360 Dash Stretch

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  1. sherrillt

    sherrillt Formula Junior
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    I have some minor dash shrinkage on my 360 dash and was looking for recommendation of a shop in Northern Virginia that could possibly do a restretch job.
     
  2. dsd

    dsd F1 Rookie
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    I used Lim's for work on my XKR. They have a Chantilly and Tysons location. Very happy with the results and decent prices.
     
  3. sherrillt

    sherrillt Formula Junior
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    Oddly the guys at Lim's (both locations) claim it cannot be done?!? From what i recall it's a common fix.

    Are they just trying to sell me a recover?
     
  4. BillP00

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    Lim's would have been my first recommendation as well. You may want to give Metro Leather a call. They do leather repair work on Ferrari's & Lamborghini's. http://www.metroleather.com or give them a call at 703-450-6566.

    Bill P.
     
  5. toggie

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    I suspect you may need a recover rather than a restretching of the leather.

    The shrinkage is typical of leather on 360, 430, and 550 dashes. Probably a lot of other models too.
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  6. sherrillt

    sherrillt Formula Junior
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    Thanks Bill - I left them a message.

    Ron, Yes I have seen the issue actually on many cars not just late Ferrrai's - it was common 348/355's, Porsches, Astons, my Fisker had it on the passenger airbag cover (replaced under warrnaty), and several different brands of cars in hotter climates report dash issues so shinkage and fixing it is nothing new.

    In my case, I doubt I need a full recover is needed (pure speculation) as it's only some bubbling/shrinkage around the sensor that sits in the center of the pad. There is no actual end separation or visible extremes of staples popped. Over the years I have glanced at posts/comments on various forums/sites regarding getting a dash restretched, but never paid much attention since it wasn't something I was dealing with and assumed restretch was a common solution.

    No that it is my issue I am puzzled that a claimed reputable shop is saying retretching leather isn't even possible.
     
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  8. chris_columbia

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    I had this same issue on my 456 dash. No one wants to re-stretch, because it takes a lot of effort to attempt and may not work. From the shop's perspective, it's a big risk of the customer not being satisfied and shop not getting paid. Old leather is not ductile at all, so it isn't likely to stretch. The leather that came of the 456 dash was very dry and not stretchable at all.
     
  9. Alxlee

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    I had shrinkage on my 360 dash as well and there was no re-stretching option presented to me. (At a shop recommended by Algar Ferrari up in PA called Futureline). I opted to have it recovered in alcantera instead of leather though, as alcantera does not shrink.
     

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