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This is a discussion on How do I keep my dash from cracking? within the Showcar and Detailing forums, part of the General Help category; I've now owned 3 cars since moving to Florida. (Bought the 3rd 2 days ago). On the first 2 the ...

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    How do I keep my dash from cracking?

    I've now owned 3 cars since moving to Florida. (Bought the 3rd 2 days ago). On the first 2 the dashes started to Crack after just a few months. I never had that problem up north so I'm assuming it's from the hot Florida sun. For the 1st time since being here my car will be kept in the garage but I would still like to know what else I can do for those days it's out in the sun all day.

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    Anytime the car is sitting outside put a sun shade in the windshield and use something with a UV protectant like Meguiars Natural Shine with UV protectant. Its like sun screen for your dash and works great. Stay away from armor all products...they seem to make it worse in my experience. I lived in Tampa and Jacksonville and I never had one crack down there and my cars were outside most of the time unless I had them in the garage working on them.
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    Not a fan of them, but they make the carpet style dash top protectors. Southern sun is hell on cars. I have also seen pics of vinyl overlays that members have custom fabbed for their cars that really didn't look that bad.

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    Not a fan of the carpet dash either. I rather hate it in fact.

    I will definitely be looking for something with UV protection. Hopefully my local Autozone will have that Meguias Natural Shine.
    Thanks guys!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zr1chris View Post
    Not a fan of the carpet dash either. I rather hate it in fact.

    I will definitely be looking for something with UV protection. Hopefully my local Autozone wI'll have that Meguias Natural Shine.
    Thanks guys!!
    local stores carry Meguiars products so you should be good to go.
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    I've had a dash carpet for a long time now, the woman I got mine from does superb work. Lethal Interiors.



    I'm wondering if I should attempt to plastic weld mine back together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    I've had a dash carpet for a long time now, the woman I got mine from does superb work. Lethal Interiors.



    I'm wondering if I should attempt to plastic weld mine back together.
    Sounds like allot of tedious work, depending how bad it is. Good luck with that.

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    Not really...It's a lot simpler than it looks.


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    Arizona here, probably the most intense sunshine and heat to go along with it. No cracked dash issues here.

    Start using a window shade when you park the car outside. Protects the dash and keeps the car cooler inside. Also a fan of the dash mats. Very nicely made and molded to fit and conform, and keeps the UV rays at bay. Go to a car show? Pull it out, very easy. They only run $30 to $40 and that sure beats the hell out of paying Just Dashes $700 to fix an original dash.

    Using either of these 2 methods (I recommend both) will keep you from spending alot of money later. If people don't like it, they can buy the next dash for me

    Actually these 2 items around here are pretty much normal affair in every car you see in a parking lot.

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    not to mention it keeps the car temps down so you don't burn your ass on hot days. So glad I still have the t top shades.

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    I never use the T-top shades. Wife likes them out so I leave them out. I find the factory glass tint so dark that the UV rays really don't seem to be an issue.

    I say that because...(Interesting tid bit), I can drive that car around all day long in the sun and the top of my head never gets sunburnt

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    How do I keep my dash from cracking?

    not here....gets F'ing hot...
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    You sure that's not humidity you're feeling?

    Low 100's here in the summer (at 5,000 feet) are the norm but doesn't make too much difference inside the car (to me) when the dew points are single digits and 20% humidity.

    Phoenix is a bit warmer, 110-120 during the hottest part of the year, still no sun shades in the T-tops. Turn the AC on and it's fine.

    My sons little 89 5.0 has a sunroof. No shades for those. I do notice the factory tint isn't nearly as dark as the camaro, and it actually does start to cook the top of my head if I drive that around without a hat on. Big difference between the two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebirdjones View Post
    You sure that's not humidity you're feeling?

    Low 100's here in the summer (at 5,000 feet) are the norm but doesn't make too much difference inside the car (to me) when the dew points are single digits and 20% humidity.

    Phoenix is a bit warmer, 110-120 during the hottest part of the year, still no sun shades in the T-tops. Turn the AC on and it's fine.

    My sons little 89 5.0 has a sunroof. No shades for those. I do notice the factory tint isn't nearly as dark as the camaro, and it actually does start to cook the top of my head if I drive that around without a hat on. Big difference between the two.
    Humidity makes a huge difference...HUGE.

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    Yup walking around areas like Phoenix and Vegas have never bothered me when I'm out that way. 20 mins walking around north carolina on hot humid day and I just want to go inside and never leave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theorangeguy View Post
    Anytime the car is sitting outside put a sun shade in the windshield and use something with a UV protectant like Meguiars Natural Shine with UV protectant. Its like sun screen for your dash and works great. Stay away from armor all products...they seem to make it worse in my experience. I lived in Tampa and Jacksonville and I never had one crack down there and my cars were outside most of the time unless I had them in the garage working on them.

    I'm in Southern California and I use a dash protectant on all my cars. Meguiar's is my go to brand. I would definitely invest in Meguiar's Natural Shine. I would recommend you clean the dash prior to applying so the surface takes it better. A microfiber towel with warm water works fine. Let it dry and apply Natural Shine with either a foam applicator or a microfiber applicator.

    Since I detail on the side I keep my interior very clean so I do the following. I use Meguiar's Quik Interior Detailer as it has a built in light cleaner in it to remove light dust and dirt. You can stop there as it leaves UV protection behind. I then follow up with one of the Meguiar's protectants on a foam applicator. Let that absorb into the dash for about 5-10 minutes. Apply more if the dash is dry. Then follow up with a microfiber towel and a light buff to remove any excess product and knock down the shine a bit so you won't get as much glare.

    I wrote this review on Meguiar's Natural Shine. I used my 99 Pontiac Grand Prix which has the same material as the Trans Am/Camaro. This should last you about a month.

    Natural Shine Review with Photos

    I also wrote this review on their latest protectant which is new for 2015 (New Car Scent Protectant).

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    I have had 4 fbodies and went through more dash pads than i would like. Always use a sun shade and have used UV protectant on them and have never had luck keeping one nice. I run a carpet over mine now

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    Thanks for all the feedback guys!

    Well I bought the Meguiars Natural Shine today. Also, my girlfriend had bought me a turtle wax "ice" gift set for xmas and I noticed that the interior cleaner it came with says it protects from UVA and UVB rays. Might give that a try as well.

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    I've used ice products for the outside of the car but never the inside.

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    Like FBJ mentioned, use of a window shade would be damn near mandatory if I lived in a southern state. Years ago, I had a simple window shade that consisted of fabric stretched over two round wire frames. Upon removal, a simple figure-8 twist instantly collapsed it for storage. Much smaller and easier to use than an accordion style shade.

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