Date registered: Jan 2006
Vehicle: 73 280SE 4.5, 71 300SEL, 03 BMW Z4, 72 Fiat 850, 80 Triumph TR7, 85 Porsche 911
Location: DC Area
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I redid the wood throughout my car. All of it was in good shape but needed to be refinished. I bought one color stain for the wood, and marine quality polyurethane to seal it all in (all from the local hardware store). My thought was that if a boat has wood finished to hold up to the environment, a car's wood would be similar.
I took off all the wood first, and marked which doors they came from on the back in pencil. I then sanded each piece by hand, to get off the old veneer and sealant, cleaned off all the dust, and then stained each piece with the same brush. I allowed the stuff to dry overnight, and then I sealed it with the marine grade polyurethane. I also allowed that to dry overnight, and sanded it enough to make it rough enough to take a second coat of sealer. In all, I put 5 coats of sealer on the wood, and it all looks like it's covered with mirrors. This was a longer process than might normally take.
The dash wood and windshield bow were more difficult. The layers of my bow were coming apart, so I glued them all together with gorilla glue and kept them clamped together with a C clamp. When the stuff dried, I sanded off the excess, sanded off the old stain and sealant, and did the same thing as I did with door wood.
The dash wood (around the instrument cluster and all) was damaged somewhat, so I used some wood filler to fill in cracks and dings. I also sanded down, refinished and sealed all that as I did with the door wood and windshield bow.
In all, if you have all the wood off and ready to go, you can refinish it in a weekend if you don't put on so many coats of poly...
As for screws, I would suggest going to a hardware store or Home Depot, and finding screws and doughnut-type tiny washers to replace the ones you no longer have. They're pretty cheap.