Mustang Dash Restoration

Your Restoration surely isn't complete without a Mustang dash restoration.

The nicest new carpet,headliner kit or new door panels will only magnify the issue, so why not spend a little time and do a Mustang dash restoration to put your interior back to new condition ?



Dash Repair Procedure

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Like most Mustang dash projects, my 1965 Mustang has it's share of small issues that need to be cleaned up to get this dash looking new again.

The paint is scratched, faded and shows surface rust at the bottom edges.

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The solution, is sandpaper, patience and a few hours of your time. Did I say paint? Yep, that too.

Sanding and Paint Preparation

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Never expected to see bondo on my metal dash, but somewhere along the way, there was a repair to the dash with a small amount of body putty and it was fixed and repainted.

Either way, that was a long time ago, judging by the condition of the dash.

If your dash paint is in reasonably decent condition (no chips, rust etc.) but still needs freshening up, you can probably get away with scuffing it with a fine 3M pad and repainting it.

If you have issues like mine, you'll need to go to a coarser grade of sandpaper to get down to the metal and remove any rust.

I started off sanding the main surfaces with my DA sander and then following the curves for the rest by hand with a roll of 220 grit sandpaper.

Painting the Dash

No mysteries here. But you have a couple of choices. If the finish was reasonable, you can probably scuff the paint and simply repaint the dash.

repainted Mustang lower dash















Or you may decide to first prime and then paint it. If you are changing colors, or need to have a good base for paint after repairs (body filler, scratch repair or rust removal) then it's going to be necessary to prime and paint the surface for your Mustang dash restoration.

Here's mine after the first coat of satin black.

Glove Box Door Restoration

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The glove compartment door was in good shape, but the paint was peeling and faded. Since the door is a cast piece, with a grained camera case finish, it wasn't possible to just sand and paint it.

Carefully, using paint stripper, I removed the old glove box door paint on both sides (3 rounds of stripper and got it back to a nice and shiny base.

Note: If you try to only sand it and paint it, you risk filling in the grained pattern and having to redo it, if you want a true OEM look to your glove box door.

After some careful sanding, I've wiped the entire dash with wax and grease remover and a tack cloth. Then I coated it with a satin finish.

Many Mustangs you see will have a shiny black dash restoration, but the original Ford finish is a matte or satin finish.

restored 1965 mustang glove box door









Here's the finished 1965 Mustang glove box door, restored to it's original brilliance !

Thanks to a couple of toothpicks and some water based model paint, the mustang logo looks as good as new too.

Oh, and a very small amount of chrome polish was used to bring back the trim edges. Do it before the paint process and don't forget to use that wax and grease remover. If you don't, you'll have problems like the "fish eye" effect in the paint and be doing it over.

Mustang Dash Pad

This 1965 Mustang dash restoration is not needing a new dash pad or dash cap, but the vinyl dash pad will be re-dyed, using vinyl dye.

I'll be covering this shortly.


Restoration Sections

Part 1 - Mustang Restoration Index

Part 2 -Resurfacing Minor Irregularities

Part 3 - Rear quarter panel repairs

Part 4 - Inner Fender Refinishing and Repair

Part 5 - Mustang floor pan replacement

Part 6 - Floor Pan Replacement Continued

Part 7 - Headliner Replacement

Part 8 - Mustang Dash Restoration

Part 9 - Trunk rust repair

Part 10 - Priming and Painting your Mustang Part-1

Part 11 - Gas Tank Restoration

Part 12 - Color Sanding

Part 13 - Mustang gas tank Installation

Part 14 - Mustang gas tank Restoration

Part 15 - Valve Cover Restoration



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