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Old 08-12-2003, 12:25 PM
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Dash panel - paint or upholster?

I'm working on a new dash for my '52, I was planning on upholstering it, but maybe painting it body color might be pretty good looking, too. That just means I have to do a little more work on the fit and finish but I can handle it. There's a lower half to this dash, separated by a piece of trim. I'm thinking paint the top half and upholster the bottom half. Any other ideas? I'm trying to keep it reasonably period-correct, but with a touch of luxo-cruiser..

Here's a pic of the top half. It's fiberglass, with a layer of kitty hair over top to help me level it out.



And a rough picture of what I want it to look like:


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Old 08-14-2003, 01:37 AM
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i would paint the top and cover the bottom only if the rest of the interior is going to be custom and covered with the same material.
if not i would just paint the whole thing.
looks good though
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what he said...

i think cars with the dash painted to match the exterior look good. especially if you could bring in something from the out side. like a pinstripe, piece of molding, or an emblem.
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Old 08-14-2003, 12:51 PM
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I think paint would be a good idea, not only for the continuity it would bring but it's practical as well. After a period of years the upholstery will begin to dry and crack or fade and look washed out. It's much easier to repaint than to re-upholster.

just my opinion.

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Old 08-14-2003, 04:11 PM
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I'm with everyone else. I would paint as much of the interior as possible (without going too far). Something about the look that makes it look a lot "cleaner" if you know what I mean.
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Old 08-15-2003, 09:35 AM
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Thanks for the replies. Sounds like we're all thinking along the same lines here - painting the top half and upholstering the bottom half to match the rest of the upholstered interior. There will also be a molding that runs from the dash, along just below the windows at the top of the door panel, around the whole interior. I'll paint that as well (once I build it ) to match the body color.

Spooki - good point about bringing something from the outside to the inside. I wanted to do some chrome trim, but didn't have an idea what it should look like. Maybe a chevy emblem on the glove box door.. Still gotta come up with something good.
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looking good, & like everyone else I'd paint it too.. Easy to maintain & a place to throw your cr@p lol.... as for what to bring into the cab of the truck, hell use those graphics that i see of the interior... hell if you can do that, you should be able to play around w/it & see what looks best. Write down some ideas of what you want like a pinstripe, piece of molding, an emblem or whatever & then throw thoses ideas onto your virtual dash and truck. Then make copies & study them... We all know what we have seen at some of the shows we've been too.... Some WILD & CRAZY STUFF stuff to make us go and even a few .... SOOOO no matter what you do, it'll come out GREATTTTT..............joe
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Hey could yall tell me whit kinda program you used on the computer to design things like the dash. Please
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Old 08-23-2003, 11:54 AM
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Chris - check out GMax by Discreet software. It's a stripped-down version of what I use and should do all you want. But it's free!

It's strictly a modelling program, though - to render a picture, you may need to find another (free) rendering program. There's probably a link on their web site to something. I warn you, though - there's a fair learning curve to it. I had a quick look on the web and didn't find a 3D mesh of a Pinto, which could set you back a ways too..

There may also be an exporter to the Cult3D viewer - have a look at that here - you'll have to accept the installation of the viewer, but it's quick and painless. Please excuse my weak modeling skills, too.
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