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First Gen Dash Covers

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43 minutes ago, RockinRiviDad said:

 

BINGO...YES, its a cheapo $150 PVC cover from DashTops. I really enjoy the look & the cost. I only call it cheap because its plastic & costs so much less than having an upholstery shop do it. I could have saved money if I would have covered it myself with vinyl. But I don't have those kind of skills & I had bought this plastic one many moons ago anyway  

 

My suggestions:

if u are looking for show car quality, or u have a rare car or u just have stimulus money burning a hole in your pocket :) ...then goes to an upholstery shop for your dash cover

if u are on a budget (like me) &/or u are ok with driver quality...then go with a DashTop...(although I haven't really cared to look close enough, but this DashTop cover is so nice I bet some guys show their cars with this cover on them)

 

good luck...hope this helped. let us know what u get & we LOVE pix (well, at least, I do :)  )


yeah that does help a lot. My big concern with the dash cap is how it looks under the lip because that’s where mine is the worst. It looks like the cap does come around the lip and cover that too?

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This DashTop cover is designed to cover every inch of your old ratty vinyl. Here is a pic of the underside. U can see the part that would cover what u are calling “under the lip”.

 

I haven’t heard of anyone being disappointed after buying this DashTop. But u will need some basic skills to get this cover to glued down. I would ask for 2 tubes of glue or buy your own glue from the hardware store. I didn’t think the one tube that comes with the cover was enough 
 

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On 4/16/2020 at 9:37 PM, RockinRiviDad said:

i can’t answer for Paul
 

But I hope u don’t mind a little game. Hopefully u didn’t see this on the other thread I posted on. If u didn’t see it, don’t cheap. Can u tell if this is a DashTop PVC cover or a dash covered by real vinyl??

 

 

Rockin’, I cannot tell what material the dash cover is made. Whatever it is, it looks real good. I have a DashTop I painted to match my red interior and I’m satisfied with my results.

Turbinator

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I ordered a black one yesterday. Looking forward to installing it.

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7 hours ago, bodayguy said:

I ordered a black one yesterday. Looking forward to installing it.

Do yourself a favor. Remove the old vinyl. The the new Dash Top will add unwanted bulk to the appearance of the dash pad. Then fill in the divots in the foam rubber that is left over with silicone caulk. Squeegee the caulk so it is smooth. Put your new Dash Top on.

Others May say you need not remove the original vinyl. Well, with the Dash Top try a dry fit with the original vinyl and see how it fits. If you like the dry fit you have your answer.

Here is one that was hand covered.

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Here is a DashTop I painted/dyed to a color more to my liking..39D9963F-049C-4347-84E8-DBF479180555.thumb.jpeg.31c1120869bffc039272adede5496651.jpeg

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3 hours ago, Turbinator said:

Here is a DashTop I painted/dyed to a color more to my liking..39D9963F-049C-4347-84E8-DBF479180555.thumb.jpeg.31c1120869bffc039272adede5496651.jpeg

That’s beautiful 👆🏻

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In the works on mine. I removed most of the vinyl around the edges. I found the one bottle of glue was enough, although I will be going back to add more under the front lip. Instructions say not to use glue over the entire top because the cap needs to expand in the heat.


One nice thing about having a black interior is the adhesive is black also so you can’t mess it up too easily.

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One of the best ways to evenly distribute weight on a surface when gluing two things together is the bags of play sand you get at the home improvement centers.  Best thing I've found for uneven surfaces.  Especially good for gluing the aluminum disc to an air cleaner housing.  When you no longer need the sand, spread it on your lawn or your garden.

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Correct. It stated not to glue the middle to allow for expansion. The instructions also said to run a “pencil size bead across all edges”. At the time, I thought that was large bead. But I interpreted “edges” as entire front & rear of dash pad, along left & right sides & finally around the speaker opening. They must be selling bigger tubes of glue now with the DashTop or u didn’t run a “pencil size bead”. 
 

looking good tho. I used scrap 1/2” bar stock & clamped it along the edges to hold it firmly. Ed’s sandbag idea is cool. I’ll have to try that on something someday 

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Placing a thick cloth on the emblem and using a magnet will hold the emblem in place.

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All done. Overall I am very pleased with how that turned out. It’s not a perfect fit, the sides are just off some, and you end up with a modern plastic textured surface compared to the softer vinyl original, but for the price, it’s a very professional finish. 

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Bodayguy, truly I have no idea how anyone could do better. Leather, maybe. Even with leather as a maybe it will be close. Did you take off the original skin?

The on;y reason I took my original skin off was because of past experience in retrofitting. I very could have gone to a lot of trouble taking off my original skin for naught. 
Good job.

Turbinator

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