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Unread 10-25-2013, 09:19 PM   #1
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Quick dashpad restoration

So I got to thinking that with my new paint and all the dash lights and gauges working I should have a nice dash pad. My original was in good shape as far as cracks but it was pretty crappy in back, the metal was all rusted. It was also seven shades of all wrong colors. I had heard about using SEM color coat in "camel" so I decided to try it.
I wire brushed the back then hit the rough stuff with a flapper disc. I blew out all the crap and wiped it down with paint prep. I had some of the basic rattle can bed liner hanging around from the inner fender job I did when I painted it so I used that on the back.
I hit the front with a grey scotchbrite pad, wiped it down then shot it with the SEM stuff.
I though about how to get the letters nice and crisp for a while then got the idea to spray paint a piece of glass with my silver Rustoleum and press it on the letters. Take a look, The color doesn't 100% match my spice Bestop safari and Smittybuilt seats but it's close enough.

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Unread 10-26-2013, 06:55 AM   #2
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Looks great. I wish I gad thought of the painted glass technique. Will keep that in mind next time.
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Unread 10-26-2013, 07:00 AM   #3
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Very nice. I just did the same thing but left the Jeep logo spice. The glass is a neat idea.
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Unread 10-26-2013, 07:09 AM   #4
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Why do some CJ's have dash pads and some don't?
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Unread 10-26-2013, 07:53 AM   #5
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Because Federal standards came along and demanded that dashes be softer than metal. (1976 I think)

Many of us toss them for a couple of reasons. First, they are water magnets and can contribute to the windshield frames rusting away. The other reason is many of us feel they detract from the original look of the Jeep.

Of course the Jeep's dash evolved with time and they're not original without the pad, but we feel it's closer to the look. And couple that to the pad cracking if left out in the sun, and for some of us removing the dash pad solves the problem.
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Unread 10-26-2013, 08:06 AM   #6
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Because Federal standards came along and demanded that dashes be softer than metal. (1976 I think)

Many of us toss them for a couple of reasons. First, they are water magnets and can contribute to the windshield frames rusting away. The other reason is many of us feel they detract from the original look of the Jeep.

Of course the Jeep's dash evolved with time and they're not original without the pad, but we feel it's closer to the look. And couple that to the pad cracking if left out in the sun, and for some of us removing the dash pad solves the problem.
My 83 didn't have one when I bought it, glad it didn't I don't like the looks of them.
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Unread 10-26-2013, 09:12 AM   #7
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Looks great. I wish I gad thought of the painted glass technique. Will keep that in mind next time.
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Unread 10-26-2013, 09:20 AM   #8
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Your Dash pad looks great and I'm trying to figure out what to do with a small crack that has developed in my OEM pad. Super glue maybe?

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Unread 10-26-2013, 09:25 AM   #9
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My 83 didn't have one when I bought it, glad it didn't I don't like the looks of them.
Not my choice either, but this IS a nice restoration. I like the glass trick!
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Unread 10-26-2013, 02:39 PM   #10
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Keith, I had good luck using a vinyl repair kit on one before. They come with a variety of colors which you can mix to get different results, but the black is easy.
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Unread 10-26-2013, 03:34 PM   #11
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I've used superglue successfully on cracks before
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Your Dash pad looks great and I'm trying to figure out what to do with a small crack that has developed in my OEM pad. Super glue maybe?

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I did a search on dash pad crack repair a while back, because I had the same problem, and I saw several that were repaired nicely with JB Weld pushed into the crack and smoothed out, then dabbed with a rag to give it the texture.
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Unread 10-27-2013, 04:18 PM   #13
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Your Dash pad looks great and I'm trying to figure out what to do with a small crack that has developed in my OEM pad. Super glue maybe? Sent from my iPhone using JeepForum
I used jb weld in mine sanded it down looks great
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That SEM Camel is almost a perfect match for 85-86 Honey. I've painted a Laredo grab bar, visors, and door panels with it, as well as a tuffy console. The SEM does not adhere well to the door pulls, but it pretty much works on everything else.

Honey is a little different than spice, but it's "close enough" for me. My CJ's all have Honey interiors. I put a spice Supertop on the green Jeep, and have bestop seat covers in spice in the two CJ7's. Close enough match for me.
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I did a search on dash pad crack repair a while back, because I had the same problem, and I saw several that were repaired nicely with JB Weld pushed into the crack and smoothed out, then dabbed with a rag to give it the texture.
Maybe I'll give the JB Weld a try.

There are small cracks around, what seems to be, part of the dash pad protruding corner that may have gotten hit by something in the last 29 years. The pieces are still attached but are hinging and are about to fall off.
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