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Date registered: May 2016
Vehicle: 1986, W126, 300SE - 1965, W111, 220SEb
Location: the very very deep South, Santiago, Chile, South America
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w111 interior wood trim refinishing, recuperations, suggestions, previous experience?
My second post here regarding my new-to-me 1965 w111 220 SEb coupe - how to recuperate the wood interior trim.....
All my trim is extant, but not in great shape. I need advice.
The trim around the windshield, including top of dash, was refinished by 13 meth soaked Chilean monkeys wielding a worn nail file years ago. It was grinded down some, and then left with a matte, fuzzy finish, with a light caste. This includes the speedo / tach cluster, which has separated (3/8 inch + -) from the main part of the dash.
The vertical DashBoard trim, what faces the occupants where the radio, ashtray etc is in its original condition. That means it is now matte and filled with many many cracks, like a really old oil painting. Not totally sans charm, just looks worn and tired. Only the inside of the glove box door, maintains its rich "Steinway patina" of a glossy, brilliant polished wood.
So...my first round of neophyte questions:
-Do I just remove sand and revarnish all the bits, or is it tricker than this.?
-Was the original lovely dark grain pattern of the wood a veneer (which means it probably has been sanded away in the previous renovation) or was it 1 piece of solid high quality wood, which means it can resist another round of sanding?
-Does anyone have a specific, like a brand or product name, suggestion for what varnish to use? On the pictures I see online, or on the interior of my glove box this is Piano Gloss quality, REALLY nice, a solid plastic coating. Not just a decent marine varnish. And an actually coating, like a layer of polyurethane, not an impregnating oil (linseed etc)
-Anyone know how to refix the speedo / tach cluster to the rest of the dash?? I have not yet gotten under there. Is it just glued? Or will I find some screws and brackets or some other Teutonic invent? The speedo cable sometimes whines. Lacking commercially available graphite powder here, I had to grind up some pencils (homemade graphite powder!) several years ago to lubricate it for its previous owner. Worked so far...mostly.
Thanks in advance!!