My dash pad was cracking and I stripped off the outer plastic coating and put fabric over it. After about 2 years I got tired of it and fiberglassed my pad.
No before pics and but here's after.
All I did was stretch a polyester fabric over it, painted/dabbed Bondo fiberglass resin on it. Let it cure and did basic body work to it. Went to home Depot and got the textured paint. My fiberglass dash pod was made similar.