Tiger Dash Restoration,
An Article by Joe Parlanti
The materials experts who chose the clear finish used on the Tiger dash apparently assumed it would never be exposed to sunlight because virtually every original dash probably exhibits some cracking of the finish, or worse. (Editor's Note:This environment is generally correct, in the country of origin.) (8-) A more likely explanation is simply the fact that the finishes used in the mid-60s were not nearly as UV tolerant as contemporary types.
Depending on the damage to your dash you may decide to replace it with one of the fine solid walnut types that can be purchased through your favorite supplier or restore the one you have. I actually had one of the solid walnut dashs that came with my car but decided to restore the original because I wanted a more authentic looking dash.
Restoring the dash primarily consists of re-veneering and refinishing. It takes a lot of work but with proper care and time it can look as good or better than the original and last much longer.
Heres a before photo of the dash from my car. I had already started to remove some of the veneer as can be seen in the photo. Ive never seen a dash that did not have some damage to the veneer and could simply be refinished. Generally stripping the veneer is required.
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