Woodwork & wooden interior trim Restoration

Many wooden interiors have deteriorated to the point that the finish has perished and needs repairing. The process begins with the removal of the old finish. Many dashboards have a cross-banding edge and often over time pieces become loose or damaged. These will either be repaired or replaced.

Sometimes the veneer is 'blown' in the middle (as above). This can often be solved by my restoration processes allowing the original veneer to be saved thereby keeping its original authenticity. Alternatively, if the veneer is too damaged or rotten, the entire veneer can be replaced matching the grain as best as possible.

The rich warm honey colour that is often associated with well restored classic cars is best achieved with French polishing.

At Classic Dashboards I mainly use traditional methods such as French polishing. The woodwork is hand finished using French polish and wax to bring out the colour and characteristic of the woodgrain. Depending on your car and your tastes various finishes can be achieved.

Alternatively, a lacquered finish can be applied to your dashboards and wood trim. I use an ecological waterbased lacquer that is natural looking and not to 'plasticky' looking.

Featured here is a selection of some of the new veneers available for your dashboard in their original state prior to staining and French polishing.


Here are photos of a simple reveneering restoration of a TR6 dashboard for an old Triumph.

Many styles of veneer are available for your dashboards. Here are a few examples of the different patterns amd grains available. These photos are of the the veneer in its' original state and therefore is grey in colour and the grain (pattern) seems very flat.

Rest assured that this will all change as the restoration progresses.

Burr Walnut Veneer


Figured Walnut Veneer


Fiddleback Mahogany Veneer


South African Mahogany


Two other examples of different Burr Walnut Veneer