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Re-covering defender lower dash panel


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Hi all, I'm currently taking my 1985 90 apart to rebuild it and I have been looking at the lower dash, of course being older than I am, it's picked up a fair few dinks, scrapes, cracks and somewhere where someone's melted the vinyl covering with the fag lighter.

so the question is this, can they be re-covered or am I just going to have to live with it, as with 2nd hand ones at abour £145 from LR series, and genuine ones POA (usually means you can't afford it) new ones from craddocks (AWR5007 - RHD DUCT-HEATER With speaker without immobilisation) sliding in at £745....

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I'm just about to do this along with a load of other panels,

I've ordered high temperature (150C) Spray adhesive ... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/320768691072?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

and vinyl leatherette

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/170927525711?var=470207493874&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

Wanted to use bull hide, but can't stretch to it at the moment. Simply plan to stretch the vinyl over the panel and if it won't match the curves I'll add in a stitch line.

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aah, I'll be interested to see how it goes, I'd guess that the old vinyl is pretty brittle, but I did read somewhere that you need some foam (thin) sheet under the vinyl as there are some dips and holes in the pressing that need covering up. let us know how you get on! Cheers.

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aah, I'll be interested to see how it goes, I'd guess that the old vinyl is pretty brittle, but I did read somewhere that you need some foam (thin) sheet under the vinyl as there are some dips and holes in the pressing that need covering up. let us know how you get on! Cheers.

update: just seen this: http://blog.sharkbait.me.uk/2012/10/leather-effect-vinyl.html says using a heat gun on the vinyl lets you stretch it around corners much better...

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