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    Look Away Now If You Don't Like 'Wood' Dashboards

    I shall undoubtedly get some non-constructive criticism for what I have done, but my XK has now got a revised dashboard in place of the shiny piano black.
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    How did you do it? Is it a veneer, or a dip? Very interesting indeed, and the finish looks good.

    EDIT - PS, don't be put off by any negative comments! Some people will like it, some won't - what matters is that YOU like it and are happy with it, after all it is your car.
    ex - 2002 X-Type 2.5 V6; 1995 XJ Sport 3.2; 1998 Mercedes C180 Elegance; VW Passat 2.0TDI (140); Audi A4 Avant 2.0TDI; Nissan Qashqai 1.5dCi; Current - 2007 XJ 4.2 V8 Sovereign, and occasionally an Electric Wheelchair!

    It wasn't me! A big boy done it and ran away.

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    Fabulous. Mine has walnut as standard but not on the window switch sections.

    I'm aghast at the lack of imagination in car interior design these days, just 'black with silver bits'.

    I'm guessing yours is hydrographics as the chrome handle on the ashtray is covered. But if so how did you make the door switch sections smooth?

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    Yes, indeed it was hydrographically coated.
    I'm not sure I understand the question about the door switch sections - they were smooth to start with.
    Good spot on the ash tray handle: it was supposed to have been sprayed silver after the 'printing' and lacquering had been completed, but somehow got missed. I'm not too bothered by it, so will probably leave it.
    On the piano black panel set the ashtray handle is a separate removable molding, but on the set of panels which formed the basis for the treatment (shown below) they have the ashtray handle molded in as one piece hence it is coated in the same (IMHO) nasty gold weave as the rest of the panel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zulu 10 View Post
    I'm not sure I understand the question about the door switch sections - they were smooth to start with.
    Mine have the middle recessed - maybe they changed them later?

    You have to spray the ashtray handle silver

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    Lovely that is!!
    They said it couldn't be done, so i didn't do it

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    Funny have just rapped my wood dash in piano black, doing the wood steering wheel was interesting ��.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zulu 10 View Post
    I shall undoubtedly get some non-constructive criticism for what I have done, but my XK has now got a revised dashboard in place of the shiny piano black.
    I like it. I usually like the burled walnut over the grain but this has enough undulations in the grain to look interesting.
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    First of all; Your car, your choice.
    Looks much better to me.
    What's not to like?

    Enjoy!
    When you buy a Jag, you pay for the engine.
    My other ride is the Mrs.

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    Amazing what they can do these days. Looks great, hope you are happy with it.
    Jim.
    2012 XKR Black pack, Speed Pack, Aero pack, Rat pack. Past:-87'XJS 3.6L, 93'XJ40 3.2L gold, 95'XJ6 4.0L sport, 00'XJ8 3.2L sport, 2005 XK8 4.2L coupe, 2009 XK 5.0L Portfolio in that order and enjoyed all of 'em.

    I do not offer advice, I only say what I would do with the set of circumstances presented. Your choice always.

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