After considering all your suggestions, i decided to wimp-out and use paint and stain; i figure i can recover from that if i screw-up to bad.
Did the face with stain and 3 coats of polyurethane, came out pretty close to the faux wood on the dash - well, at least close enough for me!
Next come the sides with a texture paint that closely match the leather on the seats. More to come..
I got to remember to remove that zoom lens next time i take picture