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Upolstering fiberglass dash

I think I'd like to upholster the top of my dash, when it's finished, but I'm not sure what to use to create a parting line. There is a line on the left side around the gauge pod but nothing on the right. What would you use to make a clean looking transition from upholstery to paint?

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Interesting question. What about using a styling design similar to the old Corvettes of the '60's? Didn't GM do something along those lines and actually separate the transition with a narrow, chrome piece of molding, with the leather/vinyl material sort of rolled under and around a thin foam pad? Don't know what kinda' ride this dash resides within, but you've got a great lookin' start going on. I have yet to tackle that fiberglass project yet.

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What would you use to make a clean looking transition from upholstery to paint?

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I think I would cover the inverted "V" shape right on the dash first, and then make a pad that went from the top of the driver's side just behind the edge, continue it across until just above the gauge holes, go back to the point of the inverted"V" in the dash right above the gauge holes, and then go straight over to the passenger side. Here's a rough sketch, with the yellow part being done first.
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Thanks for the input icsmannn. I was wondering if there is some sort of thin clean looking molding that would conform to the dash contours and material could attach under it but I'm not aware of any. The dash is in my 59 rambler american and it's turning out to be as much of a challenge as the rest of the car
I was hoping you would be available for opinions on this Dan. So, you would create a pad instead of gluing material directly to the dash? Do you have to make a separate piece for the center because of the shape of the dash. If a separate pad is the best option how thin can it be made? Is it possible to cover it with material applied directly to the dash?

Don't know if it makes any difference or not but, I'm making this dash as easy to remove as possible because access to all the hardware under it is almost impossible otherwise. I have separate panels that all the gauges and ac controls, etc will mount in so the dash can be removed and all that stuff will stay in place.
I have one mounting screw in the center of the dash on top and one in each corner on the top so I'd have to figure some other way of mounting it if I cover it.

Do I have to make allowance for expansion when fitting this dash? I haven't worked with fiberglass panels before and have no idea how much they move with temp changes.

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[QUOTE=americanLT1] So, you would create a pad instead of gluing material directly to the dash? Do you have to make a separate piece for the center because of the shape of the dash. If a separate pad is the best option how thin can it be made? Is it possible to cover it with material applied directly to the dash?

In order to get any kind of padding effect, the pad would need to be at least 1/2" thick not including whatever you use as the base of the pad, which would be about 1/8" thick. The little "V" shaped piece would need to be applied directly to the dash, but the larger piece would have to be upholstered separately, made into a pad and then attached to the dash. If you use PVC foamboard for the base of the pad, it can be heat formed to fit the dash. It is possible to glue the PVC together and make a one piece dash pad that includes the "V" shaped part, but that may be kind of tricky for you.

You could attach the fabric directly to the dash, but that would probably end up not being the look you want, and being more difficult than making a base and upholstering it out of the car.
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