I am looking to make a custom dash. My plan was to make it out of fiberglass and then paint it the same as the body, which is yellow. I was talking with a friend and he mentioned that bright colors glare. I started doing some checking and I found the Yellow 1965 Ford pickup on this site had a yellow dash. It shows in the pictures that there is glare and I am wondering if it is a problem when driving or is barely noticeable. Any input would be great, thanks in advance.Here is the link to the particular pickup.http://www.customclassictrucks.com/featuredvehicles/0904cct_1965_ford_f100/photo_02.htmlThanks MuchDan K
man that is BRIGHT.. depending on where you live and if the dash board actually comes all the way out.. but.. they are probably available already made... properly fitting dash covers... made from various things like high quality black automotive carpet...living here in los angeles.. i have access to a lot of stuff.. but one of my favorite dash cover providers has retired.. he had a tiny shop.. about 50 rolls of material and a sewing machine or two.. he would lay some paper to your dash.. cut trim and tape it into place.. add additional pieces to it.. draw some korean words on it.. charge you 70 bucks and when you returned.. it fit like the factory engineers created it .. i sent him 2 or 3 customers a month.. one day he was gone.. an oil change shop had taken over.. never did find him.. he was quite experienced man you might say.. but i know that there are others like him out there somewhere.. with proper backing selected to avoid scratching your dash paint.. .. and snaps that you can add decorative buttons to when the dash cover is NOT installed.. you could have the best of two worlds if you can figure a way to store the dash cover without folding or creasing it while stored..
Thank you for the ideas. I live in Thief River Falls, MN and it is plenty bright today. This morning I cut out a pattern of the top of the dash out of bright yellow tag-board and set it on the dash. I drove it to town and I can see the reflection in the windshield, but it was not a problem and the bright neon yellow is much brighter than the color I am going to paint it. I think I am going to try the same thing except with a sheet of metal and paint it close to the right color and see how it works. The idea of the removable cover sounds like a good idea. Thanks again.Thanks MuchDan K
Dan,I shot that '65 Ford's photography in the early morning with a ton of sun plus with a reflector that isn't visible in the photo. Coincidently I owned a bright red '65 Ford F-250 with a high-gloss dashboard. I don't remember glare ever being a real problem on my '65.I have a black '56 Ford that's here in the features that also has a glossy dashboard as it came from the factory. This is not to say a glossy dash might not be problem for you. If so add a flattening compound to the paint intended for your dash will solve things.— John
John,Thank you for the information. I didn't think that it was going to be a big issue, however I just wanted to make sure. I think it will be an excellent way to tie the exterior into the interior. By the way very nice pickup.Thanks again.Dan