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    Seville dash pad curl-up problem - possible solution

    I may have come up with a possible solution to the dreaded Seville dash pad curl up at the wood trim.
    Very low-tech, but it seems to have worked, at least for now.

    I tucked the edge of the pad back under as it should be and then took a 25 lb. plate from my barbell set and set it on the dash at the point where it's curling up.
    I put a folded towel under it so it does not leave an imprint on the vinyl.

    I also rolled up another small towel and let the front edge (edge farthest from the windshield) of the plate rest on it so that the plate is basically level and does not slide off the dash.

    I left it there for about a week, took it off and Viola! no more curl up. It seems to have changed the shape of the pad just enough to cure the problem.
    I think I 'll leave it there for a while longer and maybe intermittantly thereafter.
    The problem may return, but it seems to have worked for now.

    At first I was concerned that I might harm the dash, but it's close enough to the center console that it seems to support the weight with no problem.
    I suppose some careful use of some glue together with this method could be a permanent cure without having to remove the pad.

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    The dash is a sturdy aluminum structure, it didn't even know the 25 pounds was there. The console provides no support.

    You didn't use adhesive?

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    Re: Seville dash pad curl-up problem - possible solution

    Good to know, MC, now I won't worry about it.
    No adhesive. Seems to be staying in place.
    That was the surprising part.

    I may end up having to use some to make it absoulutely permanent.
    We'll see. If that's the case, the weight will serve as a good clamp.
    The pad has kind of a narrow lip underneath, maybe a 1/2 inch wide. There doesn't seem to be much to glue to under there.
    I don't want to glue it to the wood trim, and I'd rather not risk making a permanent mess with the glue.

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    Re: Seville dash pad curl-up problem - possible solution

    What happens is the SKIN on the dash cover is shrinking. The cover is made of 3 layers, an aluminum (or steel not sure) plate covered in foam and the skin is molded (in the same time with the foam) over the metal plate. The foam only gives thickness and softness to the cover has little resistance to hold the skin. When the skin shrinks (UV I would assume) it starts pulling the foam underneath and that's how you get the curl on the edged (it actually does not curl, is just compensating for the shrinkage.
    Last time proved dash pad cover was seen on the ’94 model year, after that all have the shrinkage issue. Wait till you hear the price of a new cover (>$1000 if you can find it).

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