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Poor man's Dash kit removal [several pics]

racsluos

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May 29, 2006
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82
Location
North Vancouver, BC
Corvette
1987 Gold Coupe
Here's what I did to remove the "wood" dash kit that came with my 87...

The offending trim:
start.jpg



Remove trim with putty knife:
puttyknife.jpg



This is the awful ancient adhesive left behind:
postputtyknife.jpg



Grim!:
postputtyknife2.jpg



I tried many many approaches before finding this stuff.
I spray it on and let it sit for 4-5 minutes:
solvent.jpg



Then I scrape it off with the putty knife, leaving this:
postsolvent.jpg



Then I rinse it off and sand it with this:
sandpaper.jpg



I stop sanding when it feels smooth to the touch.
It won't look perfect but that hasn't seemed to matter:
postsanding.jpg



I clean the sanded piece with this:
cleaner.jpg



Then I apply a couple of coats of this:
paint.jpg



Much better!:
done.jpg
 

Robertwav1

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Jan 7, 2003
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826
Location
Ocala, Florida
Corvette
1993 Blue
Nice job........I hate glue on surfaces that can come back to haunt you. The black on tan looks so much better. Cheers!
 

tyrel

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Sep 7, 2002
Messages
574
Location
Portland
I commend you for removing those stick-on "wood" panels. They don't belong in a corvette. Great job!
 

racsluos

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May 29, 2006
Messages
82
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North Vancouver, BC
Corvette
1987 Gold Coupe
I commend you for removing those stick-on "wood" panels. They don't belong in a corvette. Great job!

They certainly don't. Well worth the effort, including the painful discovery that a plastic "knife" can cut your hand almost as deeply as a metal one! :ugh

:beer
 

LT4man

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Jun 25, 2003
Messages
2,217
Location
Chicago
Corvette
96 Collectors Edition LT4
What a great write-up!

Sorry to hear about your hand. Amazing how plastic can be so dangerous. Thanks for the heads-up!

SAVE THE :w
 

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