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Old 10-14-2011, 01:13 PM
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I just bought a 96 Vtec that is really in good shape. I am planning on restoring it to it's showroom condition. (Or as close as I can get on a reasonable budget!) One of the problems I am currently looking to fix is the dash. The dash in this lude is in incredibly good condition with one exception. The very front part of the dash that touches (or almost touches) the windshield is cracked into about 3 pieces. Is there a way to repair this or do I need to be on the hunt for an entire dash replacement? Thanks guys!

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Re: Dash Repair

Have you ever tried plastic welding?
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No, I don't know anything about it. Is it as simple as picking up a kit? I will do some research. Thanks.
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Re: Dash Repair

Actually all you need is a small torch some black zip ties sand paper and paint to finish it off.
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plastic welding sounds easy but trust me it can be a pain in the arse.
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Re: Dash Repair

I might have one of those trim pieces laying around, providing it comes off the dashboard.
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Actually all you need is a small torch some black zip ties sand paper and paint to finish it off.
Wha? How does this work? lol. I found some cheap plastic welders locally, but I am very interested in how this works. I am hoping to pull the entire dash off this weekend to check all the connections, clean, etc. I will get to see how bad the dash is then. While I have the dash completely apart do you guys recommend anything else I can do?

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Plastic welding is a PITA i second that. At least for me it was took me a while to do on my old accord. But it does work so look into it. Just dont get frustrated like i did, take it easy :D
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Re: Dash Repair

Plastic welding has the same requirements as those for joining metals; a) good joint prep, b) the right heat and air pressure, and c) the right filler - it also needs d) the right tip.

My explanations:
a) The joint must be clean of the compounds that plastic producers use to free the material from molds and processing equipment, and the pieces forming the joint must be properly beveled and have a good fit.
b) Each plastic has it's very own heat and pressure requirements. First, there are two main groups of plastics; thermoset and thermoplastic. Thermosets are the thicker more robust fiberglass reinforced type; and theroplastic are the PVCs, polypropylene, polyethylene types. Thermoplastics are more easily heated and welded, but no two have the same heat and pressure requirements. PVCs for example need +/- 550F and approx 5 PSI; polyethylene about 500F at 8 PSI or 2 Cu.Ft./min. You need to know what type of plastic you're welding and it's requirements.
c) The BEST filler is a strip of the very same material you are welding. Rods or 'splines' purchased or provided with kits must be the same material as your pieces.
d) There are several tips available, and the right tip for the joint is a key. Can't use a corner or popular flat tips on every weld.
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