: Jazzed my guage cluster trim up with some paint

05-24-11, 01:15 PM
got bored at work the other day so i pulled the cluster when my shift indicator broke. taped the wood grain up, scuffed and layed down some paint that matches the body color, also matches my smoothed dash top. painted the gauge indicator needle also even though it dont work right now...just to be different. have to get some better pics. the camera phone didnt do too good




05-24-11, 02:20 PM
that's cool! It's a subtle change that most people wouldn't notice but will add lots of eye joy for you :)
good job and thanks for sharing the idea!

05-24-11, 05:46 PM
yep, so much better than the black that was there. like i said the gear needle also matches, no one will ever know unless i tell them, looks way better than the pics...I also just got done sanding the rocker cover things that run from the kick panel, around the seatbelt and up the backseat...i sanded all the texture off today, hand is still vibrating, gotta prime, sand and lay some paint on them. make it pop. hopefully ill get those done soon

05-24-11, 05:59 PM
Where'd you get that dash top? That's freakin' SWEET!

05-24-11, 10:01 PM
factory dash, mine had a few cracks in it so i glued the passenger airbag in, and layed fiberglass across the whole thing. after sanding, priming, more sanding. and then some color. i have a smooth dashpad matching the car

had to build up a few low spots


take down a high spot




05-24-11, 10:52 PM
That looks SO amazing. I wish I had your skills, no lie.

05-24-11, 11:04 PM
You need a project thread. Nice work.

05-24-11, 11:16 PM
im just getting started, as i stated above, i sanded all the texture off the panels that go from the kick panel to the back seat, smoothed and painted to match. its gonna look great, also working a trick back dash that will be a combo of paint and grill cloth...when work gets slow i gotta do something so i usually dig into my car or a friends vehicle just to pass time...ill post more as i get done with it

05-25-11, 09:01 AM
That's awesome! I'm ganna be doing a lot of this type of thing when I start working on the interior of my 69 caddy so it's nice to see how well it looks!

05-25-11, 09:28 AM
if you need any tips, pointers. do's and dont's. let me know

05-26-11, 12:30 PM
Excellent job, looks so shiny

05-26-11, 12:48 PM
just as shiny as the car itself...everyone told me not to do it because of glare on the windshield and honestly its no more glare than the factory brown color...i have no issues with it

05-28-11, 11:26 AM
I would love to have my dashboard done professionally. I took mine to a local upholstery guy and he didn't do so well on it. Overall the dash looks good, but not great. I guess he had a difficult time getting the vinyl to be flushed around the side vents and it looks tacky.

05-28-11, 11:44 AM
yea, you have to work with a heat gun around those corners and even then its really hard to do...on these particular dashpads though you have to do it in 2 peices. sew it across the front

not my car but its sewn where the piping is, that makes all the difference to prevent wrinkles