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Old 01-07-2013, 09:16 PM
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Fill crack in dash pad and steering wheel hole

Hi all,

Looking for a little advice on filling holes in a steering wheel and a dash pad.

The steering wheel is in good shape but had cruise control buttons in it which I've taken out. My thought is to fill the holes, perhaps with 2 part plastic bumper filler, paint it, and get a leather wrap for the rim. Not sure if that's the best filler. Wheel is made of a soft rubbery plastic and I'm not even sure if it can be painted with any success. I have the centre piece and will think of something to put in there, unless someone has any ideas. The wheel is the original steering wheel from the column I've installed in my 77 F100.

When I fill it should I bevel the sides of the hole with a sharp knife?

The dash pad is off a 77 F100 and is a pretty simple shape. My plan for it is to fill the crack and re-cover with vinyl. I'll cut back the crack until it's even with the rest (it's kind of raised along the edges of the crack) and fill, maybe with the 2 part filler again. I've read of guys using silicone, or household foam crack filler for this but not sure. Seems the silicone would be too soft, and the foam, well, it's for insulation. This seems like the cheapest way to repair the dash with a colour change and have it look good. I've heard the dash caps can look cheesy.
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