Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Dash Restoration

  1. #1
    Jedi Hopeful DornTRoriginal's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    San Ramon, California
    Posts
    182
    Chats
    0

    Dash Restoration

    Anyone have some good recommendations for restoring the dash panel? I sprayed some glossy black paint on it and it was terrible so I quickly wiped it off. Is this painted or a sticky backed covering? Stripe and start over? Power coat? what to do? Anyone have a suggestion on how to make the panel look great? Restored instruments that are fabulous, newly covered dash and trim etc. the panel needs to look great! Ideas and suggestions please and thank you!

    Dash original.jpg
    Life is an adventure. It's not the destination we reach that's most rewarding, it's the journey we travel... every day is a gift!

  2. #2
    Jedi Knight
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    redding,ca
    Posts
    865
    Chats
    0

    Re: Dash Restoration

    The original finish for TR3A and B is to use black wrinkle paint. Available from TRF and I would expect Moss as well. I have also found it at local stores.
    Follow directions and it can produce a very attractive result. I will admit that I have added the use of a heat gun to produce a better result.
    Charley
    1962 TR4
    1963 TR4
    1959 TR3A A work in progress.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Biggsville,IL
    Posts
    66
    Blog Entries
    1
    Chats
    0

    Re: Dash Restoration

    Black wrinkle finish. Can get same from Moss Motors. A rattle can. LeT

  4. #4
    Luke Skywalker mrv8q's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA USA
    Posts
    1,699
    Chats
    0

    Re: Dash Restoration

    I used Eastwood black wrinkle paint back in 2005, and it still looks fine. Using a heat gun did the trick.
    Best, Kevin Browne
    '59 TR3A #TS58370L
    Look for The Curse of Oak Island on The History Channel

  5. #5
    Great Pumpkin TR3driver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Sunny So California
    Posts
    17,899
    Chats
    0

    Re: Dash Restoration

    There is also wrinkle black powder coat. I had Fred Thomas do mine about 15 years ago and it still looks great.
    Randall
    56 TR3 TS13571L once and future daily driver
    71 Stag LE1473L waiting engine rebuild
    71-72-73 Stag LE2013LBW waiting OD gearbox rebuild

  6. #6
    Yoda martx-5's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Kings Park, NY
    Posts
    6,436
    Chats
    26

    Re: Dash Restoration

    I used a black wrinkle (I'm pretty sure it was Rust-O-Leum) and cured it in my oven...while my wife was away!
    Art
    '58 TR3A TS236xxL
    '92 Mazda Miata -- Supercharged
    '07 Mazda RX-8
    '11 Mazda CX-7

  7. #7
    Jedi Trainee Gordon_Dedrick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Huntersville NC
    Posts
    286
    Chats
    0

    Re: Dash Restoration

    +1 with Art for paint plus heat. There is a gent here on the forum that sells councours quality TR3 cluster rebuilds. He was kind enough to give me his recipe: Preheat oven to 225, Four light coats of wrinkle paint, bake in the oven for one hour, and let it dry for a week. Unfortunately my wife came home before I could get the odor out of the kitchen.........but the gauge cluster still looks "original" after 8 years !
    Gordon

  8. #8
    Moderator Mickey Richaud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Townsend, Tennessee
    Posts
    14,256
    Chats
    3

    Re: Dash Restoration

    VHT wrinkle paint, available at most auto parts stores. I did the BGT dash several years ago, and heat is critical. My method was to hang it in front of the fireplace (winter project), and it came out perfect! Wife was happy, too... Did the valve covers and brake/clutch master cylinder housing as well.

    PICT0396.jpg

    PICT0512.jpg
    "24 hours a day; 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not." (H.L. Mencken)

    Mickey Richaud
    '73 MGB, '69 MGB GT/V6, Victor TF
    ------------------------------------------------------------

  9. #9
    Jedi Trainee Kleykamp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Lexington,Ky
    Posts
    391
    Chats
    0

    Re: Dash Restoration

    I, too, used the wrinkle paint out of the can. I believe I bought it at Advance Auto Parts. I just followed the directions on the can ( apparently a novel concept ) and it produced excellent results with even coating and texture.

  10. #10
    Jedi Trainee
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Location
    australia
    Posts
    310
    Chats
    0

    Re: Dash Restoration

    I suggest powder coat in textured finish.

  11. #11
    Jedi Warrior 6TTR3A's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Posts
    402
    Chats
    0

    Re: Dash Restoration

    I favor the VHT Wrinkle rattle can for my restorations. It only comes in 4 colors
    but I discovered a trick to finish it in any color. Do the wrinkle in black or
    gray, then, when it is fully cured, spray the finished product in a light coat
    of enamel in whatever color you choose. I did a Morgan plus four panel in
    black, then dark brown. So close to factory no one could tell.


    Attached Images Attached Images

  12. #12

    Re: Dash Restoration

    I used black wrinkle powder coat after a couple of imperfect spray paint wrinkle attempts.

    This is my seat heater panel as I don't have a dash photo handy, powder coated (by me) http://home.myfairpoint.net/kentech0...s/dscn0602.jpg
    PeterK
    1958 TR3A 1966 TR4A both HVDA

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Roberts Creek,BC
    Posts
    105
    Chats
    0

    Re: Dash Restoration

    My TR3A came with what seems to be a TR2 dash panel: never painted and covered with leather(?). I have an unopened can of wrinkle paint (circa 1998) from Eastwood if any one wants it, as I like the look of what I have!

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •