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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-28-2014, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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What kind of glue are you going to use? Contact is to be avoided at all costs.
It will not stand the heat and remains gummy. I would probably look towards something like Titebond 3 which is extremely resistant to heat and moisture. It also gives plenty of working time. Or maybe something from a marine application would be good. You may also look into a vacuum press to help hold the veneer in place while waiting for the glue to set up. If you go to YouTube there are examples of home made set ups that would help you tremendously.

The original dash does not look like Mahogany to me. In some it appears to be Rosewood. I would be glad to look at some close up pix to confirm.
The finishing process will be much easier if you are trying to match other original pieces in the car. I have been restoring and finishing antique furniture for 30 years and if i can help in anyway please pm me.
There are some finishing techniques i would be glad to pass on if you need help.
Good luck and would love to see your progress.
all the best John.
Hello John, i’d like to thank you and the rest of the forum members for your interest and insight in my project.

I planned on using gorilla wood glue. It looks just like reqular wood glue but with a sticker of a gorilla on the bottle. the wood is Mahogany i think the stain that is currently on it is throwing the color.

I thought about vacuming but wasnt sure about intricate edges.
I decided to try attacking the more difficult areas first, i wouod definitely take you up on your offer of assistance, in the mean time check out these last pics.

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I left thhe piece of veneer soaking and went to work. (really not necessary)

Dont laugh guys, but this is just a test run; if it works im keeping it. Lol
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just a quick question. wouldn't it be easier to just sand the part down and restain? Is it not made out of wood?
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just a quick question. wouldn't it be easier to just sand the part down and restain? Is it not made out of wood?
It would have been easier to sand it, but there are other areas that i have not photographed that is bad and in need or repairs.

Fixing the dakaged areas would not allow for.a.seamless finish, besides this dash is already out. The car that really needs it is in worst shape, i havent removed that dash as yet. I’ll just replace it with this one.
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Here are the results of my test run, and the type of glue used.

According to the lable “ Strong, Fast Setting Short Clamp time, Dries Natural color, No Foam Indoor/Outdooe Use - Type II Water Resistance”
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