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i want a black dash

so i want a black dash in my 94'. is there any place i can order one? did any of the equivalent years come with a black dash, so i could go to the junkyard and get one? or do i have to paint it? about how much would it cost to have it professionaly painted?
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From what I know cause my 07 has it, check the Level 2's .
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From what I know cause my 07 has it, check the Level 2's .
he has a 94. that's the old, square one.

as far as i know, the square one never came in black. you can get a black on for the 95+. no, it will not bolt in a 93-4 truck. can it be made to work, sure. but it's a ton of work.
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I would just paint it myself. If you do a really good prep job it should turn out really nice.
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i painted mine to get it black
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Vinyl wrap that man! these dashes come out in about half hour if your quick.
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^^^ more detail on that please
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^^^ more detail on that please
there's like 4 or 5 bolts up top. 4 underneath, dash rolls foward.
You've got to unplug the heater and vent controls, speedo cable (its a bitch), and main harness plug before you can pull it out anymore. once you get it out farther, its just unplug the rest of the electrics.
thats kinda it. if i'm breaking stuff and not worrying about it, it'd be quicker.
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well duh i ment the vinyl wrap part never done it
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well duh i ment the vinyl wrap part never done it
Neither have i. I've only seen it. you'd have to ask Troy how it works.
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lol ok

wonder if it glares on the windshield
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LMC has covers
http://www.lmctruck.com/icatalog/fr/t.aspx?Page=96

Says available in black, blue, dark red, tan and gray.
Reasonably priced too.
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wrapping a square dash would require a lot of sewing. the rounded dash is pretty easy to do, i wrapped mine. the vinyl has dull finish, so no glare. square dash would be a major PITA.

the dash cap morris posted is a decent solution. they are usually used for covering the tops of the dash if they are all cracked up. they will not cover the entire dash. you will still see parts of the old dash. they are just a plastic cover that gets glued onto the dash. still have to make sure any traces of silicone is gone.
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Remove it, sand the hell out of it, put a good amount of black bumper coat paint on it, and you'll be golden.
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From what I know cause my 07 has it, check the Level 2's .
i got a 94

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he has a 94. that's the old, square one.

as far as i know, the square one never came in black. you can get a black on for the 95+. no, it will not bolt in a 93-4 truck. can it be made to work, sure. but it's a ton of work.
ya, that sounds like to much work for me, lol

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I would just paint it myself. If you do a really good prep job it should turn out really nice.
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i painted mine to get it black
i guess im gonna have to.

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Vinyl wrap that man! these dashes come out in about half hour if your quick.
got any how to's?

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there's like 4 or 5 bolts up top. 4 underneath, dash rolls foward.
You've got to unplug the heater and vent controls, speedo cable (its a bitch), and main harness plug before you can pull it out anymore. once you get it out farther, its just unplug the rest of the electrics.
thats kinda it. if i'm breaking stuff and not worrying about it, it'd be quicker.
now i know how to take out the dash, thanks

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LMC has covers
http://www.lmctruck.com/icatalog/fr/t.aspx?Page=96

Says available in black, blue, dark red, tan and gray.
Reasonably priced too.
eh, i dont like the look of covers

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wrapping a square dash would require a lot of sewing. the rounded dash is pretty easy to do, i wrapped mine. the vinyl has dull finish, so no glare. square dash would be a major PITA.

the dash cap morris posted is a decent solution. they are usually used for covering the tops of the dash if they are all cracked up. they will not cover the entire dash. you will still see parts of the old dash. they are just a plastic cover that gets glued onto the dash. still have to make sure any traces of silicone is gone.
if im gonna get my dash wrapped then ill probably have a professional do it if its gonna be difficult

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Remove it, sand the hell out of it, put a good amount of black bumper coat paint on it, and you'll be golden.
what do you meen bumper coat paint?
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if im gonna get my dash wrapped then ill probably have a professional do it if its gonna be difficult
Wrapping the dash isnt as hard as everyone is making it out to be. I had a friend help me on my 95 (I know its the round one) he wrapped his fox stang dash before that and it was more similar to the 94 ranger dash...Before you pay someone to wrap it, go buy some material and a few cans of M3 hi strength 90 spray adhesive and some hot glue and try it yourself first...If you mess up, you only lose out on $40 at most...and paying someone would be like $300+

