dash removal for beginners

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  1. Francesco

    Francesco Veteran Member

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    Hello Camaro masters! I want to remove and refresh the paint on my 79 dash. Any step by step instructions on how to remove without breaking anything?

    Thank you

    Frank
     
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    There are a couple of videos on YouTube for the earlier Camaro pads, you may find some tips there There is a NPD remove and replace video for Camaro, do a quick search you should find it
     
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    Go slow...remove all the screws and don't force anything. Oh yeah...don't lose the hardware.
     
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    Thanks for the tip pal...loll. So its no big deal.
     
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    It can get frustrating to remove because of the screws
     
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    Which pieces of the dash are you painting?

    The 79-81 dash is a bit different from the 70-78 video but watching the NPD video will get you through the job.

    Remember to put the “Fasten Seat Belt” bulb back where it belongs.

    I’ve had to remove the bezel more than once because I forgot that item when I put it back in the dash.
     
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    Well, when i got the car i wanted an all black interior but as i got older i realized that it was nicer to keep it in original red. The easy part of the dash is black and the rest where there are the clusters is still in original red. Im not even sure if i really need to remove it where i need to put it back in red. I just wanted to see what it would be like to remove the dash. I want to paint the glove box area and the top of the dash and then put on a dash mat.
     
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    Any way you could post a picture of your dash as it is?

    Removing the entire dash isn't incredibly difficult, but it absolutely takes patience. Screws need to be put into little bags that are labeled to what part of the dash they came from.

    I removed the entire dash in my '79 in February of last year to do a complete interior restoration. I repainted the whole lower dash and even the metal dash at the cowl...then installed a new dash pad, but didn't the dash back in for 8 months. I had to go on all memory on how to put it all back together. I did have the screws labeled which helped.
     

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