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Screen landing re-trim procedure

slewthy

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Very exciting!! (well for me)
The bit of the dash next to the windscreen is called the screen landing and is, infact, part of the bodyshell i.e. not removable. As outlined in other threads, this was trimmed at Lotus before the screen went in, so unless the screen is out/broken/removed etc, it needs to be retrimmed insitu, screen in the way. The problem is that there is a very narrow space at the junction and whilst it is part hidden from the outside by the black screen finishing tape, from the inside it is very much on show. SO, here is my procedure for retrimming this with minimal fuss.
The arrangement is as follows

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You can see the narrow angle that needs dealing with. My original solution was to use Timebond adhesive on the premise that I could slap it on and then ease the leather down the space. Forget it! Timebond allows only fine adjustments to be made and my tests showed this technique would not work at all. Its also a very strong glue so a mistake would be costly. It has another useful property however in that it is much more solid than other impact adhesives so doesnt drip and clart everything else up. It can be applied with a spatula or brush.
So, I applied a thinnish layer of timebond with a decorators spatula/scraper(the kind you might fill wall plaster with) to the tricky part of the screen landing and the edge of my leather piece. Once dry, it only really sticks to more stick so doesnt mess everything else up. The leather is then laid down with the glued edge rolled back as shown

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The edge is then gently worked down the crevice with another clean(and not too sharp) spatula untill fully seated. A decorators painting edge was also useful here. It was then left for 24hours until fully cured.
Next, the leather was held up to the screen with some tape - I now use Gorilla tape, its the best - and adhesive applied with a brush to everywhere else. It was then a very easy task to smooth down the trim over the entire dash, taking care to avoid wrinkles.

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Here is the finished dash

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The image doesn't illustrate the area at all but hopefully you get the idea.
This next image demonstrates the area under the binnacle. Note that none of the holes are cut yet untill the adhesive has set fully. Also, the VIN plaque poses a problem - the front edge of the leather needed a 5mm cutout to accomodate this as the leather would not push down as far as everywhere else.

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Job done!



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All cutouts done and glued. Front speakers in. Looks great!
Most difficult bit was refitting the passenger side screen demister. Especially since the threads had stripped for the attachment. But now its in, I think its the best job I have done on the car so far ie I dont think I can improve it.
Shame I cant say the same for the carpets!
Attaching edge binding on inside and outside curves, even with a binding blade is getting the better of me....

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Nice work!

My screen went in 2 weeks ago having had this area recovered a couple of months ago.

Benefit if hindsight, I have a gap between the finished trim and the screen and not too sure if or how to fill it.

And I agree, having just refitted thr passenger side screen demister myself on Saturday, it was a hateful job and I had to butcher the plastic cone thing as the screws in the dash scuttle were dead centre - so the screws were splitting the cone thingy apart.

Glad that jos over.

On carpets, I bought a set from SJ and found it quite simple to cut and fit, am really pleased with how it turned out and having it pre-cut was a huge help.

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I now have a couple of contacts for carpet guys who can apply binding to my own-cut carpets. But thats another story...

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This just in!
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww142/slewthy/2011-09-30192940.jpg[/IMG]
Cant install yet but the guy clearly has an eye for detail and accuracy. Smells fantastic.

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