Heres my dash from my 95... Hot glue, spray adhesive, and tweed only...no sewing. (you still have to paint your vents)







Cut the fabric to fit each piece with about a half inch or so overhang. (its always better to leave a little more when starting out, cause you can always cut the left overs off later) once you have the piece of fabric cut to the desired size of the piece, spray the M3 on it generously (some materials arent as thick as tweed so if you spray too much it could bleed) let it sit for about 45 seconds and then start applying it to the dash piece...Once you have it on, wrap it around the corner and use hotglue to secure your 1/2 overhang to the back of the dash...dont glue it too close to the edge or you might not be able to fit your dash pieces back together...and note that everything will be a little tighter of a fit because they didnt have fabric between the gaps before.. it works and almost 2 years later it still holds up strong. (1.5yrs of actual driving before the wreck)
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Black bumper coat is a paint you can get at most parts stores. IIRC, it's made by DupliColor. It's a flat finish, and it will stick to plastic very well.
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I personally think rattle can painted dashes 90% of the time come out ricey or just look poor in quality...My cougar dash is rattlecan black primer and though its better looking than the fiberglass/bondo underneath it, I still cant wait to have the time to wrap it. Think Imma go with leather or suede this time.
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I personally think rattle can painted dashes 90% of the time come out ricey or just look poor in quality...My cougar dash is rattlecan black primer and though its better looking than the fiberglass/bondo underneath it, I still cant wait to have the time to wrap it. Think Imma go with leather or suede this time.
I agree that most of the time, a painted dash looks ricey, but flat black wouldn't look bad if done right, and the bumper coat is pretty durable, so it should stay looking good for quite a while.
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Wrapping the dash isnt as hard as everyone is making it out to be. I had a friend help me on my 95 (I know its the round one) he wrapped his fox stang dash before that and it was more similar to the 94 ranger dash...Before you pay someone to wrap it, go buy some material and a few cans of M3 hi strength 90 spray adhesive and some hot glue and try it yourself first...If you mess up, you only lose out on $40 at most...and paying someone would be like $300+

Heres my dash from my 95... Hot glue, spray adhesive, and tweed only...no sewing. (you still have to paint your vents)

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Cut the fabric to fit each piece with about a half inch or so overhang. (its always better to leave a little more when starting out, cause you can always cut the left overs off later) once you have the piece of fabric cut to the desired size of the piece, spray the M3 on it generously (some materials arent as thick as tweed so if you spray too much it could bleed) let it sit for about 45 seconds and then start applying it to the dash piece...Once you have it on, wrap it around the corner and use hotglue to secure your 1/2 overhang to the back of the dash...dont glue it too close to the edge or you might not be able to fit your dash pieces back together...and note that everything will be a little tighter of a fit because they didnt have fabric between the gaps before.. it works and almost 2 years later it still holds up strong. (1.5yrs of actual driving before the wreck)
im gonna give this a try except im gonna use mircro suede. how thick should the fabric be?
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That tweed looks great!
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im gonna give this a try except im gonna use mircro suede. how thick should the fabric be?
microsuede would be fine...Just get a good quality. I have it on my headliner and door panels and its held up...But I saw some at a main stream fabric store that was terrible quality.
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microsuede would be fine...Just get a good quality. I have it on my headliner and door panels and its held up...But I saw some at a main stream fabric store that was terrible quality.
what do you meen by good quality? what should i look for?
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what do you meen by good quality? what should i look for?
The same way you tell the quality of jeans or a T-shirt... Feel it, stretch it a little...If it feels thin and weak when you pull on it. Its obviously not going to be as plush as real suede, but just pay attention. Kind of like putting a walmart shirt and a polo shirt right next to eachother, you should be able to tell easily which one is a better quality fabric.
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any pictures of the old dashes redone? painted or wraped, im about to do mine and wanna see some examples of the final outcome on old square deals
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