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dan476 
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Posted: July 19, 2006 at 7:58 PM / IP Logged  
hey, i've never really given a thought about hard or soft foam, i really do not think it will make a difference underneath the fiberglass. Also I am not planning on separating dash and fg after i am done glassing
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dan476 
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so what do u guys suggest for the painting part? What type of paint should i use and how should i finish it?
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I have been in a few cars with fully painted dashes. So its kind of like you need to decided how much are you going to be driving the car and if you are bothered by a reflection on the windshield.

A white dash will have a very strong reflection and almost blinding. Drove a vehicle with a dash like this and it was hell in the daytime. There were times honestly where the image in the windshield was blending into things on the road.

A friend has a car with a black dash painted and cleared dash and there is a reflection but it isnt bad. Like you see the outline of the dash in the windsheild but it isnt really blinding. You see it but after a bit of driving it seems to just disapear. I would compare it too driving a car with a LOT of armor all on the dash. So I think the darkness or lightness of the color will play a large roll.

Even if you are thinking of doing a flat color with no gloss try putting something on your dash in the daylight and see how it is. Like put a white peice of paper on your dash and see if it reflects strongly and if it would bother you if you had a large reflection like this on the lower half of your windshield.

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I'd recommend painting part of your dash but just laying down a non-gloss texture for the area that will reflect.
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dan476 
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thanks for the info guys, I am about to start glassing this week. how many layers of fiberglass would you guys suggest?
~Dan
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I will be totally honest with you about trying to fix that dash.  It will work for a little while fiberglassing over it.....but what the dash has is stress cracks.  It will evenetually show back up.  It may be a week ort may be a year...but it will eventually come back.  Just giving you a heads up before you spend alot of time on it.  It looks like the dash has the common foam/vinyl on the top.  That layer will continue to expand and contract with the heat and if you have the fiberglass attached to it, it will pull the fiberglass apart.  If I were you I would try to take the old layer of vinyl off and try to fix the plastic underneath then re-vinyl it.  Paint causes a really bad glare and I would only recomment painting if it isn't a daily driver.  Anyway...that was my 2 cents.  Good luck though! 
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