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Hey all,

I am ramping up to start this '77 project and there's something odd that I wanted to get your take on. In the image below is the dash in my project. The entire thing is coated in a glossy, hard, black coating. I know this isn't original but I can't tell if this is some kind of cover or some kind of chemical that's been applied. It looks to me like the latter but I'm not sure what it is. Have any of you see something like this before?


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It kind of looks like fiberglass resin. I used some on a small wooden boat once and it had the same type of finish. Don't know what in the world would drive someone to put it on a dash, though!
 

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I wonder if someone was trying to seal up the dash cracks and found out too late it was the wrong stuff to use?
 

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It kind of looks like fiberglass resin. I used some on a small wooden boat once and it had the same type of finish. Don't know what in the world would drive someone to put it on a dash, though!
That sounds like a good candidate... because the center console looks as if someone either tried to do extensive repairs using fiberglass, or was trying to sculpt a new one with it. (It's THAT rough. Check out this picture:

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Maybe it was a failed attempt to install a dash cap??
Maybe... Pretty catastrophic result!

I wonder if someone was trying to seal up the dash cracks and found out too late it was the wrong stuff to use?
I'd like to believe that the dash is ok under there... but that feels like a fool's wish.

So the bottom line is... whether I can remove that stuff or not. I haven't really tried to yet, but if I can't them I'm going to have to replace the dash because I really hate it.
 

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Looks like adhesive left from a dash cap.
 
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