Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Hobart Tasmania
This is one time you should ensure you follow the manufacturer's surface preparation instructions for the vinyl fully. Anything less than best-possible adhesion will make life harder when you try to do the gauge recesses.
On that point, it APPEARS to me that it may be smart to let the Vinyl fully cure on the face of the dash before you try to stretch the material down into the gauge recesses. I think that should reduce the tendency for the vinyl to lift/shrink away from the concave face when you apply heat to do the recess sections. I think I tried to do too much at once.
I recall Later seeing an 'in progress' photo by Franjo Mokina which appeared to do this, and if you were looking to follow best practice, he's the man.
If I do this again, that is what I will try.
BUT, this is untested - at least by me - It may be helpful if someone can confirm if this a better approach.
Last edited by Ranz; 10-29-2016 at 01:58 AM.