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Wood/carbon fibre/aluminum trim dash kits

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  • joe166joe166 Posts: 401
    but it is also possible that it will damage the dash. It is stuck on with a heavy duty adhesive, but the ones I have seen are basically double sided tape (very good quality double sided tape) with some sort of foam or other padding between the adhesives to allow for some imperfections. If nothing else you can just rip off the trim and the adhesive backing will split at the padding. Then they will have to clean off the residue with some sort of solvent. That will almost certainly "damage" the dash, but since you are going to cover it again, why do you care. If you mean are they going to gouge the surrounding area while trying to pry off the trim, you better ask the dealer. They could replace your entire dashboard with a new one if they screwed up so if they say they can do it, let them.

    I just installed a "wood" kit on my car and really didn't like the looks of one particular piece which I thought was overkill. I just ripped it off and cleaned off the adhesive with alcohol, but this was only on about an hour before I had my epiphany. I expect that if it is on for several hours it will then be much harder, but not impossible.
  • devoredevore Posts: 39
    Yeah, like you said, I'm not so concerned with them using solvents to remove the adhesive. I'm more concerned about them using some kind of tool to "pry off" the old trim. I'm thinking doing a bunch of prying on the dash might lead to it vibrating or creaking, which I'd like to avoid since the car is brand new.

    I'll have to ask them exactly how they plan to remove it and how traumatic it would be. Thanks for the info.
  • lwittorflwittorf Posts: 96
    Yes you can remove it if they didn't use a solvent to score the dash where they put on the after market. use a hair fryer to heat the kits glue and gently pull it off the heat will soften the sticky so it comes off with out to much work. I would make sure of what they did for pep though so you won't run in to a surprise.
  • mdamesmdames Posts: 79
    Does anyone know of a company that can install the wood trim kits on cars in the Los Angeles area?

    Thanks
  • tronsr1tronsr1 Posts: 149
    Check your yellow or white pages. Most "detail" shops will install same for about $40.00.
  • deuce56deuce56 Posts: 46
    Can anyone point me in the direction of a "gold kit" distributor? I'm specifically looking for an "add-on" kit to supplement the factory kit that came on my '01 Olds Silhouette. Possibly the two plastic chrome grill pieces and the wheel hub cover (recessed Olds insignia). Can these be done at local aftermarket shops? Does anyone have any experience with having this done? Thanks in advance!
  • vtwatersvtwaters Posts: 24
    Does anyone know where I can get an wood automatic shift knob for my 2001 Jetta GLX. I've seen some Jettas w/ wood trim that had a wooden knob and some without it. Mine doesn't have it for some reason.
  • deuce56deuce56 Posts: 46
    I'm not sure you can get an aftermarket wood shift knob on an automatic. I've only seen them offered for manual trans. Try woodtrim.com and search back near the beginning of this topic for one other company that offers shift knobs.
  • jaki30jaki30 Posts: 73
    Getting ready to install a wood dash kit. What is the adhesive promoter
    that is supplied with the kit and is it really necessary? I figure I could get
    the double sided tape off, if I had to. But, I am not sure what the promoter
    will do to the car. Thanks.
  • tronsr1tronsr1 Posts: 149
    The solution that comes with the kit to be applied after the given area is cleaned with the alcohol pads to make sure the wood dash kit section will properly adhere to the area. It is not really necessary if the given area has no wax on it such as Armorall, Son of a Gun,Lexon, or whatever. If it is a "new car" and nothing has been applied to the dash area, such as the aforementioned, then usually the alcohol will do the job. When I did my kit, I used the adhesive promoter and applied it "sparingly with a Q Tip, but found out later {due to the fact it was a brand new vehicle and virgin to wax, etc., that I did not really need the promoter. It is a bit-- to apply if need be... and don't get any on any area other than where the dash kit will be as... it doesn't come off...be patient when applying the dash kit. It took me 2 and a half hours with the blow dryer.. and make sure the temperature is about 75 degrees or better so that the kit is "flexible". Hope this helps.
    DashKit NORT
  • jaki30jaki30 Posts: 73
    Thanks for the info. The car is one month old and nothing has been
    applied to the surfaces. I think I may try the flat surfaces w/o the
    promoter and see how much tension is on the curved surfaces. I
    took the day off tomorrow hoping to do it, but, the temp in Ct is
    only supposed to be in the low sixties. I was hoping for 70. I will
    have to play it by ear.
  • robh3robh3 Posts: 157
    For what it's worth, I checked out the Woodtrim.com site, and their prices seem much higher than others.

