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Old 07-22-2005, 08:33 PM   #1
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On my 2001 Alpine Coach 38FDDS, the dash has begun to crack in the middle. The vinyl is still intact, but the plastic underneath the vinyl has a crack that is about 18" long.

Any suggestions on how to repair this or to stop the cracking from getting worse?

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On my 2001 Alpine Coach 38FDDS, the dash has begun to crack in the middle. The vinyl is still intact, but the plastic underneath the vinyl has a crack that is about 18" long.

Any suggestions on how to repair this or to stop the cracking from getting worse?

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Old 07-23-2005, 10:13 PM   #3
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Dale,
While I haven't had a crack in the dash, I did have a crack in the panel that covers some of the electrical. It's the one on the right hand side, copilot side in front of the steps. What I used to fix it was JB Weld. It's a two part epoxy that is gray when dry. I sanded both sides of the crack and then applied the JB Weld with a plastic spoon and some popcycle sticks. This worked fine since I could lay the panel on it's face and work with the back laying flat.

It would be a lot harder to do with the dash in place. One suggestion might be to make an aluminum or thin wood strip about 2" wide by length of crack to cover the crack, then put the glue to stripe and place over the crack. Most likely you would need to have some heavy medal weights over the top of the crack and some wedges from below to hold the strip in place until set. Just an idea!

Good Luck with this one.

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D&D Rich,

Thanks for the suggestion. If I can get adequate access from underneath the dash, I will try your suggestion. However, after having looked underneath, I'm not sure I can get my hands or tools into the area that needs to be patched. I suppose I could try to remove all kinds of components and ducting that are under the dash to make room??

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