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JJ269J 01-19-2013 09:52 AM

68 Camaro dash pad recovering help
Hey guys,

I'm needing some opinions on how to attack restoring the dash pad for a 68 Camaro. The original was heavily cracked and the frame rusted. I removed the foam and cover (mostly in pieces). I wire brushed the frame to remove most of the heavy rust and plan to coat it with Rust Encapsulator before recovering. The front of the dash (leading edge) foam looks to be about 1/2" thick and it tapers down to about 1/8" at the back (see pic #2 below). So my question is, how do I recreate this smoothly? Any other recommendations for covering this? I was thinking maybe just covering the whole thing with 1/4" closed cell foam and covering that or using 1/2" sew foam but I don't know how to taper it smoothly. I was also wanting to add a seam on the top leading edge for a more custom looks with contrasting color thread. Also, because I don't know that its possible to cover the whole thing with a single piece of material. Thanks!

DanTwoLakes 01-19-2013 10:45 AM

I would use 1/2" closed cell foam for the whole thing, and grind it down in the back. Don't put any sew foam over it, just smooth it out to your satisfaction and then glue down the vinyl over the top of the closed cell foam. Closed cell foam is very firm, and it will be easier to keep the vinyl smooth than with softer foam. You need to scuff the surface of the closed cell foam on both sides anyway, or it won't accept the high temp top and trim contact adhesive you should use to hold everything down.

JJ269J 01-19-2013 12:44 PM

Thanks for the quick reply Dan. I will give that a shot. What would you suggest I use to shape the 1/2" foam? Would a flat sanding board work? I have several and a pneumatic in line sander. What grit sand paper do you use for this type of task? I will take my time with it, but do you suggest any tricks to make sure I maintain a uniform shape? Thanks again.

JJ269J 01-19-2013 12:53 PM

One more question. I bought some stuff from in the past, but they do not have 1/2" closed cell foam. Who do you recommend as an online resource?

DanTwoLakes 01-19-2013 01:20 PM

As long as the dash is out of the car, any sander will do, but if you have a pneumatic in line sander, and a DA for the finish work, I would think that would work really well. It won't take a lot of grit to sand it down, just do a little trial and error. If you can't find any 1/2" closed cell, I have a supplier that has it. A yard of it 60" wide would be about $30 shipped directly to you. I don't know if I can buy less than a yard, but I'll check. PM me if you want me to get it for you.

My next question is do you really have to sand it at all? I'd use 1/4" for the whole thing if it doesn't matter.

JJ269J 01-19-2013 01:39 PM


Originally Posted by DanTwoLakes (Post 1636597)
My next question is do you really have to sand it at all? I'd use 1/4" for the whole thing if it doesn't matter.

Good point. This is a custom resto mod type build, so I'm not to concerned with factory original look. I just might try the 1/4" and no sanding and see how it looks and go from there. You've been a big help. Thanks.

DanTwoLakes 01-19-2013 02:24 PM

You're welcome. That's why they give me the big money here.

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