Mike,

On one of my planes, I think it was the sport, years
ago, I glued a piece of textured black naugahyde
upholstery material on the glare shield, using
upholtery contact cement, and a heat gun, (just for a
warmer) to fit. It had a softness to it, but not much
thickness.
Everyone thought it looked great.

Dan Kirby
Sierra N9299S
--- Mark Perry <mperry07@comcast.net> wrote:

> 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)
>
>
>
>
>
> _____
>
> From: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com
> [mailto:musketeermail@yahoogroups.com]
> On Behalf Of Mike Hagans
> Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2006 1:07 PM
> To: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com;
> bac-mail@beechaeroclub.org
> Subject: [musketeermail] 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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