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Un-warping a Mondial Console Switch Cover

Discussion in 'Mondial' started by FF8929, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. FF8929

    FF8929 Formula Junior

    Apr 12, 2008
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    #1 FF8929, Feb 17, 2009
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    I’m assuming that you know how to remove the cover assy. If not, there are threads on how to do it. Or, upon request, I’ll go through the process I used.

    Carefully remove the cover top film (decal) from the black sub-cover. I used 3M Adhesive Remover p/n 08984. The remover is flammable and requires plenty of ventilation. (I shouldn’t have to insult your intelligence with this advisory, but some people are “just not fully baked”) Be very careful with the decal, as it will be brittle from age. The remover will NOT harm the decal or sub-cover BUT, be sparing with it on the top graphics.

    Cut and insert balsa spacers to fit snugly into the black sub-cover switch holes and the ashtray opening. Also insert spacers into the holes where the clear plastic pieces fit. Also, leave the metal washer in the lighter hole. This is to stabilize the holes in case they might try to distort from the heat. Be sure that the balsa pieces are not proud of the sub-plate top edges, as that would prevent the full weight of the granite from bearing upon the plastic sub-plate. A total of 15 holes were plugged for my 83 Mondial Cab. (See pix)

    Sandwich the black sub-plate between the shiny sides of two granite slabs. My top slab weighed 18.5 pounds. If you are concerned that the warped pieces may crack, from the top weight, pre-heat them first. I obtained my slabs, as scraps, from a granite counter top company. (See pix)

    Use the same process, with wood spacers, for the clear parts. (See pix)

    Bake the “sandwich” at 250 deg F, for 1-1/2 hrs. I used an electric oven, and verified the temp with a good oven thermometer. Note to wives: There was no odor or damage to the oven. (I also used the same oven to bake, at 200 deg F, wrinkle paint, with little odor and no damage) Remove from oven. Leave between the slabs, to cool at room temp, for 3 hrs. Remove the top slab and the sub-cover should be, un-warped!

    Oh yeah, "Your mileage may vary" (But I don't think so)
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  3. FF8929

    FF8929 Formula Junior

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    I forgot to give credit to "AML"s sacrificial experiment that let me know that 350 deg. F was way too hot.
     
  4. Cadillacbart

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    #3 Cadillacbart, May 19, 2015
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    Thanks to FF8929 for this post. I successfully un-warped my panel this weekend, and am preparing for re-assembly.

    For those who have successfully re-glued the top plastic graphic piece, what adhesive to you recommend?
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  5. ronfrohock

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    I would use 3M Super 77.
     
  6. afterburner

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    GREAT post, thanks a lot!
    But how do you stop it from warping again?
     
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  8. Cadillacbart

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    Not sure- But I'll be keeping it out of hours of direct sunlight when possible.
     
  9. Cadillacbart

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    #7 Cadillacbart, May 21, 2015
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    All back together. I ended up using 3M Super 90 spray adhesive. It's labeled as heavy duty so I hope it holds up. I am happy with the result.
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  10. floridadoorman

    floridadoorman Formula Junior

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    I use this adhesive in some of our manufacturing processes and works extremely well.....it should be fine....
     
  11. sipes216

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    fabricate it out of metal.

    seriously though, you won't. plastic will just do it's own thing over time.
     
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  13. Alden

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    I have "searched" as many ways as I could think of for the procedure to remove the console cover assembly, but I cannot find it.

    Can you please post the detailed instructions?
    Alden
     
  14. Cadillacbart

    Cadillacbart Formula Junior

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    Alden,

    If I remember correctly, I removed the screws under each ashtray, and the screws inside the cassette box. Then I removed the shifter gate and shift knob. After that the panel should be free, but be careful pulling up as you then have to remove the small clips on the backside that hold the fiber optic lights to the panel. You'll also need to remove the cigarette lighter- mine was and aftermarket version that simply unscrews from the bottom.
     

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