Day 120 continued
Thank goodness for the reproduction industry.....sometimes the quality isn't what we expect but at least somebody offers this stuff. In this case, I could not fine any fault with the quality of the reproduction parts....except for maybe the wood overlay would be a little oversize. That would require the user to trim or sand the excess so some people might complain about that. I wouldn't complain....I would prefer slightly oversized wood laminate so I could trim myself. The alum backer piece was dead on. I presume the same cut file was used for the alum backer as was used for the wood look laminate so they should be exact......except the laminate can shrink a little bit, hence the request for slightly oversize.
Application of the wood look laminate is straight forward. I use a solution of soapy water to wet the alum backer panel and the adhesive side of the laminate. This helps me position the laminate prior to setting in place permanently. The adhesive is pressure sensitive so using a squeegee helps to affix it into place. When the laminate is in place, then pre-form the alum to the shape of the dash, peel off the adhesive backing and set it in place. Worked fairly well.
Now to clean up the rally gauges and clock and then reassemble the dash....