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    Dash panel restoration warning

    I was just wondering if there is a way to put a warning on the dash panel restoration DIY thread. It's 62 pages long that can't be posted to anymore and the first warnings come about 10 pages into it. With dash panels becoming discontinued, it would suck to hear about them being ruined by goo gone. I was super paranoid about doing mine and even tested samples of the plastic before I started.

    The dash is actually made up of abs and ppe plastics depending on the piece, so it's not a one size fits all, as some things eat abs that won't eat ppe. I used isopropyl alcohol and took my time with paper towels after letting it soak for a bit. Better safe than sorry at $1000+ for a set. Just a heads up.
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    Agreed. Rubbing alcohol (or fingernail polish remover) and 00 steel wool is all that is necessary to get the OEM dash skin off the panels safely and quickly.
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    subd so i would remember to check it when it comes time to restore... and i also notice that threads that go into diy feels like it just disapears due to no traction in DIY section

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    #00 steel wool and rubbing alcohol, done a shit ton of sets like this.
    Gets it to the smooth plastic surface, sand, paint. Done
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlackJawOutlaw View Post
    #00 steel wool and rubbing alcohol, done a shit ton of sets like this.
    Gets it to the smooth plastic surface, sand, paint. Done
    Since you've done a bunch, what's the safest way to remove odo clear plastic without breaking? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golfer View Post
    Since you've done a bunch, what's the safest way to remove odo clear plastic without breaking? Thanks!
    Ive done masking and physically taking them off (they can brake due to age so caution). I like to take them off then glue them back on like stock, because masking is a pain due to the awkward shape. Xacto knife and some patience and you can mask them off. Just be careful not to cut the plastic (dont sneeze lol)

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    I used brake fluid on mine and it worked sweet. Safe on plastic too!

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    i masked off my odometer plastic with blue painters tape using an exacto knife but got a small amount of paint on it still. I ended up using a dremel and the wool polishing wheel with some meguiars plastic polish and took it right off.
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    I used yellow Easy Off and that stuff just melted away when I rinsed it and gave a gentle rub with some 00 steel wool. This, of course, will rub off the odometer button labels, but that didn't bother as much as whatever god-awful easy scratch coating Toyota put on the dash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Sparkle View Post
    will rub off the odometer button labels
    There's a solution to that too (replacing the labels).

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    Where can I buy the label?


    Quote Originally Posted by bitshftr View Post
    There's a solution to that too (replacing the labels).

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    Quote Originally Posted by silver94tt View Post
    Where can I buy the label?
    I used model train dry-apply labels to exactly match the OEM letters. I used masking tape to make a straight "base" line to get them all lined up. This is a tedious process, and you have to be damn near perfect to make them look right. After applying these letters, I put 2 more coats of the Valspar clear plastic primer over them. I did the same thing for the clock's "H", "M", and "00" labels.

    These were done with Woodland Scenics brand Model Graphics Dry Transfer Decals, item # MG738, which is "condensed gothic, R.R.-white". That sheet has 6 sizes of letters on it, and I used the second smallest of them. The sheet was $6.50 at my local hobby store. They are also available on Amazon. You can use a dull pencil to rub them off the sheet and onto your panel. Make sure to finish with at least 2 coats of some kind of clear spray to "lock" them in.

    For the clock ("H", "M", and "00" labels), I used item # DT575 from the same company.

    See if you can tell the difference:

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    After...with my decals applied:

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    Damn, son! That looks spot on! Thanks for the info! More weekend fun with the Supra coming up then.

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    Anyone figure out a readily available spray paint that is similar to the gunmetal color of the 97-98 dash panels?
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