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Cracked wood on console

Got an idea. Both my '87 W126s have cracked finishes on the shift lever / window switch plate, the vertical wood on the console, and a couple other places. While spending several hundred dollars to get refurbished pieces would be the best, how well would wrap / decal material stand up to the heat in the car in the summertime? I could remove the console wood, sand it smooth, and have it wrapped.

The material used as a wrap on the exterior of a car should be right for this use and it can likely be obtained in any color wanted, probably even in a wood grain look.

Also, how about having it put on my cracked dash? Fill in the cracks with a plastic material, wipe it down with acetone or maybe xylene, have a wrap applied.

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not a bad idea
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Worth a go. You could have something completely different on there but I dunno what.
The cracked dash idea is especially interesting.
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If you step back and think about it, cracked wood on the dash and console is not really a problem at all. The fact that there is real wood in the first place differentiates your car from 99% of all other cars and it is not really unattractive. Unlike a cracked dash, or body rust, or leather tears, the little splits give the car character. A vinyl wrap is sort of the opposite of that charm.
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Replacements would be nice, but perhaps pricey and a lot of work. Filling the cracks with correct color wood filler would need some gentle sanding and that would scratch the gloss finish around the crack. Some sort of polish or clear finish blending into the finish of the wood might work, but I think you would need to be careful to result in a nice look. A professional wood working specialist could probably do a nice job. In the end filled cracks in wood underneath a gloss finish are often visible in quality antiques. I personally would find that look acceptable.

There may even be a product that allows a nice gloss finish and partially fill the crack without additional filler. That may be another possibility. Ask a custom woodworker. Maybe paying them for a fix might be a good option.
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If you step back and think about it, cracked wood on the dash and console is not really a problem at all. The fact that there is real wood in the first place differentiates your car from 99% of all other cars and it is not really unattractive. Unlike a cracked dash, or body rust, or leather tears, the little splits give the car character. A vinyl wrap is sort of the opposite of that charm.
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Tell you what, I'll send you some cracked pieces and you send me some uncracked replacements and we will both be where we want to be and we'll call it even.
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Tell you what, I'll send you some cracked pieces and you send me some uncracked replacements and we will both be where we want to be and we'll call it even.
You'd go with the vinyl, right?
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If you are against sending yours out to be professionally done by Igor or Madera Concepts out in CA, I would advise you to just strip them carefully with a mild chemical remover and then laquer them yourselves.
It will be nothing like what these professionals can do but a whole lot nicer then covering the wood with some sort of paper/vinyl etc.

I started doing this and removed the lacquer and realized I'm in way over my head to make it match the rest of the wood in the car. But if you are doing all of the wood I suppose matching is not an issue.

These guys did an excellent job matching the rest of the wood in my car after I stripped my shifter plate. Impressive....
It was not super pricey either. Looks new.

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If you are against sending yours out to be professionally done by Igor or Madera Concepts out in CA, I would advise you to just strip them carefully with a mild chemical remover and then laquer them yourselves.
It will be nothing like what these professionals can do but a whole lot nicer then covering the wood with some sort of paper/vinyl etc.

I started doing this and removed the lacquer and realized I'm in way over my head to make it match the rest of the wood in the car. But if you are doing all of the wood I suppose matching is not an issue.

These guys did an excellent job matching the rest of the wood in my car after a I stripped my shifter plate. Impressive....
It was not super pricey either. Looks new.

-Cheers!
Didn't someone send their wood to Igor in recent months? I'd love to see how it turned out.
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