    I bought a wood kit a year ago from exoticwooddash.com for my '99 Caddy STS. I bought the 13 piece kit for $153.00, significantly less than the Woodtrim.com site.

    One thing, though, is that the woodtrim.com site offers more pieces, however, in my case I didn't want to go overboard with too much, I just wanted to add wood to the radio/HVAC controls and the cupholder door, linking the center floor mounted console with the dash wood trim in the center of the car. IMO, that is enough. Adding wood to the headlight switch surround and the glove compartment handle ruins the symmetry of the wood flow up from the console and then spreading right and left across the front of the dash.

    The woodtrim.com kit comes with pieces that cover the door handle/door lock button area, and lots of other little things in front and back. This is too much, and when applied around the door handles/lock buttons, the wood surface is not flush with the rest of the factory wood trim on the upper door panel. I've seen it and it ends up looking like a tacky add-on.

    Anyway, the quality of my kit is very good and the color matches very well...as good as I have seen anywhere for the Caddy's with the Zebrano wood.

    Just my 2 cents. It's another source to check out if nothing else.

    Rob
  • jthornburgjthornburg Posts: 1
    I purchased a kit for my car that I finally liked after sending 2 back. edashkit.com has the highest quality materials and the guys sell at incredible prices. They were very helpful and the kit was so easy to install.

    Highly recommend.

    Jim
  • sonatavasonatava Posts: 75
    For those interested, Wooddashfactory will send you a sample piece for $8.95, and autodash.com sells the sample boards from Florida Auto Trim for $15 each. I just received the board for real wood and another for the synthetic wood. Autodash will also send you two pieces for free.

    Question for those who've installed a dash kit, I noticed that the pieces from the Florida Auto Trim manufacturer look like a very thin piece of wood, with a lot of the expoxy resin on top of it, making it look like one of those raised soft plastic stickers they sometimes sell for kids.

    The surface seems kind of soft, and pushing a finger nail into it is easy, although it "heals itself" within seconds.

    Question: Are all the other manufacturer's trim made this way? I kinda like the OEM "feel" of real wood with lacquer, rather than the soft epoxy. The samples certainly look great, but the feeling just ain't there.
  • geo21geo21 Posts: 4
    No, there are a number of different epoxy's and resin coatings in use. Normally you'll find that synthetic kits seem a bit mushier.

    Having been in the re-styling business for many years, I can tell you that there are some significant differences between the manufacturers.

    There are about 100 manufacturers or so. Keep in mind though, that there are lots of web sites selling dash kits, many from the same manufacturers. Some of the big player are: B&I, Superior, Florida, Sherwood, New England, and Woodview.

    There are others of course but many of those are simply private labeled products from one of the above mentioned manufacturors.

    Florida's kits are known to a bit squishy. Yes the resin does heal itself, but can in some cases do a bit of creeping. The other thing to keep an eye on is the precision of the cuts themselves. Also, you want to make sure that the stuff is not too thick. Some of these kits have too much resin trying to obtain depth. This often will become yellow and milky in time when exposed to the sun.
    Therefore you want to make sure that the kit has UV inhibitors to reduce color changes in the kit.

    About adhesive promoter. If you live anywhere hot, use the promoter! If you are applying pieces to anything that is the slightest porous, use the promoter! If any of the pieces are applied to any curved surface (convex or concave) use the promoter! Catch my drift? The promoter should be used if supplied, especially around the corners where a piece is most likely to loose adhesion otherwise. But yes, be carefull in making sure that you only apply it where the pieces are going, as it can etch the surface permanently. Once installed, DO NOT use Armor-All or the like product on the dash. If you do, the kit will come off sooner or later. In addition, in some kits it will cause the lamitation top release and the kit will look terrible.

    It's worthwhile doing though, because it makes a big difference to the overall look of your vehicle. Take your time, pay attention, have fun and enjoy!

