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This is a discussion on cracked within the Showcar and Detailing forums, part of the General Help category; so got in my car after work the other day and the upper instrument panel (the plastic piece from the ...

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    so got in my car after work the other day and the upper instrument panel (the plastic piece from the dash pad to the windshield with the defrost hole in it)had about an 18 inch crack. got a new one ordered but what can i use on the new one to keep it from happening again or is it inevitable?

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    Don't put anything on it, other than using a dry rag to wipe the dust off of it occasionally. I recall a conversation with Scott Settlemire (the 'father' of the 4th-gen F-body) about ten years ago that the crash pad (the technical name for it) had been designed not to have anything put on it, like Armor All and so forth. It dries the plastic out and causes it to eventually crack, especially in heat or direct sunlight. If you're really worried about it, find a suitable dash mat to cover it with.
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    I used black magic on my 01 Camaros' whole interior never had issue.

    Black magic also makes a protectant I use on my H3.

    Good stuff imho.

    I'm sure some will mention some holier than thou mothers, or maguires garbage but I never let that sh*t even touch my cars.

    Over rated crap.

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    I don't use any silicone based "cleaners" or "protectants" on the inside of my car. They are all garbage, they just make everything greasy, attract dust & dirt, and can even damage plastic or vinyl.

    I've tried a lot of products, and the only one I've been satisfied with is Turtle Wax Ice Interior Detailer. It cleans and protects plastic, vinyl, and leather surfaces without leaving ANY greasy mess. If you are looking for a glossy dash its not for you, but for excellent protection and cleaning, its the best out there IMO.

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    Never had any of the stated above issues as I don't cake the shit on there. 20+ years of use..

    Turtle wax = garbage..imho

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    I'm with Smittro on this one, I don't like anything from Turtle Wax or Armor All. I use Pearl Gloss from Detail King and its perfect. Just the right amount of shine to make it look clean but not so much that it looks like a greasy mess. I have been putting it on my dash for 7+ years and never had a problem.

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    Use something that has UV blockers and you'll be good.

    Get a windshield reflector too.
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    Windshield shade when parking it in the sun.

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    Only product which touches the interior of my car is water. Whatever car i detail i use steam to clean. I like my interiors natural and not all fake looking.

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    Prima Nero - no silicon, uv protection, matte finish, smells fkin awesome but not overpowering.

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    thanks guys

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    Mine did the same thing, i would recommend a windshield reflector as well. The direct suns dries that plastic right out and its only a matter of time before it happens again.

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