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Old 02-21-2003, 07:20 PM
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small crack on dashboard, suggestions?

There is a very small 1/2 inch crack in the dashboard. How do I make sure that it doesn't get any better?
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Old 02-21-2003, 09:18 PM
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I'm not really sure, but out of curiosity, which car has the crack?
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Old 02-21-2003, 10:01 PM
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Both actually. The 560 has a couple that have been filled with something. The 420 has the new crack. I definitely want to stop it before it gets bigger.

Any suggestions?
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2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L 7k
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1997 E420 108k Black/Grey-SOLD
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Old 02-21-2003, 10:06 PM
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My advise would sound like a dermatologist . . . moisturize and cover.
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Old 02-22-2003, 09:15 PM
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Thanks Hock,
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2004 VW Passat GLS TDI-50k
2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L 7k
FOR SALE 1991 300TE 228k

2003 Subaru Outback 57k Silver/Black-SOLD
2005 C230K 18k Pewter/Grey-SOLD
1997 E420 108k Black/Grey-SOLD
1986 560sl 200k Black/Palimino-SOLD
1985 300sd 340k-SOLD
1979 240d 170k-SOLD
2000 Volvo V70XC-POS couldn't sell fast enough
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Old 02-22-2003, 10:00 PM
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Talking cracked dash

You could shop around for some of the plastic filler stuff in tubes and fill the cracks so they won't look so bad. Look for similar colour stuff if you can find it, otherwise touch up with colour paint. Your best bet would be to look for the dash protector mat which is usually made of carpet-like material which has velcro or stick on strips underneath. Mine has kept my dash protected for many years and at the same time, use the anti-UV ray aluminium/chrome foldable sheet which sticks on to the inside of your windshield preventing direct sunlight damage and reduces inside heat buildup.
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Old 02-23-2003, 01:48 PM
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You might want to try drilling a small hole right at the "V" of the crack. The curved radius of the hole absorbs stresses much better than the existing sharp leading edge of the crack and should retard/arrest the lengthening of the crack.
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Old 02-23-2003, 05:10 PM
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Two thoughts:

1. Go to colorplus.com and look into their vinyl and leather repair items. They say they will supply you will color-matched filler. I haven't used that particular product but have used their leather dye on my seats; it's a dead-on match right out of the can!

2. Go to coverlaymfg.com and buy a dash cover for $87.01 . These are different from the carpet ones described in a post above. The Coverlay units really look like the stock dash and are said to be easy to apply. Again I have not had personal experience but there are many satisfied customers.
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coverlay is a good choice on w-107 450 SL K-JETRONIC
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