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gear shifter panel repair ?

i have another gear shifter panel (original one by MB), it is broken i am wondering if there is a way to fix it ?
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A replacement from a junkyard would be under $50 if you had to buy one on line and probably $20-25 in person. There is no way to repair one missing wood without it looking like it was repaired. Better off buying one from a junkyard and puttng your energy into refinishing it to look like new.

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Unfortunate but true - refinishing is very expensive.
Cheap way out but losing the wood appeal is carbon fibre over it after sanding it back.
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The actual factory finish was a two-stage catalyst process...not lacquer, not clear-coat etc. You can get it to peel off around 135 degrees F in a oven closely watched and then reapply the catalyst after the wood is prepped and cooled. That's assuming though that all the wood is intact and not ratty looking. On most of these, it's just the finish that's cracked, but JY babies can have teeth marks.

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Hello everyone, One of my winter "projects" is re-veneering a Zebrano wood shifter surround panel. The one in my 400E in perfect, but it is burl. So this project is strictly a learning experience. I'm a pretty good woodworker so I obtained a "refinished" shifter surround that was so aggressively striped that some of the veneer was removed. I obtained some Zebrano veneer for $10.00 which would be enough to do at least two sets of console panels. I have removed the bad sections of veneer and am now researching the best adheasives to use for this application. This is important because of the temperature variation that these pieces see compared to fine furniture. I am documenting the process with photos so as soon as I have a completed project to show I will post pictures and instructions. I have been able to repair furniture veneer without any seams showing and so far the interior wood for the MB is responding to the same techniques. I will keep everyone posted on progress. Thanks,Tony V.
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Hello everyone, One of my winter "projects" is re-veneering a Zebrano wood shifter surround panel. The one in my 400E in perfect, but it is burl. So this project is strictly a learning experience. I'm a pretty good woodworker so I obtained a "refinished" shifter surround that was so aggressively striped that some of the veneer was removed. I obtained some Zebrano veneer for $10.00 which would be enough to do at least two sets of console panels. I have removed the bad sections of veneer and am now researching the best adheasives to use for this application. This is important because of the temperature variation that these pieces see compared to fine furniture. I am documenting the process with photos so as soon as I have a completed project to show I will post pictures and instructions. I have been able to repair furniture veneer without any seams showing and so far the interior wood for the MB is responding to the same techniques. I will keep everyone posted on progress. Thanks,Tony V.
Sounds GREAT! I'd love to know how it comes out. A lot of past posts on this, most with questionable results.

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I have a 'practice' panel to peel off the catalyst with and then re-apply. I lack the ambition with too many other projects ahead of it. However, I used to refinish fancy wood laminated canoe panels with this stuff, so I'm well seasoned with that process. That's how I recognized these panels for what they are...I know nothing of fixing wood veneer however. Go Tony!

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Hello Kevin, The panel I have was "stripped"; probably with aircraft stripper. Delaminated the veneer. So I'm anxious to hear how the "baking" option works out. That way we should have a complete process for these lovely wood embellishments . Thanks again, Tony V.
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I used stripper on one years ago, took like five coats to get it to peel off. My issue was I never could get color to match other parts.
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Hello Kevin, The panel I have was "stripped"; probably with aircraft stripper. Delaminated the veneer. So I'm anxious to hear how the "baking" option works out. That way we should have a complete process for these lovely wood embellishments . Thanks again, Tony V.
Hey Tony...if I run out of work this winter, I'll give it a shot. The only problem with the catalyst that I used was runoff. I kept the canoe paddles dead horizontal and taped the bottom. That way I got one surface done and the sides. Then I taped the sides and the other bottom and finished the other flat panel. Only did the paddle itself and not the stalk...used Deft for that. But that was hobby stuff....for wooden boats they use this stuff called the West System that is thicker and doesn't run as much. Someday.....

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