    If you need more info, you can contact me off list
    at autostock@home.com

    Geo
  • maemarkmaemark Posts: 11
    I put a lot of pieces from and Exoticwood dash on my new Solara. After a couple months, I don't really like it. It is obviously fake, not wood like at all. I have seen photos of real wood trim pieces from Joshua Tree and they look so much better. I would switch if I could be assured removing the old kit will not leave me with a ruined surface. I did the installation myself, suing the promoter. Is there any way to remove the pieces without damaging the underlying surface? Some solvent to remove the "glue"? Does the promoter craze the plastic where it touches? I especially regret putting the pieces on the radio face, the climate controls and the coin box area. They look better in their original black with real wood trim surrounding the whole area.

    Any advice out there?
  • tronsr1tronsr1 Posts: 149
    You can probably use a blow dryer to remove same, however; I cannot help as to whether or not the promotor is easily removed???> Sorry.
  • enguyenenguyen Posts: 2
    This forum helped me a lot in selecting and purchasing my kit. So I figure the least I can do is to post on the infor I have regarding the wood kit I purchased and installed. I bought a combo kit (formed and flat pcs) from discountdash.com. It's made by Woodview (synthetic, burlwood). The price was very cheap, only $260 USD. The same kit was by other site listed for $300 or more. Got the pkg in a timely manner. Read all the instructions and an hour later I was done. Few comments: 1) the molded front passenger door trim piece was cut a little too big, showed a little too much of the stock rubber trim underneath around the pwr window button 2) the lower right hand corner of the molded dash piece (the largest pc of all) was a little short of material to cover the rubber material underneath 3) still on the same dash pc, the lower section (right above the steering column) about 2 inch of it didn't curve up high enough to fit properly. I had to jam some cardboard pieces underneath to push it up and had the hair blow dryer going for about 10 min to make sure it conformed to the shape of the dash at that area. 4) the included "adhesive promoter" was too little to be useful, I had to use a cotton tip to extract its chemical and rubbed it on the installation area. Had I used the little piece of material soaked w/ the adhesive promoter material directly there would only be enough of it to finish half of the kit.

    The rest of the kit fit fine. However according to the instruction given there was supposed to be a "dash spray" to be used on the formed pieces, I didn't see anything except for a small spray bottle of alcohol which I used to clean the installation areas with. Hopefully they didn't mislabeled the solution.

    Had it installed only 4 days ago, hopefully it will perform well under "severe weather" in southern calif :-)
  • People,

    I need your advice. I am looking for a wood dash trim for my new bimmer. Here are my questions

    1) Which dash company would you recommend?
    2) All dashes I have seen lack the 2 pieces for rear passenger door compartments and the front dash of the car, can i get em outside?
    3) Is there an aftermarket part from BMW?
    4) Once installed how do they come off?

    thanks guys
    Ak
  • joe166joe166 Posts: 401
    I would look on a BMW site for advice on who has the best kit, but frankly, it looks to me like there are only one or two actual manufacturers and they are sold by several retailers. On the Lincoln LS owners site, they reccomend one particular dealer because they have given LS owners free shipping. Look for that kind of deal. As to your other questions, do a search and you will find that some kits are more complete, but I don't have the specific answer to your question on the particular pieces you mention. As to BWM, I seriously doubt that there is an "official" kit. Ask at a nearby dealership if they do the work and ask which kit they use. They may tell you. As to how they come off--with a lot of hard work. You probably shouldn't count on removing the kit. They do come off, but not easily and sometimes you are told to scratch up the surface being covered to increase adhesion. Even if you don't do that, the glue or solvent used to clean and prep the surface might well have damaged the underlying surface.
  • Looking for a quality, reasonably priced dash kit that matches the Hammertone color of the Sequoia Limited. I have an SR5 which is simply black around the console, radio, power window buttons, etc. Would like to find the Hammertone color but am curious to hear if anyone has another color/wood that also looks good.
  • mehulj72mehulj72 Posts: 30
    Hi,

    I'm looking for Wood Trim kit for Honda Odyssey EX 2003 model. I'd appreciate if you could share your experience in this matter.

    thanks

    MJ
  • My experience on the '03 Ody EX-L w/NAV.
    1st, I bought the synthetic or fake trim. It looked pretty good, but it was not real wood.
    I installed it successfully on my Ody.

