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Old 09-27-2020, 09:56 AM   #1
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Dashboard rotting

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While driving our 2010 FR Georgetown 357QS up 101 in Cali, the vinyl dashboard cover blew up like a balloon and a bunch of nasty brown stuff stated to blow into the cockpit. Pulled back cover to reveal what appears to be a totally rotted (garbage) wooden dashboard. Looks like it must be water damage. We can see through to the engine compartment. What a mess. Anyone else? Suggestions? This is clearly not gonna be a “band-aid” fix. I’ll always be stunned that these rigs appear to be built from spit and tissue.
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Old 09-27-2020, 10:43 AM   #2
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Depending on how handy you are you probably need to remove the entire dashboard cover, clean up the wood and use fiberglass mat and resin to cover it. Your other problem is figuring out where the water intrusion is coming from and stopping that. It ain't going to be easy and probably not cheap.
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I will bet the front cap or more likely the windshield is leaking. So step one is to figure out which. Fix that. And, if it's the windshield, have it taken out and then do the dash / firewall repairs before the new glass is put back in. Will be easier access and one less thing to not have to worry about the hammer impacting.

This is a medium to advanced DIY project. So gauge your experience and tool set and factor in what it's going to take. Do a visual inspection under / over the dashboard and into the motor compartment to assess damage and if you are up to the challenge.
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If you decide to go the fiberglass route I would suggest using epoxy resin and fiberglass cloth. Polyester resin will smell terrible for quite some time. It is not recommended to use fiberglass mat with epoxy resin as the mat has a bonding agent in it that holds it together that is dissolved by the styrene in the polyester resin allowing full penetration of the resin. Epoxy doesn't do that. Go to the West System site for more info.
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Old 09-28-2020, 08:12 AM   #5
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You should NOT need to use any fiberglass...further complicates the project. There should be NO water in the interior if fixed properly (step 1). This is more about wood crafting than anything else. Getting access is the work. You might have to remove the dashboard worse case. That's a days project. Take pictures of all connectors before you unplug them to give you a chance to put them all back together. Document on a piece of paper the sequence of disassembly.
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I will bet the front cap or more likely the windshield is leaking. So step one is to figure out which. Fix that. And, if it's the windshield, have it taken out and then do the dash / firewall repairs before the new glass is put back in. Will be easier access and one less thing to not have to worry about the hammer impacting.

This is a medium to advanced DIY project. So gauge your experience and tool set and factor in what it's going to take. Do a visual inspection under / over the dashboard and into the motor compartment to assess damage and if you are up to the challenge.
That is exactly what happened to mine - the plywood that was under the dash and was part of the cap/windshield support had disintegrated over the years due to water intrusion (All wood in critical areas like this should have been sealed with resin). I was unaware of the wood damage but wanted the factory to remove and reset the windshields. After they pulled the windshields was when we saw the windshield frame drooping and the wood damage. Glad I had gone to the factory, I don't think anyone outside of the factory would have had a clue how to fix it.
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That is exactly what happened to mine - the plywood that was under the dash and was part of the cap/windshield support had disintegrated over the years due to water intrusion (All wood in critical areas like this should have been sealed with resin). I was unaware of the wood damage but wanted the factory to remove and reset the windshields. After they pulled the windshields was when we saw the windshield frame drooping and the wood damage. Glad I had gone to the factory, I don't think anyone outside of the factory would have had a clue how to fix it.
How old was your rig when this happened? Did they charge you for the repair?
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