How to Fix your Cracked Dashpad to look brand new. Many 4th Generation Camaros and Firebirds have a problem with their dash’s cracking over the years. Heres a way to fix it and make it look new, without buying a whole new piece. What You’ll Need:
Vinyl 2 yds your choice of color
Spray Adhesive ($7.99 Permatex Heavy Duty blue and orange can.)
Plastic Welder Epoxy ($2.99) 1. You’ll need to fix the broken part of the dash with the plastic welder.
2. I used cardboard and epoxy to glue the cracks back together, sand the plastic then patch the crack permanently
the cardboard adds great strength to the already strong glue, not pretty, but this will never be seen anyways.
3. SPRAY ON adhesive! Follow directions for max strength. Spray both vinyl and dash pad 2 good coats. Let dry for 5-10 mins until tacky, then press on firmly. TAKE YOUR TIME, start in the middle and work you way out getting all the air bubbles out (a hair dryer works great).
Flip over; trim the edges leaving enough overhang to fold over.
Now with the overhang, I used a hot glue gun to hold it down.. Works great and dries fast.
Trim the rest to fit, and finish folding over the flaps.
brand new dash!!!
The best part of this vinyl is that its flexible, and will withstand direct sunlight while providing support for the cracked dash underneath.
Enjoy your sweet “new” dash pad without the cracks!
You can also use leftover vinyl if you have it, to go over other areas with the same method.
That looks great. I have given a lot of thought to doing mine like that in some sort of leather. Did you have any problems with the tolerances of the pieces when you were trying to get it back in?
Considering the size of the tolerances in our interiors I doubt there should be too much problem Probably fills in the gaps and looks better aftwards
1999 Camaro 3.8L A4, Mystic Teal Metallic. Cammed, headers. Stranos and Bilsteins, Founders LCAs, relo brackets, and adj. panhard. BLS + 5000k HID.
2002 Trailblazer LS 4.2L 4x4, Forest Green Metallic and Herculiner Black two tone. Lifted.
it's no problem putting it back in, it actually fits better and gets rid of all that rattling.. as far as the vent I still have a problem with it try to come back up, but thats because I cut it to short and did not have enough to wrap under and glue to the bottom side.