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Old 08-12-2014, 10:53 PM   #1
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Dash Cover -- Good Idea or Bad Aesthetic?

Hey guys, I bought a 2004 Focus SE 2.3L Duratec DOHC a little over two months ago. The interior is in excellent condition and the car runs great.

I've been thinking of buying a dashboard cover to preserve the the dash and avoid any sun induced cracks or general drying/wear down that occurs after years of sun exposure.

The problem is.. I kind of enjoy seeing the dash and I'm worried a dash cover may take away from the nice interior look.

What do you guys think? Anyone have a photo of their car with a dash cover on it?

I'd just like to see what the general school(s) of thought is on this.


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They're OK where the Sun is really bad on it, and your car has to sit out in the Sun all the time. Cousin in AZ always uses one for example.
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:42 PM   #3
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I grew up in the desert, so I'm use to seeing nearly every car have one. Now I live just a few miles from the ocean and monday-friday my car barely sees the sun.

I bought a decent reflective sun shade/sun screen for the front windshield but that doesn't mean I always remember to put it up...

The main problem for me is, once the dash cover goes on I doubt it will ever come off. Also, I'm worried the velcro adhesion will melt over time and end up sliding around on the dash making things all messed up.

I'm already seeing a decent case against buying the dash cover
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:56 PM   #4
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I would lean towards a sunshade you put up when parked, mixed with a good quality interior trim UV protectant (which doesn't have to be a shiny dressing) and all should be good.
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If you mount your tweeters mounted in the "A" pillars or any driver mounted in that general area, a dash mat is a must to keep sound reflections to a minimum.
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Oh, that's interesting. I didn't even think of applying a UV protectant to the dash. Literally sun-screen for the car haha. Thanks for the advice tuxtanium. I'm going to have to get better at putting up my sunshade or at least during the summer.

Dang, using a dash cover to stop sound reflections. Never used tweeters, but if I ever venture down that road I'll have to remember this 'sound' advice.
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The first thing I bought my wife for her new car was a sunscreen. Once Weathertech starts making vent shades for it- she'll get those. Then all the benefits come together, and when you go out to the car that has been sitting in a parking lot in full sun all day- it will be much cooler. That's why I use a sun shade on the windshield. If you keep all that heat off the dash, then you won't have to cool the dash off once you get the hot air out of the car and turn on the AC.
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I have the trifecta of sunscreen protection – a sunscreen, a dashmat by Dash Designs and a garage!

With respect to the dashmat, I use it in the warmer months of the year only. I unroll it lay it up on the dash and it pretty much stays in place while I'm driving. I did not use any Velcro to tie it down, because of what the other person suggested, that is the Velcro melting. Bought it on line from AutoAnything.com.

Honestly, it doesn't move around much at all, it just kind of lays there like…well never mind,
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Oh, that's interesting. I didn't even think of applying a UV protectant to the dash. Literally sun-screen for the car haha. Thanks for the advice tuxtanium. I'm going to have to get better at putting up my sunshade or at least during the summer.

Dang, using a dash cover to stop sound reflections. Never used tweeters, but if I ever venture down that road I'll have to remember this 'sound' advice.
http://www.autogeek.net/303aerprot.html (sold at lots of places, this one just gives a good overview) Its on Amazon prime too, so if you use that...probably the best deal

I use this stuff on everything from the plastic trim, interior vinyl to the tires. Gives it a clean look with out being oily or super shiny. Stick with the larger size bottles, better value
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