|Your New England Wood Dash interior is designed to provide flawless beauty and enjoyment longer than most people will own their cars if it is installed according to the following common-sense directions. Just take one step at a time, in the order they are listed, for perfect results.
1. First, read all the directions.
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2. Do not remove the protective backing from any wood component yet.
3. Select one wood component and find where it goes on the instrument panel-dashboard or door. If it goes on a relatively flat surface, such as a door accent or around a power accessory switch, go on to step 4. If it goes on a curved surface, we'll do it later.
4. If the vehicle's interior has been treated with a silicone compound, wax, or vinyl protectant such as, but not limited to, Armor All, Son-of-a-gun, or Nu-Vinyl, remove all of the protectant. Use a quality cleaning agent designed to remove oil, wax, grease and poly-silicone products, one which will not damage automotive plastics. We recommend Afta or Prep-Sol by DuPont. They are obtainable in good auto paint stores or hardware stores. You may have to apply the cleaning agent more than once.
5. Clean the area thoroughly with ordinary rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol), not the kind with medical additives. If the vehicle is new, clean the area twice and use a different part of the rag the second time.
6. Let the area dry and then apply adhesion promoter to only those areas to be covered by the wood pieces (you have about one hour to install all the pieces).
7. Place the wood piece exactly where it goes and carefully make a mental note of its position. Some installers mark the position using pieces of a removable label.
8. Using a hair dryer or heat gun gently warm the piece, red side (tape) first, to body temperature or 100-F. Now remove the red protective backing from the piece. You can lift a corner by sliding a small penknife between the grey adhesive and the red protective backing. The red plastic may wrinkle slightly. This is ok.
9. Also warm the area that will receive the piece to the same temperature.
10. Stick the piece on. If you did all this at the right temperature, it's virtually impossible to remove.
11. Do the other flat pieces the same way.
12. Select a piece that fits on a concave (curves inward) or convex (curves outward) surface.
13. Gently and uniformly warm the piece until it feels warm, not hot. It will become somewhat flexible. Place the piece exactly where it goes. Make a mental note of exactly where the piece is to be positioned. You may want to use temporary markers. Warm the surface as you did in step 9.
14. Remove the red backing now. Move the piece into position, but don't let the curve portion come into contact. Instead, line up any straight edges and use them to position the piece. Press the piece into position, working from edge to edge and from top to bottom. Lastly, let the curve come in contact if it is still warm. If not, warm it up before pressing it into place. You should finish at the edge of the curve.
15. In some vehicles, areas of curvature lie between flat surfaces. If you encounter this, fist warm up the piece, determine exactly where the piece must be placed, remove the backing and then press into place, working from right to left, from left to right, this way no bows or bubbles will be created.
16. Wipe with a clean cotton cloth lightly moistened with a good furniture polish like Pledge, favor, etc. Never spray or pour any kind of polish on the wood accents themselves, and never allow any protectants (i.e. Armor All, Son-of-a-gun, NuVinyl) to drip on, seep into or be absorbed by any part of the wood interior.
Congratulations on your purchase and enjoy your
wood dash for many years to come.