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wrapped my 401A dash panels with CF vinyl

Discussion in 'Interior and Exterior' started by Chris_Red_V8, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. Chris_Red_V8

    Chris_Red_V8 Shiny. Established Member

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    I really wanted a darker dash panel in my car with a bit less glare. The 401A dark stainless panel is nice, but its very retro looking and I wanted a bit more modern look for the car. Unfortunately all pics are with an iPhone, my dslr setup is currently missing a wide angle lens (something I keep meaning to buy/replace)

    So I hopped on ebay, and bought a length of carbon fiber vinyl wrap.

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    I carefully removed all the dash panels (pretty straightforward, just remember to disconnect battery before disconnecting airbag on passenger side). I used this link: Ford Service Manuals - 2011 to read the service manual on removing the panels (the cluster surround pulls out, the airbag is removed by two bolts you access from under the glovebox with it dropped, and the remaining panels are held in by 5x 7mm bolts). Once the parts were out, I made quick work of disassembling the chrome trim rings, AC vents and other parts to get to the bare panels. There's no real documentation on how to do it, but its pretty straight forward. Some smooth flat objects (I used some old butterknives) make quick work of undoing all the latches.

    I tried a couple different methods of installing the vinyl, but there's two basic techniques that are musts: water + heat. Using a spray bottle, I sprayed down the part (and the vinyl) that was getting applied:

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    Id apply the vinyl, then using a squeegee get all the bubbles and water out, leaving a well adhered smooth surace.

    Then using heat from a blowdryer, I "pulled" all the edges around to "form" the vinyl to the complex shapes (may appear to be flat panels, but you really need to wrap all around to get the OEM look and quality of finish I wanted). I'd trim the excess, and make sure that there

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    here is one finished piece:

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    some installed shots:

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  2. ViciousJay

    ViciousJay Well-Known Member Established Member

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    oh do mine, do mine!!!! ill send you my stuff

    that seriously looks nice!!!! do the radio bezel
     
  3. JMagMach1

    JMagMach1 Midnight Rider Established Member

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    didn't know what to expect, but that looks really good!
     
  4. five.slow

    five.slow El Jefe Established Member

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    wow im not a huge carbon fiber guy b/c it usually looks like cheap crap but man you did a AWESOME job and it makes the dash look better.
     
  5. R1CH_P

    R1CH_P New Member Established Member

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    Looks good, but damn... Now I have ANOTHER thing to add to my ever growing list of future mods. THANKS!;-)
     
  6. cobrkilrl

    cobrkilrl New Member Established Member

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    Man I wish you were closer to do my KR. That is one professional job and looks great. You do have some skills!
     
  7. baldie86

    baldie86 New Member Established Member

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    very nice, guess i should try it out on mine
     
  8. Erick

    Erick Active Member Established Member

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    I was so skeptical from the in-progress pics, but you you did one helluva job laying it down. The vinyl looks good because of the matte finish and texture to it. I think if it was glossy, it would have looked a bit cheap!
     
  9. JL-KA

    JL-KA New Member Established Member

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    Looks much better than I was expecting. I like it.
     
  10. FISHTAIL

    FISHTAIL Will Work For Mods Established Member

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    That looks good man. I love how you lined up the pattern across the pieces too. I agree with the above post about the radio panel...that would look good too I think.

    Either way, I like it. Nice job.
     
  11. cobra199711

    cobra199711 Member Established Member

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    Looks great nice job!
     
  12. stangkid

    stangkid Active Member Established Member

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    Wow looks great bro.
     
  13. JD's04

    JD's04 New Member Established Member

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    Very nice
     
  14. H-TownMachI

    H-TownMachI It's the Hamburglar Established Member

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    Nice! Looks like my CS dash.
     
  15. jbur074

    jbur074 New Member Established Member

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    wow. where did you get the wrap?
     
  16. shadowstang03gt

    shadowstang03gt New Member Established Member

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    that looks really good. nice job. I think u should start your own side company doing this for people lol.
     
  17. 03 red vert

    03 red vert New Member

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    Not my style, but you did a good job.
     
  18. Mikes5.0

    Mikes5.0 Member Established Member

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    X2 OP ill be your first customer. Price?
     
  19. mustanginky

    mustanginky Active Member Established Member

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    looks great, a+ work. thought it would look rice but it looks good.
     
  20. 01silverstang

    01silverstang New Member Established Member

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    This is big in the BMW world, you did a great job!
     

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