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#1046983 - 01/09/17 03:58 PM Cleaning 31 Year Old Dash and Interior Vinyl  
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A few months ago I picked up an excellent condition SS with minimal interior weat and tear. The dash is uncracked and the seat sides are smooth. What is the 'kindest' way to clean dirty dashes and vinyl to remove 30 years of yuck(possibly Armor All)? I don't want to remove or damage any of the plastic chemicals holding the surface together by using a harsh or damaging cleaner. Afterwards I plan to use Aerospace 303 to protect and reserve.

#1046989 - 01/09/17 08:41 PM Re: Cleaning 31 Year Old Dash and Interior Vinyl [Re: guitars]  
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IMO, Armor All is the worst stuff to use, quickest way to cause cracking.
I would clean the dash with a cloth dipped and wrung in a warm water bucket mixed with a few drops of Dawn. Don't use any chemicals.
Protect the dash from the sun by drapeing a towel over it...or invest in a dash mat.
Heat from the southern sun solar states also causes dash cracking.
Best dashes are found in the frozen north.

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#1046990 - 01/09/17 08:52 PM Re: Cleaning 31 Year Old Dash and Interior Vinyl [Re: upflying]  
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Originally Posted By: upflying

Best dashes are found in the frozen north.


Thats why his dash is uncracked. I swear one day the sun will return to this land lol

WD-40 does a good job of cleaning stuff like that

I use to rub petroleum jelly on my dash and t top seals once or twice a year. It was a little messy when it warmed up, but my dash has never got any worse in the 10 years Ive had the car. It has one small crack near the lower section on the passenger side from a previous knee bump.

Im also a huge fan nowadays of Stoners trim shine. The stuff lasts a long time and seems to do a good job of protecting

#1047000 - 01/10/17 02:09 AM Re: Cleaning 31 Year Old Dash and Interior Vinyl [Re: guitars]  
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JMHO, leather and vinyl cleaner, Turtle Wax brand!


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#1047011 - 01/10/17 07:41 PM Re: Cleaning 31 Year Old Dash and Interior Vinyl [Re: Monte_ExpreSS]  
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Originally Posted By: Monte_ExpreSS
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WD-40 does a good job of cleaning stuff like that

...interesting....

#1047012 - 01/10/17 07:43 PM Re: Cleaning 31 Year Old Dash and Interior Vinyl [Re: 86ttop]  
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Originally Posted By: 86ttop
JMHO, leather and vinyl cleaner, Turtle Wax brand!

hmm..leather is somewhat delicate, so I would guess the Turtle Wax cleaner won't harm vinyl either!

#1047014 - 01/10/17 08:28 PM Re: Cleaning 31 Year Old Dash and Interior Vinyl [Re: guitars]  
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Originally Posted By: Monte_ExpreSS
[quote=upflying]
WD-40 does a good job of cleaning stuff like that

...interesting....

For the record I didn't recommend WD-40


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#1047018 - 01/11/17 04:47 AM Re: Cleaning 31 Year Old Dash and Interior Vinyl [Re: upflying]  
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Upflying ...sorry, I twisted up my quote reply.
But you should see the WD40 originator's(Monte_Express'ss) SS. When I saw that SS I knew I had to get one!


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