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Leather dash repair?

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I recently installed my new aluminum face gauges. During the installation, I didn't rest the floating dash on a towel, so now my full leather dash has these mars in between the instrument cluster and the steering column -- from the mounting points. they are not creases in the leather, they almost like indents in the semi-soft leather dash.

does anyone know how to get the leather to rebound back to it's smooth original state?

I've tried wiping leather cleaner into it to condition and hopefully soften it up, and I've tried to heat it up with a hair dryer. nada. It seem to rebound a bit itself overnight, but not quite well enough.

any suggestions?

P.S. if you are going to do this, be extra careful. During the whole install, I not only marred up the dash, a couple of the needles on the gauges didn't work (which I later fixed), and had a very hard time removing the trim from the hazard light switch which I basically had to rip out. The dealer wants $87 to replace that small piece of abs around the hazard switch!

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  • 1 year later...

My instrument cluster did the same thing to my dash when I had it out for something; I left it overnight that way. The indentation took a week or so to diminish noticeably, then maybe a few more weeks before it was gone. I don't have leather, though. The foam/vinyl/whatever-it-is creeps enough to leave the dent, but has enough elasticity 'memory' to rebound. As long as the leather isn't marred, maybe there's a chance your dash will bounce back--give it some time to see. --Brian

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