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  • How to Restore a Car Dashboard

    Over time, the constant exposure to heat, sunlight and dust can age your vehicle's dashboard. This can cause the dashboard to look dull and the surface to be weak. This is why it is a good idea to know how to restore your dash. Below, we take a look at what you will need and exactly how to restore your vehicle's dashboard.

    What You Will Need to Restore Your Dashboard

    In order to make your dashboard like new again, you will need to purchase some supplies. Fortunately, it only takes several, cost-effective store-bought items to reinvigorate the color and texture of your dashboard, thereby strengthening the vinyl/plastic material. Here is what you need:

    • Several lint-free polishing cloths
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Cleaning eraser (any erasing product with melamine foam like the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or Scotch-Brite Easy Erasing Pad)
    • Automotive dashboard cleaner
    • Glass cleaner
    • Baby oil
    • Paper towels
    • Dashboard protectant

    Once you have all of your supplies, it is time to put them to good use and restore your dash.

    Restoring Your Dashboard

    The first thing you want to do is take one of your lint-free cloths and dampen it with some cool water. Use your damp cloth to wipe down the dashboard, cleaning it of all surface dust and dirt. If there is any ink on your dashboard, saturate another cloth in rubbing alcohol and gently wipe it on the affected areas. Rub any scuff marks off of your dashboard with a cleaning eraser that has been lightly dampened with water. Now, take your automotive dashboard cleaner and spray some on a clean lint-free cloth. Wipe your entire dash with the wet cloth, starting from one end working your way thoroughly to the other. Be sure to scrub any additional debris that is stuck onto the dashboard, and feel free to reapply the dashboard cleaner to the cloth as needed in order to completely clean the surface.

    Now, it is time to clean the other parts of your dash. Take another lint-free polishing cloth, spray some glass cleaner onto it, and clean the coverings on the odometer, gas gauge and other indicators. Apply baby oil to a paper towel, and rub the indicators' coverings with the paper towel to fill in any existing minor scratches. Finally, apply your dashboard protectant solution to a polishing cloth, and rub the protectant onto your now clean dash to add a UV-resistant coating that will help prevent scratches, dings and excessive heat and sun damage. You have now successfully restored your dashboard, making it once again like new.

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  • Project Debris Capri Interior Update- Making Old Interior Parts Look New!

    It's been a while since we've updated everyone on J.R.'s Project "Debris" Capri project, but he's been busy! Most recently he updated the look of the worn out original interior. This isn't a vehicle you can grab a catalog and order repopped interior parts for, so he had to get creative.

    After looking around at many modern day sports cars, he decided he wanted to try and replicate the black and tan two-tone color scheme newer Porsches were using. This was not going to be an easy task!



    He decided to use a mix of autobody and interior products from Eastwood along the way. First he tackled the dash bezel by removing the original woodgrain decal and respraying the bezel with Eastwood Wrinkle Black Paint. For the final detail he used an Eastwood prototype Silver Metallic Interior Paint on the gauge surrounds. The transformation of just this part alone was great!

    Next J.R. moved on to restoring the original weathered door cards. These days they had a permanent green tint on the vinyl that was a bit scary. After cleaning the panels with PRE Painting Prep, he applied a light coat of SEM Adhesion Promoter, followed by a few light coats of SEM Camel Interior Paint and SEM Landau Black Interior Paint. With the door panels looking fresh again, you could see the color scheme for the interior was coming together nicely.

    The last important part of this interior restoration project was the weathered dashboard. Like many cars this age, the dashboard was cracked quite badly. First he applied expanding foam to fill and replace the foam that had deteriorated. Once he had the cracks filled and the surface level, he used the new Eastwood Contour Body Filler to smooth out the top of the dash and blend in the repair areas. He finished up the job by respraying the dash with the same colors he used on the other interior parts.

    Now that the parts have all come together. You can really see how he transformed and updated the look of the interior in the Capri from a tacky 70's era color scheme, to a timeless two-tone look. J.R. has a few more bits to finish up, then drop a carpet in it, and he should be ready to cruise in style this summer. Stay tuned for more updates!




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