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When I use a duster it leaves lint or when you use a microfiber towel it leaves marks. Does anybody know a good way to clean it without leaving residue or marks? I've never had a rubberized dash like this. Thanks.
 

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i have one of those orange sham wow type towels to dry the car with. when thats wet and wrung out good (so its just damp) it cleans the dash and doesnt leave any marks. paper towels and pretty much anything else gets all snagged in the texture and leaves residual. these things are cheap enough.
 

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Although I despise Armorall I took some Armorall and rubbed on the dash then rubbed it off real good. Left the dash looking very good to me. That is all I ever put Armorall on and very very light.
 

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I use 303 Aerospace Protectant with a high grade microfiber cloth... works great!
 

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post 3 and 5 are very good ways of doing it

on the other hand, I my self hate having my dash super glossy.

the perfect balance I found is this http://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-G10916-Clas...y/dp/B0002V9IFU

I actually use this on everything minus the steering wheel, stero and the shifter. its semi gloss, on the hard plastics just buff off for a clean look.

its really good for doing the leather seats real quick but i actually am a big fan of LEXOL cleaner & conditioner for the seating surface.
 

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QUOTE (OMEGA_WEAPON @ Aug 31 2010, 10:51 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=353257


I use the 2 step process. Once with the cleaning wipes to clean it down and then I use the protectant wipes to make it shine.
Does this make the dash shiny? Does dust stick to it?
 

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Be careful of using Armor All products because of its use of silicone. You dont want silicone on your dash. For sure use 303 (I have not used Mequires) as its water based.

I did the tops of my door panels which seems to be the same material with 303 and a cotton towel/washcloth and it didn't streak or leave marks. Maybe I have to look closer at the materials.

That also reminds me I need more 303...LOL!
 

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QUOTE (Bearcats @ Aug 31 2010, 10:04 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=353260
Be careful of using Armor All products because of its use of silicone. You dont want silicone on your dash. For sure use 303 (I have not used Mequires) as its water based.

I did the tops of my door panels which seems to be the same material with 303 and a cotton towel/washcloth and it didn't streak or leave marks. Maybe I have to look closer at the materials.

That also reminds me I need more 303...LOL!
What's the problem with silicone on your dash? If you use the tire shine you're basically doing the same thing. And yes it does leave it shiny. No problems here.
 

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QUOTE (OMEGA_WEAPON @ Aug 31 2010, 11:45 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=353271
What's the problem with silicone on your dash? If you use the tire shine you're basically doing the same thing. And yes it does leave it shiny. No problems here.
Think sunlight and silicone. What does it do? It magnifies. You are putting protectant on to protect your dash, not speed up its destruction. Also why do you think your tires turn brown if you don't constantly apply Armor all?

I put 303 to protect my dash. I would rather it not be glossy at all, but sometimes those are the breaks.
 

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QUOTE (Bearcats @ Aug 31 2010, 01:10 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=353291
Think sunlight and silicone. What does it do? It magnifies. You are putting protectant on to protect your dash, not speed up its destruction. Also why do you think your tires turn brown if you don't constantly apply Armor all?

I put 303 to protect my dash. I would rather it not be glossy at all, but sometimes those are the breaks.

Hey - I never knew that about the brown tire thing...THANK YOU. I was wondering why mine had that tinge.
Whats the best thing to use on tires? Thank You :thumbsup:
 

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It may have been in the 303 Aerospace Protectant site that I read that virtually all "Leather" interiors Now are Leather covered by a top Thin layer of Vinyl.
So..oo, it's worth clarifying just what we want to buy to get the Max results.

It seems the highly regarded 303 Protectant is mostly for UV Damage Control; Then, is a Leather Conditioner going to Add the Same Cracking Protection for the Vinyl top layer as Product labels imply they do for a "Pure" Leather area, and is the logical protocol (1) apply a leather-vinyl conditioner and THEN (2) the 303 for Added UV/Cracking Protection.

The 303 UV Protection results picture with the (marine) life vest was impressive, and it makes me wonder if just ONE Product is enough for the dash area that gets the greater sun. Any thoughts?
 

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Many detailers no longer "dress" dashboards for some of the reasons stated here. Clean with diluted all purpose cleaner such as super green or purple power. Use a foam applicator, not a microfiber towel. Make sure the applicator is fully saturated with product (but not dripping) so it doesn't streak. If you don't get it clean first, you're begging for streaks and spots.

If you use a dressing, apply the same way. These are some of the recommended dressings - it's personal preference: Aero 303, Meguairs Quick Interior Detailer or Meguairs #40, Poor Boys Natural Look Dressing, 1Z Cockpit Premium or 1Z Tiefenpfleger, and what I use, Optimum Protector.

(303 is probably the best UV protector you can buy, but the smell is not the greatest - I use it a lot on the exterior)

My opinion is you don't want shine on a dash, because of the glare issue (which is already an issue on these cars due to the slope in the windshield).
 

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QUOTE (eyecue @ Aug 31 2010, 09:41 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=353255
Has anybody actually tried this? This rubber dash does NOT like microfiber. I used it once (dry) and it left marks all over the dash for weeks (didn't bother cleaning). I don't know how it works wet, but i'm afraid of using microfiber on rubber now.


Are you sure your not using a "linty" microfiber towel or something? Personally I use a multi-surface interior product that Windex makes and a microfiber towel. No marks, no streaks. I then follow up with an Armor All anti glare UV protrectant.


I spray the towel damp then wipe.
 
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