I haven't done anything to the cockpit area of the bus and it looks ugly. So I spent today building a new dash-top. When it's sanded smooth, I will stain it the same color as my other cabinets and then seal it with a nice varnish. The lower portion of the front area will be painted with a hammered finish, but haven't quite decided on what color yet. The current black really doesn't go with the rest of the bus.