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Dash pad-friendly cleaning/protective agents?

So, just recently got a new dash pad. I care a lot about making it last and not crack like my last one. Anyone got any suggestions? Thanks guys.

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Re: Dash pad-friendly cleaning/protective agents?

Heat is what cracks them.
Best thing you can do is a uv blocking film on the windshield.
Or get a windshield shade.

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Re: Dash pad-friendly cleaning/protective agents?

It is actually heat and UV rays that cracks them up. So any protectant that says that it protects from UV rays such as ArmorAll should work.

I put a dash rug on mine when I bought my truck in 96 and the dash is still like new.

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Heat is what cracks them.
Best thing you can do is a uv blocking film on the windshield.
Or get a windshield shade.

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It is actually heat and UV rays that cracks them up. So any protectant that says that it protects from UV rays such as ArmorAll should work.

I put a dash rug on mine when I bought my truck in 96 and the dash is still like new.
Gotcha. So its just Sun I gotta be worried about and not which protector I use? Or I guess I should say, Sun is the only thing that can dry and crack it?

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Re: Dash pad-friendly cleaning/protective agents?

Sun is the only thing I would put a fight against to prevent cracking.
I mean, don't go cleaning your dash with gas or something.

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I use warm soapy water
No interior detailing products!!! I don't trust them plus all they do is collect dust or leave oily residue.
I used to use every product under the sun, now after detailing 1000 cars 10000 times I just use hot soapy water on a rag.
I power wash the carpet with degreaser and then soap, then rinse. Seats get hot soapy water and a brush, wet vac
All interior trim bits just get cleaned with soapy water
We tint our windows here and use windscreen shades when parked outside to protect our dashes from the very very harsh UV rays we have here at 9000'

Armor all is like Chapstick, once you use it you have to keep using it. Also I thought it was shown that Armor all actually cracks your dash faster? Maybe they changed their formula, but it would make sense to me that they want you to keep coming back.
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I use warm soapy water
No interior detailing products!!! I don't trust them plus all they do is collect dust or leave oily residue.
I used to use every product under the sun, now after detailing 1000 cars 10000 times I just use hot soapy water on a rag.
I power wash the carpet with degreaser and then soap, then rinse. Seats get hot soapy water and a brush, wet vac
All interior trim bits just get cleaned with soapy water
We tint our windows here and use windscreen shades when parked outside to protect our dashes from the very very harsh UV rays we have here at 9000'

Armor all is like Chapstick, once you use it you have to keep using it. Also I thought it was shown that Armor all actually cracks your dash faster? Maybe they changed their formula, but it would make sense to me that they want you to keep coming back.
I suppose that makes sense as to why I am plagued with constant dust on my dashboard. The material used in this dash stuff seems so fragile that I would've thought common cleaning chemicals like armorall would harm it. Thanks for that input.

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Re: Dash pad-friendly cleaning/protective agents?

Some of them leave a oily residue.
Search around on YouTube for detailing videos.
Main ones I like are obsessed garage and ammo NYC.

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Re: Dash pad-friendly cleaning/protective agents?

The problem with hot soapy water is that it is not going to protect the dash from the UV rays that are going to come through the windshield. And if it is going to protect the dash it is going to leave some kind of residue for the protection.
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Re: Dash pad-friendly cleaning/protective agents?

I really like 303 Aerospace Protectant. It protects from UV and doesn't really leave a film or anything. I use it more on the boat, but it has worked will on that, as well my wife and I's trucks.

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