Date registered: Dec 2013
Vehicle: 1987 560SL
Location: United States Ohio
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Aussiemerc's step by step, post number 3, is spot-on. Follow that procedure especially the use of a sanding sealer and 500 grit paper. I used a sanding block that works great if your surfaces are flat.
Once you remove the chrome trim from the ash tray, the wood is simply glued to the metal frame and is easily re-glued. I used spar exterior polyurethane, Miniwax is shown but all of these have flattening agents that produce a mirror finish with brush application. I think I did five coats but the nice thing about sanding and recoating is you just keep going until you like what you see.
You will also find good advice on this board about removing old stuff with acetone; but as you are gluing fresh veneer this point is moot.