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Forum topic by marvelouzone posted 07-09-2013 06:57 AM 1519 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2013 06:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood dash car dash wood trim radio trim chestnut burl

I’m hoping someone can give me a little insight on this task. the attachede pictures, give an idea of what I’m trying to so. I have 2000 cl500 dash trim which the color is defined as chestnut or chestnut burl. My goal is to go from that 3 part radio which is considered 2.5 din, down to a 2 din aftermarket radio. this will involve cutting out the 3 part design to have one big opening, and then I’ll need to fill in the space to make a 2 din opening, my plan is to back the opening with a thin piece of MDF, cut 2 din opening, and fill and smooth with fiberglass/bondo. up until this point that is easy. What I need help with is finding some kind of paper thin, I guess it would be veneer or vinyl that will match the current chestnut color in the vehicle to rewrap the whole piece to give it a factory look. so far I havent found anything that matches, and thin enough for me to wrap the piece in. I’m opent o all suggestions. My goal is to make this look as factory as possible, and keep cost down. here’s a link to a similar project that was done

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#1 posted 07-09-2013 07:05 AM

Hire a faux painter to fake the grain.

Veneer cannot be formed into compound curved shapes.

The stock stuff you’ve got in the picture is probably some
vacuum formed laminate, celluloid or something with a
photographed walnut burl type pattern.

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#2 posted 07-09-2013 10:49 AM

Try searching some of the motorcycle sites. I ride a Honda Goldwing and at the rallys there’s usually a couple vendors that sell replacement dash panels made to look like wood burls. (I’m sure it’s faux, but it sure looks nice)

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#3 posted 07-09-2013 11:24 AM

Faux paint and clearcoat is what I was thinking.

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#4 posted 07-09-2013 12:21 PM

most of that is done by a process called “hydrographics”. You wont be able to use MDF, but if you feel up for some fiberglass work, you can get thousands of designs of film. Fairly simple to set up at home

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#5 posted 07-09-2013 01:27 PM

Thanks for all the insight guys, now I know where to start

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