[urq] Dashboard refurbish : is it possible ?

Louis-Alain Richard laraa at sympatico.ca
Fri Nov 11 17:39:19 EST 2005

Men of all solutions, I need your help.

My 1983 Quattro was one of the last with an uncracked early dash. Now, the
first crack has appeared, to my dismay.

I know the "easy" solution: replace the old-style, ugly, brown, rattle-prone
dashboard with the newer style 4000Q or Coupe GT unit. I don't want to do
that. There is also a dashpad, a molded cover that Brady calls "the fur",
that can mask the top of the dash. I don't want that either.

Since I have plenty of time and not much money (Renault contract is over,
and I will babysit lil' Estelle for the majority of winter), I had this
idea: remove all the dash panels, bring them in the shop and cover them with
a thin layer of material.

This material can be anything, but here is what came to my mind : 
1- brown vinyl, 
2- alcantara, 
3- genuine leather,
4- any fabric that will not look out of place on a car dashboard.

So, my question is : is it feasible ? 

Any one has tried that in another life ? Which material could be supple
enough ? Which glue ? 

The shape of the dash itself is kinda rectilinear, except for the air vent
openings that will be problematic. For a schematic of the dash,

In fact, only the upper part is in need of TLC. Item 33 will get its part
too, and 8, 9 and 28 could be included.

Thanks in advance, 


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