For the second installment of our MR2 build, we’re posting up a little How To for all of our DIYers out there.
Have you ever looked at your interior and wished it looked a bit less dated? Or maybe you just have the desire to have something that only the most die hard are willing to work for? Well, this is your answer. FLOCK THE DASH! It’s a wonderful piece of customization that not only looks amazing, but eliminates sun glare off the dash!
MATERIALS AND TOOLS NEEDED:
Suede-Tex Mini Flocker
Suede-Tex Flocking Fiber
Suede-Tex Undercoat Adhesive
Vacuum Cleaner with Brush Attachment
STEP 1: REMOVAL
I know it seems to go without saying, but we don’t want to leave anything out. To get a seamless look, the dash needs to be removed and completely stripped of parts. I know it can be a pain, but you want it turn out perfect, right?
STEP 2: PREP
You’re going to want to address all the issues your dash may have. Things like cracks, or in the case of our MR2; dash lift, are going to be amplified when you change the texture. we managed to fix ours by using a combination of epoxy and contact cement to address our flaws.
After the much needed repairs, we had to get all of the cleaning products off that had accumulated over the years. we ended up getting it all off using rubbing alcohol and microfiber cloths.
STEP 3: GLUE APPLICATION
Next we applied our glue. We used foam rollers and brushes. Make sure to cover ALL of the dash. Move quickly, as it starts to dry within about twenty minutes. The glue comes in a wide range of colors so really you can go wild to make your interior match your style!
Find the adhesive we used here:
STEP 4: FLOCKING
Flocking is probably the most fun step. Its also the most simple. Make sure you find a place where you’re good to get this stuff everywhere, as it does get pretty messy. Just fill your mini flocker about halfway with flocking fiber and pump away until its empty, then repeat. Make sure to cover with about twice as much as you think you’ll need. You want total coverage when you remove the excess fiber, and overusing is pretty much the only way to guarantee it.
After you’re satisfied with the amount of fiber you’ve applied to your dash, find somewhere safe to store it that won’t be windy and will be out of the elements. Suggested set time is 24 hours, but just to be safe we waited around three days.
Find the Mini Flocker and Flocking Fiber here:
STEP 4: FINISH
Now it’s time to see what you’ve got after all that work. To remove the excess flocking fiber, you’ll need to take your vacuum cleaner with brush attachment and go to town. Don’t be afraid of hurting your work, this glue is no joke.
When you’re done the dash will feel like new crushed velvet. If you’re anything like us, you won’t want to stop with just the dash. We intend to tie the entire interior together with it.
If you want to follow the build with more up to the minute updates, you can follow along with the build on Instagram @ccc_mr2
Words: Michael McLean
Photos: Gordon Lister