Are you still intending to use the vinyl, just without padding? Or are you talking about other dash alternatives? A lot of guys have done wood. One of our guys here in Doo Dah engine-turned the aluminum and left the vinyl off completely. It looks great but I don't know how he keeps from being blinded by the sun's reflection!
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My car: a lightweight, precision-guided, sledgehammer.
My first dash was black-anodized aluminum. Later, because of a misunderstanding, the dash got covered in black vinyl. I don't like it because I don't care for the vinyl look. The next time the body comes off I am going back to the anodized aluminum.
Perhaps you can get a leather grain pattern embossed on the aluminum and then anodize it.
I didn't like the look of the padded dash so I remove the foam from the back of the dash leather and replaced it with a polyester felt material I picked up at Joann Fabrics. It provides a little bit of padding; but not the spongy foam look.
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looks good,mine is not that nice because i re used my old dash ,ever glue or imprefection left shows,but i still like it better than padded,i did use dynomat on my center console and covered it to match the dash,i liked the rug but was tired of picking pine needles and crap from it,now i just wipe it down.
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