Cracked Dashboard Repair – Padded Dashboard


This Datsun 280Z dash has a large split in
the vinyl, exposing the underlying urethane foam. The vinyl is puckered at each edge, which will
require a fairly wide repair. This drawing shows a cross section of the
damaged dash with the split vinyl curling up and the cratered out foam underneath. This is the first step of the repair sequence – opening up the crack and removing the curled up vinyl. You should bevel the edges of the vinyl as
much as possible to make a smooth transition. The next step of the repair process will be
to fill the missing foam with FiberFlex welding rod. Note that the FiberFlex is applied over the
edges of the vinyl. Our last step will be to apply Padded Dash
Filler over the entire area, making sure the edges of the repair area remain buried underneath to minimize any haloing effects. The first step is to clean the surface with
1000 Super Clean plastic cleaner to remove any silicone dressings
that may have been applied. Using a Dremel tool with a drum sander,
or a rotary sander, sand back the puckered vinyl cover
until the cover is fairly flat. Sand back to expose vinyl that still has a
solid connection to the underlying foam. V out the urethane foam with the sander to
expose the foam underneath. Bevel the edges of the vinyl as much as possible
with the sander. Feather back the repair area with 80 grit
sandpaper in a dual-action sander. Use a Polyvance airless plastic welding tool
with the FiberFlex welding rod to fill the v-grooved foam completely. The FiberFlex will link into the foam and form a solid, yet flexible, foundation for the filler that will be applied. Once the FiberFlex cools, sand flush with
80 grit in a DA sander. If any low spots remain, reapply FiberFlex,
let cool, and sand again. Blow the area dust free with compressed air. Apply 1060FP Filler Prep to the area that will be filled. Mix 2050-9 Padded Dash Filler with cream hardener. Mix completely until the putty turns a uniform color. Apply Padded Dash Filler over the repair, several
inches on either side of the welded area to bury the edges of the v-grooved area. Sand filler with 80 grit, then 180 grit sandpaper. When finished, the filler should still cover the edges of the vinyl so as to keep them buried under the filler. Sand the entire dashboard with 180 grit sandpaper
to remove much of the existing texture. Apply 1050 Plastic Magic overall to help the primer stick to the dashboard. Apply a Polyvance waterborne primer to fill
the existing texture. Sand overall with 240 and 320 grit paper. Apply spot putty over the repair area if necessary,
sand, then reapply primer. Keep sanding and priming until the surface
is fairly smooth and the repair area is hidden. The dash can be retextured with our aerosol
texture spray for do-it-yourselfers. Apply three light coats by “splattering”
the paint droplets on the surface to simulate texture. For more control over the texture appearance, use Polyvance’s Flextex VT texture spray with a 2.0 nozzle spray gun. Apply three light coats by splattering the
paint droplets on the surface. Keep the gun moving and don’t allow the
paint to load up or flow out. The finished dash looks nearly brand-new thanks
to plastic repair products from the innovator in plastic repair, Polyvance.

100 comments

  • Gustavo Amador

    I need this, is there a kit with that has all you need to make small repairs?

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  • jerkygutts *

    Hell we just use drywall mud out here in Oklahoma…wtf is a 290 ez sound like some kind tax form or one them Chinese dune buggy’s 😂😂

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  • John Ellison

    Sweet

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  • Michael David

    Couldn't the dash be recovered?

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  • Rafdel Channel

    Nice

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  • Rafdel Channel

    Nice

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  • Digger D

    What a pain.

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  • mehmet rasim inceoglu

    I would give a thumb up for the tutorial but I have already gave it away for the heavy metal riff at the beginning. Great tutorial and great craftsmanship.

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  • HauntBots

    I spent the entire video looking forward to the end to see the trick to match the grain in the vinyl, and then they didn’t.

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  • jigc23

    Or you can just get a dash cover

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  • нуржан сарсенов

    Good job

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  • Алексей Пашкевич

    Охуенно! Что тут скажешь

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  • Fred Rocha

    Why does he sound like Ray Romano lol 😂

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  • Ghazi غازي

    Thanks god there is no cracks in my 23 years old benz dashboard , my only problem with the dashboard is the color , its black but 1 year ago white spots started to appear so i am using a Getsun its a nice product will last about 2 to 3 weeks depending on the weather , but i need a permanent soultion , i am thinking to spray paint the dash with colorbond or duplicolor but am afraid to make it worse … 😕
    Any ideas ??

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  • Ghazi غازي

    Amazing job 👍

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  • H0L1DAY1

    That looked so easy.My father owns a body shop and I have a old 2007 Honda accord and the dashboard wrecked.Im gonna try this before I buy a new dashboard.

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  • The Puppet Of Everything

    Wow the detail is outstanding. Personally I would of just added some kind of Bondo and add leather over it.

