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Shvegel

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Recovering dash in MB tex.
« on: February 17, 2021, 20:26:39 »
My dash was cracked in a few spots and I wanted to recover it. Unfortunately, my car has an MB-tex interior and I wanted to keep it as original as possible. I though about just covering the dash in leather but wanted to keep it MB-tex if I could so I tried a couple experiments and came up with something that works pretty well. I soaked a paper towel in Acetone and wet down the back of the vinyl.  I avoided getting any on the front.  I then peeled the cloth scrim off the back of the vinyl leaving a nice pliable, thin, solid vinyl sheet. Sort of like skived vinyl.  A little heat gun and my favorite vinyl top contact cement and voila!
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Re: Recovering dash in MB tex.
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2021, 21:39:14 »
Looks great. Nice job and good idea.

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Re: Recovering dash in MB tex.
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2021, 22:24:33 »
Nice work!
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Re: Recovering dash in MB tex.
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2021, 22:25:35 »
Wow!
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Re: Recovering dash in MB tex.
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2021, 08:08:14 »
This is a very interesting way to do it!
Certainly makes the work at corners easier.
I thought that the fabric is needed for strength. You are not concerned about cracking later on without the cloth?
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Re: Recovering dash in MB tex.
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2021, 11:44:41 »
Not at all.  The PVC is quite elastic as opposed to the original covering which I assume is ABS.

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Re: Recovering dash in MB tex.
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2021, 16:33:11 »
Maybe I should recover some dash parts with this method. I'm not 100% satisfied with my previous work. I found the sharp corners challenging.
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Re: Recovering dash in MB tex.
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2021, 23:56:40 »
Good idea, I've tried to pull the cloth off, but doesn't really work. Is the acetone super aggressive or not to risky? Will it melt thru?
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Re: Recovering dash in MB tex.
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2021, 19:12:15 »
It’s aggressive but manageable. Keep it off the face and you will be fine.

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Re: Recovering dash in MB tex.
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2021, 20:55:20 »
great idea
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Re: Recovering dash in MB tex.
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2021, 03:32:40 »
The proof is in the pudding.  No one can deny the finished product is form fitting and a beautiful looking. 
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Re: Recovering dash in MB tex.
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2021, 06:34:28 »
Just going to ad a couple of tips here as well, --when applying the contact adhesive, make sure the items
gluing  are at least 30 minutes apart before attaching, this is a common problem, has to be  touch dry
with your hand before applying.
And also, you can double up and apply cement  twice,--especially on porous items--again -half hour apart.
Also there is a fabulous product  called   303 Proctective  for vinly--its the ultimate  uv protection,
i first used this product ,when i lived in US about year 1999--2000--  .Made in Chicago IL.
sorry stopped using Armorall  years ago.

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Re: Recovering dash in MB tex.
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2021, 02:04:43 »
Wayne,
I ended up gluing up just barely dry for a couple reasons.  It allowed me to reposition if need be and the solvent in the glue helped soften the vinyl making it easier to form.  A couple of the parts I had to do twice so I peeled off the mistake and wiped all the glue off with acetone.

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Re: Recovering dash in MB tex.
« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2022, 16:20:02 »
Where did you get the vinyl and what glue did you use.

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Re: Recovering dash in MB tex.
« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2022, 12:02:04 »
Thanks for the information.
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Re: Recovering dash in MB tex.
« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2022, 12:47:23 »
My interior color is MB Tex Dark Brown.  on the GAH website it says Dark Brown color code is 709.  Is this the correct one for my interior?
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