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    Dash faded after cleaning

    I cleaned the car last week and put it up until the weekend. I pulled it out Friday and Saturday in the sunlight I noticed the dash looked funny. It had a greyish tint. I cleaned it with Black Magic Pro Shine Protectant. It says on the bottle for vinyls, leather, rubber and plastics. I wont use it ever again, but...how can I get my dash back to it's natural color. I grabbed a bottle of Armor-All and re cleaned the dash. It looked to mostly come out but there were a few places that stayed discolored. I have a feeling the entire dash will be just like it was as the Armor-All drys. Ideas?

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    I think it is Mothers that has a "Back to Black" (or something named close to that) product that I have applied on exterior trim pieces. Not sure about using it on a dash though.

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    My guess is that you probably have a case of product contamination.
    Perhaps the product reacted to something already on the dash.
    To be safe, or to know better next time, try to get water-based products instead of silicone.

    You could dilute a little bit of Woolite on a small spray bottle maybe a tablespoon and some microfiber towels to clean.
    Get a tub or bowl with hot water to rinse and wring your towel. Use the warm/hot towel to wipe down the surface after you've worked the Woolite mix in

    If possible, do this with a boar hair brush

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    I'll be trying the woolite thing I guess. Any recommendations on the mixture? I tablespoon to how much water or what size spray bottle?

    I'll remember to check for water based stuff from now on. I knew to check for it being vinyl safe but man...I never thought anything else.

    Thanks for the help.

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    Goose to the rescue! You've only layered products on top of dirt, not actually cleaned anything. I'm not familiar enough with woolite but basically you're just making a gentle soap and water mixture so that you can complete remove the layers of crap. You could use dawn and a scrubbing brush. Just dont' be afraid to make the dash sudsy and wet. have a wiping towel handy to remove everything.
    Last edited by third_shift|studios; 11-08-2010 at 07:14 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IH8EVRY1 View Post
    I'll be trying the woolite thing I guess. Any recommendations on the mixture? I tablespoon to how much water or what size spray bottle?

    I'll remember to check for water based stuff from now on. I knew to check for it being vinyl safe but man...I never thought anything else.

    Thanks for the help.
    About a tsp per 32oz.
    you can play it by feel. Start with a little bit. Ad more until you get the results you want.
    Woolite is not going to damage anything, you just don't want to make too much "soapy water"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z06-Goose View Post
    My guess is that you probably have a case of product contamination.
    Perhaps the product reacted to something already on the dash.
    To be safe, or to know better next time, try to get water-based products instead of silicone.
    I have heard mixing products can be bad as well.

    I also have heard negative things about Armorall, so I have never used it on TA, and I haven't heard anyone recommend their products too often either.

    I agree with goose and TSS, especially when switching products, you should try and remove an existing product left over. Every time I purchase a vehicle (used of course) I get the dash nice and clean before any of the detail product goes on and I stick to that product for a while.

    I used this recently and am extremely happy with the results. Both in the TA and the Jeep (Jeep sees much more sun abuse than the TA).

    I actually noticed a huge difference from this product compared to most of the other basic products available at the chain stores.


    I also, being an amateur at detailing, stick to Meguiar's for all of my interior needs for all of my vehicles.

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    our dashes are not supposed to sprayed with anything that shines it is made with anti glare in mind.Just a little soap and water thats all.

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    I use Mothers Back to Black on all of my exterior plastic and rubber (engine bay). The interior only gets Zaino.

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