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Old 01-13-2015, 09:54 AM   #1
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Help with a GREEN dashboard.......

I've seen several Alpines that have all or part of the dashboard panels in a green burled pattern. Not my taste at all.

Has anybody sourced replacement panels, or know a company that can do something with them? I wouldn't want Kevlar, and would want an OEM look, since that's beautiful (when in walnut)

Out of curiosity, was that a factory option, or did they change with age? Reason for question is to determine whether to do all panels instead of just the ones currently affected.
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A number of folks have removed panel and gauges, then finished covered the panels in vinyl, wood veneer, paint, etc. Take your time and label all wires you remove and it's a very doable job.
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Old 01-13-2015, 11:17 PM   #3
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Check out craft customs in Rockwell tx
They use a oem process and can do any wood patern
There web site shows before and after pictures
You can do a google search for wood grain dash restoration. We use this for the classic cars to match original
There phone number is 214-564-1170
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:16 AM   #4
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A number of folks have removed panel and gauges, then finished covered the panels in vinyl, wood veneer, paint, etc. Take your time and label all wires you remove and it's a very doable job.
This question is certainly premature inasmuch as I have yet to step foot into an Alpine...but why let a little detail like that stop me?

Are there any tricks or warnings about removing those panels? Hidden fasteners, screws instead of press-fit, surprise overlaps?

From what I've learned so far, they need to be sent to the facility in order to get re-finished in burl. Also, has anybody had theirs re-finished, only to have them change color again because the material used to make the panels is the cause?
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It's the sun that turned the finish that colour. I would suspect with the new lacquer coatings, it wouldn't happen again if they can be refinished.
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It's the sun that turned the finish that colour. I would suspect with the new lacquer coatings, it wouldn't happen again if they can be refinished.
Thanks to sandy1 for suggesting Craft Customs. I called them and they can re-finish the panels. They suggested sending all panels in for finishing to avoid color matching or future fading of the OEM finish. Guesstimate was about $100/SF, which sounds very inexpensive for fixing something that visible.
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Panel are fairly easy to remove. The one with switches I losened the panel then in plugged switches removed that switch and repluged them in so I didnot have to try and remember what went where when the panels come back. By doing all you can get whatever look you like
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feel behind panels for small (~1/8" or so) bolts w/lock washers holding panels in place
I think some years used burl grain plastic that was fairly susceptible to UV.
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