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Old 04-23-2004, 12:15 PM
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Coverlay dash cover before & after photos - 190D W201

My 190D had 2 major and 3 minor cracks in its dash, and I wanted to fix them. I read about the Coverlay dash cover, but I really didn't know if it would look good, or if it would look like a horrible quick-fix. I couldn't find a single photo anywhere showing what it looked like after installation.

I decided to give it a try anyway, so I ordered one from Performance Products. I finally got around to installing it yesterday, so I thought I'd post the photos so that other people can see what it looks like...

My general experience was that it looks really good when it is finished. Unless you know what to look for, you'd never suspect that it was there. Of course, I've only had it for 24 hours, so I'll have to see how it lasts long-term.

Unfortunately, the installation process was more difficult than I had expected. For some reason, the dash cover (or my dash) was just slightly bowed in such a way that if you got the drivers side of the coverlay pressed in nicely, the passenger side poked out horizontally (towards the back of the car) about 1/2" and vice versa. If you got both sides pressed in, then the center of the dash cover (by the windshield) would bulge up. The instructions mentioned trimming the edges, however none of the edges were tight - the problem was more that the cover was very slightly distorted relative to the dash. Applying pressure everywhere would still get it to fit, so that's what I ended up doing. I was able to get it fully wedged into place everywhere while the glue dried, and once I removed the bricks, wedges, tape and phone books I had on it overnight, it seems to be fixed in place nicely. They recommend only using 7 or 8 small spots of glue, but I had to use 10 so that it was tight and wasn't bulging anywhere. The front of the cover (right by the windshield) kept popping up, so to get it to stay in place, I wedged small towels between the windshield and the dash - that worked well (but don't push too hard or the windshield could break).

On the 190 (W201), the coverlay permanently covers the front speakers (it just has a bunch of holes drilled in it over top of where the speakers are located), so before installing it, I also replaced the front speakers. I thought this would be a good idea, since I'll never be able to access them again. I left the original speaker grilles out, since they aren't necessary and would just block the sound.

So far, there are no rattles or squeaks as a result of installing the dash cover. Hopefully it lasts through the summer heat...



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Old 04-23-2004, 12:17 PM
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'Before' photo #1

Here's a crack before...
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Old 04-23-2004, 12:18 PM
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'After' photo #1

and here is the same area after...
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Old 04-23-2004, 12:21 PM
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'Before' photo #2

The center of the dash before...
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'After' photo #2

and after...
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Old 04-23-2004, 12:38 PM
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Thanks for posting those pics. I've been thinking about a dash cover for my 240 but was afraid it'd end up looking like cheap contact paper. Your's looks really nice. Was there much disassembly of the dash required?

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Old 04-23-2004, 01:11 PM
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Good before and after - I never think to do anything like that. Coverlay is a good product, and only the discrinating eye can catch The cap I put on the 123 was a snap - the 126 cap needed a lot of trimming and fitting before a good fit was made. It's very important to get that dry fit perfect for good results.
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Old 04-23-2004, 01:38 PM
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Was there much disassembly of the dash required?
No disassembly at all - it just gets glued over top of what's there. The installation procedure is:
1) Take a razor knife and cut off the raised edges of the existing cracks
2) Sand the dash with sandpaper.
3) Clean the dash and the bottom of the dash cover with ammonia-based window cleaner
4) Remove the speaker grilles if necessary
5) Test the cover to make sure it fits. Plan out where you'll need glue and how you'll hold the cover in place while the glue dries
6) Apply 6 or 7 dime-size drops of glue around the edges of the dash (clear silicone is supplied with the coverlay).
7) Put the dash cover on, wedge it in place somehow (phone books, tape, bricks, towels - careful not to scratch it) and wait for the glue to dry

That's it. As I mentioned earlier, step 5 was the hardest for me for some reason. Overall, it's not that hard - it took about 90 minutes from start to finish.
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Excellent tips/writeup/pictures! I've been contemplating this also, but have been worried about the speakers. I really don't like losing access to the speakers, and I was wondering if they are removable on the other models (W116 mainly)

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Old 04-23-2004, 03:48 PM
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came out nice.
so you were able to glue the area that had the buldge?
i have a 190e also. how much was the cover?
and was that mail order?
thanks for the picture
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Thanks for this- I have been contemplating a coverlay for the blue dash in my 84 300TD (the blue is notorious for cracking for some reason, maybe the dye or something)- it now looks like the surface of the moon, one of these will really make a big difference, now that I see how good yours looks.

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Could you post pics of the front speaker areaa? I want to see if it's mod-able so that you can still have access to the speakers.
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Sounds like there are a whole lotta cracked dash owners out there, but corn is the only guy willing to fix his....:p

I've been contemplating a cover as well, and noticed the holes where the speaker grills should be. I've already put in new speakers, so that's not a problem. Did you notice that the sound was diminished? Even with new speakers, a 116 SD needs all the volume it can get. Also, is there a ACC sensor on your dash? If so, was the fit decent?

Thanks for the pictures!
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Old 04-27-2004, 02:14 AM
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Check around with different vendors. The one I purchased from JC Whitney some years back had cutouts at the speakers. You could remove the speaker and the cover install the coverlay and put the speaker and cover back. This helped to hold the ends down. If the car has a dash sensor, a cutout for it is normally provided. In any case, the dry fit is critical to a good result.
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Old 04-27-2004, 10:45 AM
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coverlay are amazing

I discovered just the other day my new to me 300D has a dash cap. Took me several months to realize this. When I bought the car for $550, I thought I was real lucky and got an EXCELLENT dash. Recently I saw some Hot glue near the instrament cluster. Closer inspection revealed it was from where the dashcap was cemented on.

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