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I have a 70 Malibu which I'm at the final stages of restoring the dash for (sweep style dash). I'm trying to find out how the silver trim should be on it. I've done quite a bit of searching for pics of dashes, but most of them don't have much silver left on them. The ones that do have also been redone and I've noticed a variety of ways it's been painted. Can anyone point me to a resource that will show me how it should look, or maybe send a pic as a private message or to [email protected]?

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just went thru the same thing your doing with the silver i will see if i have a picture and send it to you. i went to a lot of car shows to look and check ebay cars to look at them also. i know the steering wheel shroud get it lighter gets the silver also i think around the wiper switch thats all i can remember .
 

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Monte Carlo's had chrome trim and Chevelle's had just a Silver paint. If you look at a repro dash for a 70-72 SS Chevelle you will see what I'm talking about. If you look at a 69 Chevelle repro dash you will see that it is Chrome. Go to a craft store and buy a Kralon Silver Paint Pen. Very easy to use. Good luck. It will look a 100% better.
 

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From what I understand both the Monte's and Chevelles both had "chrome" trim when new. They were actually dipped completely in chrome coating and then painted the appropriate color. On my orginal dash, you could still see some of the original "chrome" in just a few areas.

There are a few companies that can still do this, but it's pretty pricy. Most of us just stick with the old testors silver paint pen.

One thing that drives me crazy about the repop SS dashes is the silver around the turn signals...the originals didnt have it. Scot
 

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Jay,

I also recently repainted my 70 dash, and for posterity I took some "before" pictures. Maybe these pictures of the original dash might help identify what parts need the chrome treatment.

I used spray-can "chrome" when I repainted, then followed with a coat of acrylic clear. The clear helps to keep the chrome from rubbing off, but it did dull the chrome shine a bit.

Be sure you thoroughly degrease the dash, as any remaining Armor-All or other oily residue will cause orange peel and a bad finish.

And now for some pictures of an original unretouched 70 Chevelle dash:
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g244/f1970chevelle/Chevelle/old-dash-3.jpg
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g244/f1970chevelle/Chevelle/old-dash-4.jpg
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g244/f1970chevelle/Chevelle/old-dash-1.jpg
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g244/f1970chevelle/Chevelle/old-dash-2.jpg
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g244/f1970chevelle/Chevelle/old-dash-5.jpg
and one "after" picture:
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g244/f1970chevelle/Chevelle/digital-dash4.jpg
 

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1970 Chevelle dashes came in two ways. I have found these on a number of original unrestored cars with the chrome being the most common. I have not found any rhyme or reason to how they were done nor does it seem they were plant specific.

They were either oversprayed with a silver paint followed by the black being applied using templates or chromed using a vacuum metalzing process and then painted black also using the template. They are not dipped into a chrome like the metal chroming process we are familiar with but rather it is applied via a vacuum process which is very common on plastic parts.

I just recently shipped a mint dash off to a new company claiming they can do a perfect rechroming and will know the results in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I will not sleep..........

We have also come up with a chrome "painting" process that mirrors the actual chrome. It is about the same cost (due to being very labor intensive) but looks exactly the same and has a much better turn around time. The experimental dash turned out absolutely beautiful and I will post some pictures within a few days. We are still experimenting on this.
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Received my customer's 1970 Chevelle vacuum metalized chromed dash back yesterday and it went way beyond my expectations. Their turn around was just two weeks and at a very reasonable price. Next step is to paint it, assemble and install. I have pictures of the dash in chrome for anyone interested.
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I also am interested in this. My SS dash has a couple nice holes drilled into from the previous owner, don't know why.

I've looked at the repops before, but the bland silver is just not what I wanted. If I could ever get my old one repaired, or buy a re-pop and have it chromed, that would rock.

I'd like to see pictures and get info on this as well, thanks
 
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