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    glare shield re-upholstery

    Greetings all,

    In an attempt to get my wife more interested in the airplane, I asked her
    what (other than the paint) needed the most cosmetic attention.
    She immediately said : "the dashboard looks like a do-it-yourself upholstery
    job done by a five-year-old." She's right. Actually her comment may be
    unfair to most five-year-olds...

    So - I removed the glareshield and have found a local shop that can recover
    it and make it look nice.
    The poorly applied material on the glareshield now is the same color as the
    airtex grey vinyl interior. It's very light grey and more reflective than
    it should be, making it more of a glare amplifier than a glare shield.

    What color and material works best? I'd like to minimize the glare and
    improve the look. Black black suede? DARK grey vinyl?

    Any suggestions, caveats, hard-learned warnings, etc would be greatly
    appreciated.

    Best,

    Mike Hagans
    '68 Super3 (A23-24)
    Based @ 5C1 - Boerne, Texas


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    glare shield re-upholstery

    Mike:



    I refinished my glareshield last year, it was easy. Before I go into the
    procedure, let me describe my glareshield. First, it is constructed of
    plastic/fiberglass. Second, as original Beechcraft equipment, my
    glareshield was finished with flat black paint, no cloth material covering
    the glareshield.



    The finishing process after removing from the plane:

    1. Repaired and strengthened any fractures and cracks from the under
    side of the glareshield with aviation fiberglass patch kit and used Bondo to
    smooth any rough areas on the top side.
    2. When installed, the lower edge of the eyebrow portion of the
    glareshield slightly extended down over my VSI and AI so I took the
    opportunity to install 2 spacers (˝” PVC x 2” long) behind the eyebrow
    between the upper and lower edges of the eyebrow (beneath/between top and
    bottom securing screw holes). When installed the screws pass through the
    top of the eyebrow hole through the center of the PVC out the screw hole
    located in bottom of the eyebrow into the threaded whole in top edge of the
    instrument panel. I used fiberglass to secure the PVC spacer in place, but
    is not necessary because the screws will hold the spacers in place when
    installed.
    3. Sanded upper glareshield surface with 220 sandpaper removing all
    rough impediments followed by 320 fine sandpaper.
    4. Thoroughly cleaned both upper and lower surfaces removing any dust
    and any foreign material that may affect the finish.
    5. Spray painted glareshield upper surface with KRYLON® FUSION FOR
    PLASTIC™ satin flat black. My local hardware store didn’t have it in stock
    so he had to order it for me (took a couple of days). I only applied 2
    coats; individual situations may need more or less coats.
    6. After drying in my basement shop for a couple of days, I
    reinstalled. Looks great, just like for the factory.



    This was a simple project, cost was about $5.00 for the spray paint, about
    $5.00 for the sandpaper, and I had the ˝” PVC hanging around my shop so no
    cost. As for time, I might have a total of 4 to 5 hours in the project.



    Hope this helps.



    Mark

    N6997R (M-1745)





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    Greetings all,

    In an attempt to get my wife more interested in the airplane, I asked her
    what (other than the paint) needed the most cosmetic attention.
    She immediately said : "the dashboard looks like a do-it-yourself upholstery
    job done by a five-year-old." She's right. Actually her comment may be
    unfair to most five-year-olds...

    So - I removed the glareshield and have found a local shop that can recover
    it and make it look nice.
    The poorly applied material on the glareshield now is the same color as the
    airtex grey vinyl interior. It's very light grey and more reflective than
    it should be, making it more of a glare amplifier than a glare shield.

    What color and material works best? I'd like to minimize the glare and
    improve the look. Black black suede? DARK grey vinyl?

    Any suggestions, caveats, hard-learned warnings, etc would be greatly
    appreciated.

    Best,

    Mike Hagans
    '68 Super3 (A23-24)
    Based @ 5C1 - Boerne, Texas


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