    However, after comparing my work with all the Lexus vehicle woodtrims, I realized I had installed way too much woodtrim. Thus, I felt like it looked a little "cheezy" and fake. Well, it was fake, but now it also looked really fake due to having way too many pieces.

    Now I just purchased a REAL woodtrim. I have not installed it yet, but I have successfully removed the old fake woodtrim.

    My plan is to install only a few pieces to resemble the way Lexus has the woodtrims in their vehicles.
    I plan to install the following 6 pieces only:
    (1) the center NAV/cd player piece
    (2) the right door window switch piece
    (3) the left door window switch piece
    (4) the right 2nd row door handle piece
    (5) the left 2nd row door handle piece
    (6) the fold-down center console cupholder piece

    Hopefully it will turn out great.
    My goal is to have REAL woodtrim that does not look "cheezy" and fake due to having too many pieces of woodtrim.
  • ..is the best place to buy your woodtrim. Here's my story.
    I bought a fake woodtrim from another place. It looked okay, but kind of cheezy. Not only that, but they did not include enough adhesion promoter at all.
    So I bought another kit from Joshua Tree Woodtrim--real wood this time. I emailed them and asked if they would include extra adhesion promoter. They said "Yes" and sent them to me separately, which was cool.
    So I removed my old fake woodtrim--pain in the butt.
    Then I just installed the pieces I mentioned. But being an idiot that I am, I screwed up on the back rear door. So I emailed Joshua Tree Woodtrim and explained the problem. They said "No problem" and that they will send me two replacement parts as warranty.
    Now is that the best service or what?
    This time I will be 100% careful. It is so easy to installed, but you never know when you will have a bad day.

    Anyway, I think my REAL mappa burl woodtrim looks kind of like the woodtrim in the new 2005 Honda Odyssey.
    I think the light color woodtrim is definitely in, and the darker color is fading out of favor.

    Oh, by the way, the two pieces that I mess up on, well because they are real wood, they cracked. Surely enough, they are truely real wood. I saw the real wood with my own eyes and felt the real wood with my fingers. They are for real and they look much better than the fake wood.
  • thorpeguythorpeguy Posts: 1
    Does anyone have any suggestions or feedback relating to real carbons??I am considering a dash from Edashkit who makes the real carbon but want to make sure I want real and not synthetic/vinyl. Thanks
  • giovanni2giovanni2 Posts: 1
    Has anyone ever used Trimsrus? Also, does anyone know the reason why Joshua Tree has wood dash trims for every year except 2000 for Range Rovers? Is there a way to find out what the factory wood color is called or do I just have to order a bunch of samples to try and match it? Thanks!
  • troop1troop1 Posts: 8
    looking to purchase wood veneer dash kit from Superior Dash, any comment concerning Superior or things to beware of with installation. thanks troop1
  • I just bought an 06 Odyssey, my wife loved the Wood Trim interior in the Odyssey at the show room but the dealer would not go below $850 on it as an option so I went online and found link title through EBAY for well under $200. 44 pieces in total. They turned out to be in Brooklyn, NY so I drove over to see if their trim was as nice as the showroom kit. IT WAS! I bought it and installed it myself. It looks absolutely great, I made one mistake and called BDtrims, they were great and sent me a replacement piece at no extra cost. :)
    If your looking for a wood trim kit I would recommend bdtrims but make sure to take your time adhering the trim. I was rushing to get it done and made a mistake. The most important thing is to dry fit your pieces and make sure the buttons still work and doors still open and close without any problems before you stick them on for real.
  • jb29jb29 Posts: 1
    I got one from a recommendation from edashkit.com for my 300c. I had read about them on many of the forums...I took the car in for service this week and the sales manager came to me when I picked it up and asked where I got the nice trim. He asked me for their info and I believe is planning on installing them as a dealer add on. The color was perfect. The installation does take patience but is very easy. I had seen similar dealer add on packages for 700 plus but was able to do it myself for under 300.00
  • rwisemrwisem Posts: 96
    Does anyone know where I could get a wood piece for the top third of the steering wheel? '06 Buick Lacrosse.
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