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When I took delivery of my new i10 Active last September, after I got home, I noticed a small mark on top of the instrument binnacle (about the size of a 10 pence piece). It looked as though a sign had been glued to it, perhaps advertising the car on the dealer's forecourt.

Unfortunately, although I have tried nothing stronger than plastic friendly isopropyl alcohol, the mark will not come off. If anything, rubbing it has made it rather worse. Although purely cosmetic, being in such a prominent position, what can be done? Does the binnacle top detach easily from the main dash, or would an "invisible" repair work? I have not yet mentioned it to the dealer, as the first service is not due for ages, and the problem does not really justify a forty mile round trip!

Maybe I'm making a mountain out of a molehill, but it keeps catching my eye every time I drive the car. I only wish I'd noticed it before I left the forecourt.
 

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Maybe I'm making a mountain out of a molehill, but it keeps catching my eye every time I drive the car.
I do not think this is a mountain from a molehill scenario. Not in the slightest. You bought a new car, and a new car it should be. In appearance and performance.

I would call your dealer and inquire about the spot. Let him know you would like to have the issue addressed but since they are 40 miles away, you'd prefer not to waste the fuel and elect to wait until you bring it in for your first service appointment. He may offer an idea over the phone that will help. Regardless, it will be noted on the car's service record. And you'll feel better.
 

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Goo Gone here in the states is a citrus oil based cleaner. Takes most glues off and is not harmful to plastic. Smells good too. In fact you can just try the orange side of an orange peel.
 

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Many thanks for your replies. Unfortunately, the grain of the plastic appears to have melted slightly under the glue, and my mild rubbing has given the area a shiny outline, so nothing is going to restore it without specialist repair. I cannot imagine any dealer using solvent based glue to mount a sign on the dashboard of any car, let alone a brand new one, but there you are.

I'll contact them about it as soon as possible.
 

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In fact you can just try the orange side of an orange peel.
Seriously? Just as it comes straight off the orange? No need to dip in water, or anything? Incredible.

I have used orange-based cleaners for stubborn stuff in the past. But it never dawned on me to "cut out the middle man" and proceed straight to the source.
 
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