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  • Mostafa Mohamed

    Awesome

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  • GARY JACQUES

    What a mess. Not for weekend warriors

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  • BULLYNGAN Club TV

    Caramba o melhor canal de dicas automotivas que eu conheço.
    Vourecuperar um painel do Vaz-2105 graças a vcs.
    Parabens

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  • Marco Acuna

    Fuckkk I’ll just buy another car 😂😂😂

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  • Joe Schlotthauer

    It doesn't have the grain or texture of the old dash pad….

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  • Brown Man

    This won't work if dash is brittle across all areas

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  • مالك الأول

    👍🏾👍🏾💓

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  • ZW

    Чуток накосячил все-равно. Не придираюсь, идея ремонта отличная, но на последних кадрах видно ребро панели криво сделано. Ну как так то? 6'44"

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  • Charles Butler

    Amazing product

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  • Chill Man

    I would probably wrap it in a layer of leatherette just to keep the UV Ray's and heat off the plastic to keep it from happening again

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  • Herson Cruz

    Good company I used their hood repair kit for kenworth .

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  • Benny

    Fiberflex = zip ties. 👍

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  • Darren Williams

    Or just get a second hand dash and get if fitted

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  • stenbak88

    Nearly

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  • Vulcan S

    People will do anything not to replace something

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  • DJ Tech12zz

    I need to do this on a 87 Buick Grand National that was already cracked in the same spot as the car in the video in 1995 when I bought it. It’s funny I’ve owned my 87 WE4 Turbo-T since it was brand new and honestly it wasn’t hard to take care of and 31 years later it still can pass as new. My buddy in Florida bought a Grand National that same year because he liked mine and by 1995 his dashboard was already had a big crack and you can tell the sun really kicked it’s ass. Now I own both of them and they both stay in the garage. But I would like to fix that crack in the dashboard. It literally looks just like the crack in this video.

    I bought mine in 1987 in Brooklyn ny. He bought his that same year in Florida. In 95 I bought his and brought it to ny. In 2015 when I retired I moved to Florida and brought both cars with me. Point I’m trying to make is does Florida sun and heat really ruin cars like that? Because honestly after looking at the clear coat peeling off every car that over 10 years old down here. It scares the shit out of me to take my WE4 out of the garage lol.

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  • Ginger228

    видно грань неровную, я думал сделают лучще. но не плохо

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  • John Hodgson

    The video shows a can being sprayed for the texture part. I cannot find that can in the list or on your website??

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  • Gary B

    Neat video, did not know this was possible. Can you do a more in depth video of your texture spray some time? Thanks for sharing!

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  • Jon Jones

    I give it a 10 before the orange peel coat. Just dont understand the orange peel coat. Anyway.. That is an awesome system. I am impressed.

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  • fc1jz

    Nope thanks to your master skills. Thankyou Sir!!!

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  • TODO VALE

    para los putos que se la pasan criticando a don Pepe el mil profesiones vean donde quiera usan la pasta pero como son gringos ni abren el osico para la crítica

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  • Enter into the truth

    good job but the vinyl texture is not as before.

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  • david gonzalo castañeda ramirez

    Eso no sirve el sol cuartea pa pasta i se buelbe por el sol i las bribraciones del carro es espuma donde aplicas la pasta no es lamina eso en dos o tres meses se buelbe a estrellar

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  • abuhamza1970

    Once complete you might want to think about protecting it with 303 aerospace protectant

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  • Dom Weselny

    So … you have to spend 250$+ in products and about 10 man/hours to end up with dash that looks nothing like original, and actually decrease value of restoration.

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  • Robert Jensen

    Holy God, it'd take me 10 months to do the job you just did. Meanwhile, what do I use for a car?

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  • damian campoz

    looks like shit , for as m and stecher vinyl is better and chesper

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  • Cliff West

    Annoying music in the background.

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  • M Light

    Awesome video,thanks.Very helpful.

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  • JayAllenW 90

    How to repair a dashboard? Just replace it. Their….I just saved u 7 minutes. Your welcome.

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  • Bob Holsopple

    They used so many tools and parts it would have been cheaper and faster to get a new one lmao

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  • Scott Winfield

    Excellent. Think I'll give it a go on my 1974 BMW.

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  • Racer 67

    Thats alot of work! really depends on the dash for what car n year and availability for a new one n cost! It might not be worth all this effort

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  • Tommy Jack

    A lot of work but it looks brand new, awesome job

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  • Noforgiving Rebecca

    I think that's a lot of work …I just bought a nice dash cover instead for my Acura TL …. That was the only eyesore on a 15 year old car….

