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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; Originally Posted by tatertot91 I have had 4 fbodies and went through more dash pads than i would like. Always ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    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
    Either I'm just lucky or I'm doing something right
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    Us this if you go the protectant route. Leaves a nice "like new" matte finish. Not at all greasy and doesn't attract dust. It won't work miracles though so a sunshade is a must - like others have said.

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    Well I plan on my garage being my ultimate ally this time around. I'm not taking the car to work to keep the miles and dirt off of it. So, it should be out of the sun most of the time. I will definitely be taking everyone's advice on the days it's outside though.

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    Tinted windows will also help keep the inside cooler and may help prolong the plastic parts.

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    Totally agree... except that almost anything other than factory tint is illegal in our state.

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    My windows are tinted pretty dark so I'm all set there.

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    I've always had dark windows...just something I prefer to have. My truck is 5% and my car is 10% because it's black which makes them look even darker for some reason.

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    I always used ArmorAll on the dashs of my other Firebirds ('74, '79, '86 and '91) so I automaticly used it on my '02. So now I found out ArmorAll is harmful to the plastic.
    So the question I have is, how do I remove the ArmorAll I applied so I can apply the correct UV protectant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 024mula View Post
    I always used ArmorAll on the dashs of my other Firebirds ('74, '79, '86 and '91) so I automaticly used it on my '02. So now I found out ArmorAll is harmful to the plastic.
    So the question I have is, how do I remove the ArmorAll I applied so I can apply the correct UV protectant?
    I wouldn't worry about removing. I would just start using the UV protection. If you really wanted to, you could wipe everything down with a damp towel and then dry it, but I wouldn't use anything other than that personally.

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    ^^ This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theorangeguy View Post
    I wouldn't worry about removing. I would just start using the UV protection. If you really wanted to, you could wipe everything down with a damp towel and then dry it, but I wouldn't use anything other than that personally.

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    Bought a new dash last year and they are up to 400 now. I'll deal with a lethal interiors dash mat to save it from cracking all over again. Plus with the custom emblem on it it is slightly more appealing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dschribs View Post
    Us this if you go the protectant route. Leaves a nice "like new" matte finish. Not at all greasy and doesn't attract dust. It won't work miracles though so a sunshade is a must - like others have said.

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    Probably the number one used product among quality detailers. Has a great reputation on most detailing forums and is used in multiple industries.

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    I moved to Phoenix in Sept 2003 and lived there until I moved to San Diego in June 2012. I had (still have) a Dashmat on the 02 and I kept the sun shades in the T-tops all the time (even though the T-tops are tinted leaving the shades in kept it cooler to me).

    End result is the dash still looks new and the rest of the interior is showing just normal wear and tear for a 62,xxx mile car (which is to say not much except some minor cracks in the drivers side leather seat).
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    Quote Originally Posted by zr1chris View Post
    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.
    Some products to keep the dash board protected is good, try ware based products.
    Don't over do it less is more.
    The most important thing here, though...is common sense and take the right steps tp protect your dash board:
    -Tinted windws keep UV Rays away, This is a must
    -Windshield heat reflector sunshades
    -Be aware where you park. Pick good shaded spots
    -Dash mats are a necessary evil. A cracked dashboard sucks!
    and like it was already mentioned, you can always remove it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    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
    I've never been a fan of putting anything on dashboards, unless I see it can use a little revive, or refresh. I just keep them clean, I use a damped towel and that's it in most cases.
    I rather use products that are designed to clean as opposed to "condition"
    The majority of cleaners will leave a thin coat of protection.
    My favorite is the 1Z Einszett Cockpit Premium Interior Plastic Cleaner and/or 1Z Einszett Plastic Vinyl Deep Cleaner.
    Those are by far the best products for those who want it easy and fast.
    No high, or shiny spots to worry about.
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