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post #76 of 350 (permalink) Old 08-29-2014, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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So I finished the dash yesterday but imo it turned out terrible. The vinyl was too thick to stretch and curve over the a/c vents. The glue couldn't hold it down and it kept lifting up. Also the seams were bulky since I folded them over.

In the end I stripped off all the vinyl and I'm going to start all over. However this time around I'm going use suede. The downside to suede is that its not like alcantara so it will fade in the sun. Knowing this I'm going to do everything in suede except for the top portion which I will still do in vinyl since that area actually turned out pretty nice. I have tint, and always use a sunshade when my car is outside so hopefully I don't have a problem with fading.

I can see why people opt for suede or alcantara instead of leather or vinyl now. The vinyl is about a millimeter thick while the suede is very thin, similar to a bedsheet. It's alot easier to work with and I'm sure I'll have no problems stretching it around curves.

I'm studying rararoy's interior right now, and I actually had a chance to talk to him in person at Wekfest last year. He did everything himself but got his friend to do the stitching for him and as you can see it looks pretty good.





My interior won't look as flashy as Roy's since I want it to look oem, but his interior gives me a pretty good idea of how to wrap the dash.

If the dash still doesn't turn out well after this I'll just order a new dashboard from Sewell Lexus. Regular price is $520 but for my.is members its only $360. The shop I took it to before was going to charge me $500, so even with all the money I spent so far I haven't passed my budget of $500 that I was reserving for this dash project.
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Awww. that sucks, why didn't you just paint it??

Forgot to ask, what are you going to do with your old dash?

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How are you going to clean it? With a lint roller???

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Awww. that sucks, why didn't you just paint it??

Forgot to ask, what are you going to do with your old dash?
I wanted to try something different, even though it didn't turn out right it was a good learning experience. Whenever I try painting in my backyard something always comes along and ruins it. I either get pollen on it, bird crap, insects, or runs. Its always something and since it's a interior piece I can't just fix it by wetsanding and polishing like a exterior piece. Also I'm not confident that the vinyl/plastic trim paint offered in auto parts stores will match the rest of the interior.

Also if I do purchase a new dash I'll just use the old one to experiment with painting/wrapping until I get it right. It already been 2 weeks since I removed the dash so I really want to get it back together and get started on the turbo install.

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How are you going to clean it? With a lint roller???
If it comes to it yes
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Just got accepted into Wekfest Texas 2014, now I have a deadline to get the dash and turbo install done



The dash is coming along pretty well. I made the top portion with the vinyl and cut up patches of the suede for the lower parts today. The suede is alot easier to work with and it already looks alot better than before. If I don't mess anything up it should be finished by the end of tomorrow

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Congratz bro!! When is Wekfest Texas??

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Thanks, and Wekfest Texas is on October 19th

Also got some more progress done on the dash. It's turning out alot better than before

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Finally finished wrapping the dash, it turned out pretty good. There's some areas where some overspray from the glue touched the suede, but overall I'm pretty satisfied with the results





I still need to finish wrapping the glovebox, the trim on the center console, and the panel under the steering column. Once I finished those pieces, I'll put everything back in the car.
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You gonna wrap the cluster surround?
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I was going to, but there's a chance I might just buy a new dash in a few years so I didn't want to mess it up by wrapping it. I know of a local junkyard here in Houston with like 15 IS300s so I'll probably go get a extra from one of those and wrap that one
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Props bruh!! You did it!!

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Congrats on getting into wekfest, might see you up in Houston. im thinking about submitting.

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That dash turned out fantastic!

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