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Old 09-06-2012, 11:03 AM   #1
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What does everyone use for their dashes?

I have an 07 Focus and its in need of a good cleaning , especially the interior. I've always avoided armor all though because I always heard that it was silicone? based and that it would cause the dash to crack eventually. Thing is I cant really find any cleaners that say that they have silicon or not either way.

I have some of the armor all orange wipes that I use on the steering wheel to clean the leather....


The dash in the car is just hard plastic it seems, maybe just a good wipe down with a general purpose cleaner would be sufficient? ... I'm over thinking this arent I? lol


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Old 09-06-2012, 11:13 AM   #2
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I use diluted Simple Green to actually clean the dash and then I use meguires interior detailer to mildy shine things up and I've used the same on my 4Runners dash for the last 10 years and the dash still looks great and zero cracks or deformations.
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:23 AM   #3
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Meguiars interior cleaners are top notch for regular consumers. There are tons of special order chemicals you can use but Meguiars is your best bet.
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:23 AM   #4
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If you clean the dash first (be it simple green, windex, or a premium product), you can use armor all to seal and protect it... the problem with armor all is it's constant misuse! You don't spray and walk away, you can't leave that stuff thick on the surface like most people that swear by it do!

I've seen people overuse gliptone AND Meguire's interior products. The best results come from 1) cleaning the dash 2)sealing the surface 3)and then using another cloth to wipe that protectant off! It'll feel like new, and best off all; the greasy look/feel won't pick up any dirt floating around in the car!

I use Autech on my plastics, (it works like gang-busters) leaves NO greasy residue, and buffs off the plastic the way wax does for the outside. The color returns to like-new, and there's very little sheen to it so I don't get blinded by glare off the dash or the reflection on the glass.

Just do it right and you'll find stuff that you like!
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Armorall is too shiny in my opinion. I use Meguires Natural Shine. It brings back a nice dark rich color to the dash, without looking plastic/shiny.
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I use Armor all wipes, they're pretty nice. Don't know anything about cracking though. If that's true, I'll be picking up some Meguiars soon.
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I use Armor all wipes, they're pretty nice. Don't know anything about cracking though. If that's true, I'll be picking up some Meguiars soon.
It was something I heard a long time ago. It was said that it would eventually dry out the dash and cause it to crack. I think it comes from when dashes were vinyl. My dash seems to be made out of hard plastic so I'm not even sure it applies anymore.
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All those products are shiny... until you do a final wipe-down. It's THAT step people don't usually do!
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It was something I heard a long time ago. It was said that it would eventually dry out the dash and cause it to crack. I think it comes from when dashes were vinyl. My dash seems to be made out of hard plastic so I'm not even sure it applies anymore.
Yeah cracked dashes don't apply anymore. Every car back in the 80's had a cracked dash, then they wised up and started making them out of plastic.
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