[Healeys] Refinishing dashboard wood

Tom ah3000me at gmail.com
Sun Nov 4 06:26:13 MST 2018


I used a single-edged razor blade to carefully slip under a cracked edge
and lift the old clear coat off. YMMV.  After I removed the old clear coat,
I lightly sanded it with a very fine grit.  Other folks on this list have
said the veneer is very thin, so don't overdo sanding.

After sanding I wiped a mix of mahogany/walnut Minwax oil-based stain on
the veneer.  I added very little color to it.  If you're going for a
concours-quality car, staining may or may not be the best thing to do.

I used Envirotex Lite for the new finish.  Several folks on this list
recommend it, and it worked very well.  It's a heavy epoxy that self levels:

It takes 2 or 3 days to fully cure, so finding a dust-free environment is
important.  After it cures, it's dried to a high gloss and smooth finish.
You won't need to sand it.

This is the best instructions I found for mixing it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70bOH2j2vvs      Their directions seem a
little fastidious, but if you get an incomplete mix, the results will be a
mess.     There are lots of videos about applying the epoxy, too.

Good luck!

- Tom

On Sun, Nov 4, 2018 at 12:06 AM Bruce Peters <rv9aplane at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> My dashboard wood’s clear coat is cracked all over. I’m wondering what
> type of finish this is and what i should use to recoat it after I’ve sanded
> it all off. Also, what stain can I use on the wood since I’m likely to have
> to do some restaining? My car is a 67 BJ8. Thanks in advance for the advice.
> Bruce
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