[Healeys] Refinishing dashboard wood

glemon at neb.rr.com glemon at neb.rr.com
Sun Nov 4 08:48:24 MST 2018

My Dash was pretty bad when I got it, the clear coat peeled off easily, much with a fingernail, then I think I used some mild heat to help with the rest.

I cleaned it with a wood soap, Homer Formby's, then a very light sand, then I simply polyurethaned it with Minwax.  It turned out much darker than a stock TR250 dash, but very beautiful, and it has held up well over time (9 years).

Greg Lemon

---- Tom <ah3000me at gmail.com> wrote: 
> Bruce,
> 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:
> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CEMU3I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
> 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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