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Mike

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What to use when cleaning a dash
« on: June 02, 2008, 02:00:10 PM »

I want to clean my dash since its full of pollen and isent looking to
great. The problem is I have heard Armoral can cause the dash vynil to
crack over time, which is somthing I do not want. Is there any other
kind of product out there that cleans and protects your dash? Let me
know what yoose guys use.

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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2008, 02:34:53 PM »

Clean. . .Not condition
 
Windex or equal.  Soft rag for the gauge clusters so not to leave micro scratches.
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2008, 02:36:49 PM »

I was not aware you could use Windex on a dash. I'll give it a shot
who'da thunk it I always thought it was good for cleaning glass. Thanks
Steve I'll give it a whirl.

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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2008, 03:29:15 PM »

Tip:spray it on the rag--not the dash.
Windex is good for the chrome and also the toaster in the kitchen..
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2008, 05:34:13 PM »

Quote from: CBarge
Tip:spray it on the rag--not the dash.
 
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2008, 05:57:52 PM »

The best protectant I've found is 303 Aerospace Protectant

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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2008, 07:17:16 PM »


Spray Nine to clean vinyl and remove that "old  owner smell"

I just tried Turtle wax vinyl conditioner ( I think it's called 2001 or so) and it looked great....but it's  reflections in the windshield will cause a crash!

http://www.epinions.com/reviews/Turtle_Wax_Formula_2001_Super_Protectant

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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2008, 05:32:03 AM »

P, don't use Windex on the plastic cover over your gagues,it will make the plastic cloudy over time. just use a damp lint free cloth on them. Windex is ok for the rest of the dash.
 
Don't use Pine Sol on the gauges either!!!
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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2008, 12:07:56 PM »

I used armoral glass cleaner for the gauge cluster, and some armoral.. Opps! I won't next time, thanks Ar!

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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2008, 05:28:11 PM »

There are no cracks and no discoloration of the New Yorker's dash.How & why?
I use NOTHING!
Just a damp soft cloth.Even Extra Strength Charmin' (wetted with water--of course!! lol)
I never use Armour-all since it cracked the dash of my '71 Duster 11 years ago.
Anything with harsh chemicals can actually discolor the dashpad.
Check your rag or paper towel next time and see it has not just the dirt-but also the dash's color on it.
The products of today are tested on "new" dashes--not dashes that are 30+ years old and have been through the rigors of time and weathers.
Read the owner's manual.It suggests water and soap.In some cases,linseed oil.
I never tried the linseed.
I do not think the dashes were shiny when new-no need to have them shiny now.The glare would just be too much.
Windex can disolor the dashpad depending on its color.I know I used to use it--but not anymore.My dash is a tan/brownish color.
Tip: Clean glass first with dirty dash.That way the ammonia does not harm the dashpad.Then clean dashpad with soap & water.
As Steve says,clean NOT condition!!
 
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« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2008, 06:23:32 PM »

Murpheys Oil Soap
 
Great stuff.  But it requires rinsing
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« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2008, 07:41:39 PM »


Lets look at what we're cleaning....a vinyl that has been exposed to harsh sunlight for years. We know that water won't affect vinyl, so why would Armor All? It's water based with silicones in suspension and UV inhibitors. If a dash cracks from treatment, it cracks because it was already cracked. You just couldn't see it yet until the dressing swelled up the sun dried layer of basically chalky residue. Same with rubber tires. I saw many tiny cracks in the sidewalls so I put on a gloss dressing to "protect " them......cracks grew wide and the tires looked dangerous!
Steve's dash had many tiny craze lines in it, so I wiped it with MEK soaked on a cotton rag in one direction to melt them back together. Then I painted it with a water-based color coating. No cracks so far!
Solvents when wiped do different things to the chalky layer. Lacquer thinner style solvents take color off heavily and leave the dash dull maybe streaked. Mineral spirit based solvents may have little to no residue on your rag and leave the dash feeling rough, not from melting the vinyl but from the solvent getting caught in the cracks and taking longer to evaporate. But it will evaporate cleanly. Citrus based cleaners and some higher concentration of ammonia window cleaners will remove the little chunks of crazing, so I  don't like using them.
 I think you are safe if you choose a vinyl cleaner like Spray Nine, diluted Simple Green, or the best....regular hand or dishwashing soap like you wash the paint with. Baby wipes (non-alcohol based....the ones you want are lanolin based) are great for keeping the interior surfaces clean every day, We use them on the most expensive leathers with no problems. You can wax the hard dashboards with the same wax for vinyl roofs if you never plan on painting it.
Use a sunshade to protect the dash and treat the dash in these old cars like a fragile egg!

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« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2008, 09:24:20 AM »

An interesting read about silicon products and why to avoid them.
Linky link 

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« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2008, 10:24:03 AM »

This is all useful and great information!, Thank you everyone.

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