Range Rover 4.4 Benevento Exotic Wood Dash Kit Installation(Part # 9476FBNVC/9476FBNVB/9476FBNVD)
Guidelines For A Smooth
Test! Test! Test!
It is very important that all
prior cosmetic enhancement products (Armorall®, etc) have been
cleaned off the surface where the kit pieces will go. If you attempt
to install the Benevento Exotic Wood Dash Kits on a surface that has
not been cleaned properly, it will not stick for very long, if at all.
(Test the surface with a piece of scotch tape or masking tape for good
*If you ignore this step you will transfer the oil or silicones to the adhesive, which will drastically reduce its holding power. The adhesive, when contaminated this way, ruins the kit part and voids the warranty.
Benevento kits use 3M™ 4229 adhesive material - an industry standard
for automotive interior trim. Any adhesion problems are almost always
due to poor prep and cleaning of vehicle surfaces (as surfaces must be
entirely free of grease, skin oils, dust, dirt, cleansers and interior
treatments like Armor All or other surface conditioners.) You can
visit 3M’s website for tips and pointers at www.3mautomotivetape.com.
Rule: Install Benevento Exotic Wood Dash Kits when temperatures
are between 75 and 95 degrees F. Pieces in the kits should be pliable
and easy to work with. The vehicle should be the same temperature. For
very curved sections, warm the wood about 10 degrees more or just
until pliable enough to conform to the right shape.
*Note: If a piece is too cold, it may crack during installation. If it is too hot, the wood will elongate and stretch possible causing it to crack after a couple of weeks. This type of failure is due to improper installation procedures.
Preparation: Supplied with the dash kit is an adhesive promoter
for difficult curved sections. Also supplied are packets of alcohol
wipes. These are to be used on factory
fresh cars only. They are not meant to be used to prepare the
surface of a car’s dash if it has been treated with Armorall® or
other similar products. Be sure to read Test! Test! Test!
Dry: Dry fit all parts first, especially bigger pieces that are
hard to handle and position. Use masking tape to temporarily secure
the pieces then carefully trim the tape between the wood and dash
surface. The piece of tape will serve as a helpful guide to line up
the piece during installation. If for any reason you need to
reposition a piece, lift it VERY GENTLY. Do not pull aggressively.
With steady upward pressure the tape may slowly release its grip, but
if too much time has gone by, it will become more difficult.
Clean the finish only with a soft cloth like a baby diaper. The soft
cotton weave won’t scratch like a man made fiber. Dampen with water
Maintenance: Do not use products such as Armorall® or Nu-Vinyl® on Benevento kits. We use the strongest adhesive available, but if these products come in contact with the edges of the adhesive tape, and is left there, bonding may eventually fail. Windex® or other similar cleaners work great. Apply the cleaner to a soft cloth first, then gently wipe the area to be cleaned.