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Old 08-16-2010, 01:00 AM   #1
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Dash Panel Overlay

I am thinking about sprucing up the interior of my wrangler with some brushed aluminum in various places.

Has anyone had any experience with dash overlays? I am specifically looking to get this one...
Warrior Products 60402 - Warrior Products Dash Panel Overlay for 07-08 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK with Manual Windows - Quadratec

To head off some comments...I know its a Wrangler and its not supposed to be fancy but its my rig and il do with it what I want

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Old 08-16-2010, 07:26 AM   #2
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To head off some comments...I know its a Wrangler and its not supposed to be fancy but its my rig and il do with it what I want
good luck with that statement

but really, it's just trim. do what pleases your eye and be damned the rest.

the one exception: chrome rims. if you go there, your better off finding another forum. InfernoGirl will eat your face.

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I am thinking about sprucing up the interior of my wrangler with some brushed aluminum in various places.

Has anyone had any experience with dash overlays? I am specifically looking to get this one...
Warrior Products 60402 - Warrior Products Dash Panel Overlay for 07-08 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK with Manual Windows - Quadratec

To head off some comments...I know its a Wrangler and its not supposed to be fancy but its my rig and il do with it what I want
I've installed Dash overlays on many cars I've owned. Real easy to do, but it takes time and patience. DON'T RUSH!!! Typically, you'll have the Dask Overlay Kit, which has a 3M Automotive Grade Adhesive Backing on it. You just Peel-N-Stick!

However, there's a lot of prep-work that goes in first. First, make sure your Overlays will fit exactly on the spots they're intended for, so do a Fit-Test. Make sure holes line up, edges match, etc. Also, make sure you have all of the pieces, and that they're for the applicable side of the vehicle (Driver/Passenger).

Next, grab a box of Alcohol Cleaning Pads (Walgreens, Walmarts...), and wipe down all of the areas where the Overlay will be applied. Dry off the areas with a Lint Free Micro-Fiber Towel.

You SHOULD get a tube of Adhesive Promoter in the Kit. This will be applied to the areas of your Dash where the Overlay will go on. The Adhesive Promoter, is applied in order to give the 3M Adhesive Tape something to bond to. And BELIEVE ME... it WILL bond!!! After it completely dries, then you're ready to apply the Overlay. MAKE SURE YOU GO EASY ON THE ADHESIVE PROMOTER!!! It's very thin and runny, so you don't want to apply too much at a time, and have it running down your Dash or onto your Console.

Start applying the smaller pieces first, like on the Door Panels, so you can get used to how they apply. Peel the Red Backing Tape off as you go, not all at once. That 3M Tape is Super-Sticky-Stuff!!! On the Smaller Pieces, apply them from the edges of the application area, and smooth them out with your fingers as you go. You want to make sure you get all of the Air Bubbles out as you go, otherwise you'll have Bumps-N-Lumps in your Overlay.

Do the Dash last. By now, you'll have an overall idea, how the Overlay applies, and the Do's-N-Don'ts you've encountered along the way. It's best to line up the Holes on the Dash, so you can get the Overlay properly centered. GRADUALLY..... apply the Dash Overlay Center-First, so your Knobs are not touching the sides of the Overlay. They should be perfectly centered. Smooth out the Overlay from the middle-out, making sure you get any Air Bubbles as you go.

Take your Micro-Fiber Towel, and Push as you Wipe, to make sure your Overlay is flattened down as much as possible. You don't want any sharp or raised edges, otherwise, it'll start peeling back when it gets hot inside.

Did I mention, DON'T RUSH?????

BTW, here's a company I've used since 2002. EXCELLENT product, and I've always had a perfect fit on all of their kits I've purchased. You can even Mix-N-Match Kits, and get a few more pieces to complete your design.

Wood Dash Kits, Dash Trim Kits, Auto Accessories

NOTE!!! Make sure, you're buying the Right Kit when you order! They have kits for the Full Doors With/Without the Power Window Switches, and Half Doors with Manual Switches.

Best of Luck!

Cheers!

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Those aren't 3M stick on accents... they are attached to your dash with screws. You can plainly see the screws in the pic in that link

It comes in 4 parts, one for each "step" in the console... holes for the A/C controls and the vents are drilled instead of punched, so the edges are a little rough, but being a wrangler it gets away with it easily They also work just fine with the daystar dash panel Daystar KJ71020 - Daystar Upper Dash Panel for 07-10 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:28 AM   #5
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Those aren't 3M stick on accents... they are attached to your dash with screws. You can plainly see the screws in the pic in that link
OUCH! Screws??? Yeah, I Zoomed in on the pic, and there are certainly screws there.

Not sure if you'd want to go with Holes in the Dash, vs Glue that you could remove with Goop, should you ever decide to remove it in the future.

Your call OP!

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OUCH! Screws??? Yeah, I Zoomed in on the pic, and there are certainly screws there.

Not sure if you'd want to go with Holes in the Dash, vs Glue that you could remove with Goop, should you ever decide to remove it in the future.

Your call OP!

Best of Luck!

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This.

A bottle of Goop is a hell of a lot cheaper than a replacement dash.

Screws *shudders*
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:14 AM   #7
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I screwed mine in without a second thought

In retrospect though, some pop rivets might look better...

or maybe some black allen head screws...
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I did not see the screws :-/ Makes me think second about which one im going to get. Probably the glue on ones just incase I want to take it off or dont like it.

Blackbeard 1718-thank you very much for that write up its obvious you have a lot of experience with this and i may message you if I run into any problems. thanks!
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Old 08-16-2010, 01:16 PM   #9
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took ya some pics on my lunch break

You can see the screws, and if you look closely, you can see how the edges around the A/C knobs are a little rough...



Didn't focus very well (it's a phone... what can ya do) but it gives a decent "big picture" look anyways...
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i kind of like the diamond plate
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Thanks for the pic!

I really like the look I just dont know if I should go for something like this...

Bestop 81702-00 - Bestop TrailMax™ Dash Overlay Kit in Brushed Aluminum for 07-10 2 door Jeep® Wrangler JK with Power Windows - Quadratec

instead bc it dosint involve the screws its over 100$ more though. Any suggestions?
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took ya some pics on my lunch break

You can see the screws, and if you look closely, you can see how the edges around the A/C knobs are a little rough...



Didn't focus very well (it's a phone... what can ya do) but it gives a decent "big picture" look anyways...
Ummm, your steering wheel is on the wrong side. Just thought you'd like to know.
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the bestop looks a little more "finished" to me... it'll be a very thin aluminum veneer that matches the contours of your dash very precisely, and is attached with very thin strips of double sided adhesive.

The warrior is thick, it's clunky, it's rough lookin, not so much a high speed cosmetic application but more of a dashboard "body armor" look.

It's a personal preference thing... I think the bestop would look more "fitted", and it sounds more like what you're looking for. I prefer the warrior, but I also have no issues putting holes in my dash (I've drilled a bunch already... battery isolator for my inverter, 4 12V accessory outlets, 2 USB power ports, seat warmer switch) and I'm not super picky about how finished it looks If the holes are an issue, and you want a more "polished" and fitted professional result, spring for the bestop...
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Ummm, your steering wheel is on the wrong side. Just thought you'd like to know.
that's the RIGHT side... I usually get right and left mixed up a little, but I checked several times, and it's on the right

It's a Jeep thing...
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The Bestop does look more finished and this is what I am going for. Has anyone had any experience with the Bestop? Or am I going to be doing a review
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Bump;

Anyone? Just wondering

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