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  • E.V.G F.P#1

    Thats to much work…..the labor is going to cost a bunch…….its better to get a good used one or new

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  • runstreetsofvegas

    Well that will cost you

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  • 2GRIPZ CRUISER

    If you woulda said bondo your dash alot of people would be like oh ok thanks next. And No vid

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  • Brian Lehmkuhl

    Good work, like a body shop for interiors. Easiest way I know is to just apply a vac formed dash cap with OEM leather grain finish.

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  • Ally Oop

    Why do you find it necessary to play the annoying satanic sound effects?

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  • Cleavis Butkus

    I chose to buy a dash cover. 40 bucks

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  • Polyvance.

    Visit this video page on our website to see the full list of products used and other helpful tips: https://www.polyvance.com/video/dashboard-repair/cracked-dashboard-repair-padded-dashboard

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  • ANTONIOS

    Brilliant work well done. From UK

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  • Jason Julies

    Bob Vance of Vance Refrigeration opened up a second business I see

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  • dieselscience

    When does your new CD drop?

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  • Harris Caldwelly

    Too much much work.. have to own a shop to use this shit just have the old one reupholstered or replaced.

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  • Birdlips

    The guy at Autozone didn’t know what I was talking about when I told him what tools I needed to rent.

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  • Drak Keelen

    quedó como nuevo, un resultado muy satisfactorio 🙂

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  • Wilfrido Quintana

    I gotta get the cracks of my dash so I can flock it!!

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  • GentlemensTuck

    I used wood glue on an 84 volvo when I was a kid. Actually looked less noticeable then a massive crack.

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  • Nofer Trunions

    What was the cost of products used to do that repair?

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  • Olefile Rasina

    How much is your video as well as the material

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  • Sharath Babu

    Can we fix bumper brackets?

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  • Nur Hidayat

    Hallow I am From Indonesia. How to spray dashboard texture ?

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  • TimmyP1955

    I loved my old Z – until the dash cracked and the rust set in. A beautiful fix.

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  • remigio de dios jr

    Is cheaper to fix it or buy a new/used one?

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  • Yo Mama

    That was truly amazing, but what do you got for the yutz who cannot take their dash out. Well, i can get it out, but itll probably ever go back in! LoL
    And my dash is sad. It went to the desert too long

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  • SAM Taylor

    Isn’t it cheaper to just buy another dark. Labor + materials……

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  • David Somers

    I wish my old F150 plastic dash was a bit more flexible (less brittle) as more akin to vinyl rework. Gonna have to do this method for the dash top on my Pontiac Ventura though. Fantastic video, I really didn't think this was a viable fix when I heard about it. Definitely changed my mind!

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  • Megazone Music

    Can I do this w/o an orbital sander? I dont own any of those tools. I just have different types of sandpaper with different grits

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  • Jackxiel Rod

    Can you do my e30 bmw dash

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  • Knightmonx

    hmm can it fix the foam divots that flake off on my steering wheel.

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  • Sergio.S

    Horror

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  • sNiiPeZ_03

    I think it would be much easier, and look much nicer if a person were to just fill the spot(s) like they did in the video, then go buy a new roll of vinyl at a fabric shop and use contact cement to stick the vinyl back on.

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  • Kevin Jackson

    who does this work? In Dallas area/

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  • Antonio Reyes

    Yo no se inglés pero quedó muy bien el arreglo del dash.
    Yo creía que eso no se podía reparar, porque hay personas que vende el automóvil, porque el dash está roto. Me gustó su información. Buen video.

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  • Nicos Nicolaou

    Seems like a visit to the scrapyard or ebay is so much easier. This looks great, but so much effort. I would only consider if a replacement cannot be found

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  • Mat

    With dry noodles no?

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  • exiled

    Awesome

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  • Jarno Saarinen

    Looks like it could do with a good coat of black!

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  • Eduardo Alvarez

    Great video for full dash but i only some minor spot so this doesnt help

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  • c0ntag10n

    This was fantastic!

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  • dt chevy 73

    Niiiice, gotta do my 88maro dash

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  • Stephen Clark

    For the price of this tool of $309 Plus everything else fiberglass all that stuff you're talking like for $500 I could just buy a new dash for my classic car from Classic Industries

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  • J. C.

    Wow that's awesome.

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  • Jukefox

    I wish i could do this to my 1972 international scout's dash, but it looks more like mudcrack than a gash

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  • Kim Jong Un

    we in asia fix this using noodle only.

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  • Chris Lewis

    A load of work but definitely worth it, freakin' amazing!

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  • Sherry Madden

    Terrible music !!! Couldn't stand it. Had to leave.

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  • Andrew H

    In today's video we are going to go over how to increase your chance of developing cancer by over %5000. If you have an immune system left after this video, please see out other video on how to suck out the exhaust fumes with lung power.

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  • mrmanitoba

    Oh now I find a video on this. I karate chopped my dash in half and threw it in the garbage.

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  • Abhinay Ap

    Is this possible to Activa

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