In the interest of full disclosure my only “expertise” on upholstery repair is watching television shows of custom car builds.If it doesn't get a lot worse, they couldn't find a better solution to repair it than to replace the entire dash?
I just had my dash replaced. It took a week which included bolt tightening and timing belt. Turned out great and it was the dealers first replacement. They said the instructions were easy to follow from Alfa. Also, said it was complicated.In the interest of full disclosure my only “expertise” on upholstery repair is watching television shows of custom car builds.
However, I’ve watched enough to know that when covering (or recovering) a dash with leather best custom builders ALWAYS outsource that work to a local upholstery shop because the tools and techniques required to do it properly are so specialized.
On dashes they brush on an adhesive and then use small irons and steam to reactivate it and stretch the leather to match the contours. I doubt it’s a coincidence that our dashes tend to delimitate in places where the leather was stretched the most.
After seeing photos of what the dash board replacement entails that would be my last option due to losing the car for weeks all the things that could go wrong - particularly if it was someone’s first attempt to do one.
But I would of course register the problem with my dealership and Alfa Cares as you intend to do.
Alfa Cares has been good with others whose factory PPF has yellowed. And since PPF removal and replacement is not something dealerships do in-house they’ve cut checks to owners allowing them to take their car elsewhere to have it corrected a third party specialist of their choice.
My concern is that many of the dashboard replacements for minor delaminations could have perhaps been averted in less than an hour by an expert upholsterer using heat to reactivate the adhesive underneath and some steam re-stretch the leather - particularly in a case like yours where the delamination’s just starting.
If so, that would be a huge win for both the owner and Alfa.
Finally, there’s also the matter that even after going through all the hassle of a dashboard replacement there’s no guarantee you won’t experience the same problem with the new dash a few years down the road when the car’s out warranty.
Please keep us posted and good luck!
Not something I would try as it could cause more problems or even damage. If it's damaged by you the warranty might not cover it. The dash is not replaced in pieces, rather one complete unit.From i have read you might be able to heat up the adhesive with a heat gun or hair dryer and it may adhere again. You would not have to replace the entire piece.
I just dropped it off this morning, the manager took a peak at it while I was there and he didn't say much, but i will update you when i hear something.Tex, let us know what the dealership says about the dashboard.
I understand your concern about opening a can of worms with the dashboard replacement. I wish we could have a third party to fix this issue at a reasonable price. That way I won't want Alfa dealership to replace the whole dashboardI just dropped it off this morning, the manager took a peak at it while I was there and he didn't say much, but i will update you when i hear something.
My concern is mine looks really similar to yours. By them pulling the dash out are they going to make more problems than what its worth to replace it.
Just got a call back from the dealer. He said they would replace my dash which looks just like the pictures above.I understand your concern about opening a can of worms with the dashboard replacement. I wish we could have a third party to fix this issue at a reasonable price. That way I won't want Alfa dealership to replace the whole dashboard