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Need quick dash help please

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by '73 K5, Jul 27, 2001.

  1. '73 K5

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    I'm going to be removing my dashpad in a couple of hours to paint it, but it has a few small cracks in one area...the rest of the dash is fine. I was wondering how I could repair those cracks before I paint it. I was thinking of something like using silicone sealant and a putty knife and just filling them up that way and then painting over it. Any other ideas?

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  2. Blazer79

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    If your cracks are small, you could probably use a repair kit. It comes with different colors of some kind of silicone (I think). You mix them to match your dash color and then apply it and cure it with heat (from an iron or somethink like that).

    I tried that on my old dash, but the cracks were too big and didn't work.

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    Paint won't stick to silicone sealants. [​IMG]

    Be really careful removing that dash pad. I just took the dash apart on an '88 Blazer that a friend is parting out and the dash pad literally crumbled as I took it off. [​IMG]

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    Not sure if it's actually silicone in that kit, but since you can mix it up to match the color of your dash, it wont matter.

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    How about two words: Custom Dash

    I not you can try those repair kits. The one thing that I have found is that if one portion of the dash is brittle enough to crack, other areas are not far behind. GM still sells dashpads, or you can by the covers that you glue/silicone into place.

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    I need to replace my dash pad this weekend. I picked up a new one from the Chevy house. ($115)
    Any tricks that I should know? it looks like it should come right out. Also, have you ever had one painted? Any tips there?

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    I've seen paint that is designed to go over vinyl interior parts, but I've also seen it applied &amp; IMHO it looked like crap.

    However, that may have been the fault of the person applying it.

    John
     

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