New England Rosewood Dash - New England Dash Co.

[12/9/2001] Reviewed by: JT Abar -

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

23-piece laser cut woodgrain dash kit. Mine was South American Rosewood but it comes in a variety of wood types. Comes with instructions, 4 alcohol pads and adhesive primer.

Took about 3 hours to install but over half of that was in prepping the car. You need to remove any protectants, dirt and grease before you begin. I used dish detergent and lint-free towels first, then the alcohol pads. You also have to plan on how you will apply the pieces in advance. The only tools necessary are a hair dryer and a thin knife blade to remove the backing from the tape. I started from the center console and worked out to either side, ending at the doors. Once you open your first tube of adhesive primer wipe it on everything you can until it runs out, then do the pieces that you primed (it says it has a work time of about an hour). Make sure that you have the grain going in the same direction for the vent rings. Be patient and thorough and it will work out fine.

Quality of the cuts were good, no trimming was necessary to make anything fit. I cleaned the edges of each piece with a lint-free cloth to remove any residue from the cutting process, came right off. They give you barely enough primer and alcohol pads to complete the job, an extra tube of primer and a few more pads would have been a nice touch. It seems to be on there nice and solid but I will have to wait and see what the heat of a Georgia summer will do to the adhesive.

Difficult to remove without leaving damage

Reviewed by: Morris Friedman -

This is a computer cut 9 piece wood dash laminate

The rosewood dash kit was ordered through the internet. Price is about half of that asked for by other vendors. The kit comes with instructions and a 3M pre-wipe to enhance adhesion of the adhesive backed material. You clean the areas with alcohol then wipe with the pre-adhesive pad. Alignment of the material in critical prior to pressing in place.

A hair drier will help in making the material flexible for easy fitting where bending is required. It's a great value for the price.

Difficult to remove without leaving damage

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