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#933542 - 05/26/12 07:13 PM Keeping Dash Crack Free  
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OK Guys, I have a crack free dash. What's the best way to keep it that way, other than sealing the car in a giant zip-lock?

The car is garaged and doesn't sit out in the elements, except at the ice cream store parking lot or at a car show.

Do the fuzzy covers work? Is there any kind of protectant that will really protect and moisturize it, or is the problem really in the foam core?

Thanks for any counsel.



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#933543 - 05/26/12 07:29 PM Re: Keeping Dash Crack Free [Re: dadiddle]  
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fuzzy covers work but they are ugly and usualy used to cover cracked dashes. if its not in the sun or extreme cold it really shouldnt ever crack as long as you keep it all lubed up with armor all.


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#933558 - 05/26/12 09:14 PM Re: Keeping Dash Crack Free [Re: omgwtfdood]  
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Whatever you do DONT use armor all for cleaning, it dries out the dash make it easier to crack.


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#933570 - 05/26/12 10:43 PM Re: Keeping Dash Crack Free [Re: speeddemon]  
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Mine goes year round AND sleeps outside, no crack.


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#933571 - 05/26/12 10:44 PM Re: Keeping Dash Crack Free [Re: speeddemon]  
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303 protectant only for my vinyl......


#933579 - 05/26/12 11:25 PM Re: Keeping Dash Crack Free [Re: SSilverSStreak]  
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Is this the stuff you mean, Ben?
303 Protectant

Martin, I guess the cold isn't what causes the cracks then? Is it the heat and cold together that messes them up you think?



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#933593 - 05/27/12 12:46 AM Re: Keeping Dash Crack Free [Re: dadiddle]  
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Yes, it is....and my car buds here in the red hot south love it as much as I do.


#933608 - 05/27/12 02:23 AM Re: Keeping Dash Crack Free [Re: SSilverSStreak]  
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I had a carpet cover on another SS (one in my sig) I had that was a crack free dash and the car had 180k on the clock... I owned it for 3yrs and no protectant, just the carpet cover and it was my daily.


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#933622 - 05/27/12 04:52 AM Re: Keeping Dash Crack Free [Re: Jameson]  
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If you don't let it sit out in the sun much you shouldn't worry. My SS's dash is original and still crack free (knock on wood) and was a daily driver for the first 10-12 years. Conditions here aren't the worst for interiors but many still get cracks. If I'm parking mine in the sun for a good part of the day I'll use a windshield cover thing to reflect the sun away for both cars. Small part for the heat, mostly for the dash.


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#933630 - 05/27/12 12:31 PM Re: Keeping Dash Crack Free [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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The foam core is temperature sensitive and it gets worse with age-added heat from sitting in the sun all the time will turn the vinyl brittle. Freezing temps cause the foam to expand so if the vinyl is also brittle-CRACK!. I talked to Just Dashes about that very problem and they use a foam that has no sensitivity to weather extremes-they are better quality than OEM imo but dammit, there's just something cool about a perfect dash and seeing a GM part number on it!


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#933648 - 05/27/12 05:36 PM Re: Keeping Dash Crack Free [Re: gmachinz]  
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Thanks guys. I've never heard of the 303 stuff, but in googling it, it's all over other car club forums, etc. I'm going to send a way for some of it - they send you a free sample too.

I intend to drive this car more than my past cars - so it will sit out in the sun from time to time. Sometimes you can't help breaking stuff...I know, but I want to believe I did all I can to preserve the dash at least. Besides that, I know those ones from Just Dashes are $$$.



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#933656 - 05/27/12 06:59 PM Re: Keeping Dash Crack Free [Re: speeddemon]  
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Originally Posted By: speeddemon
Whatever you do DONT use armor all for cleaning, it dries out the dash make it easier to crack.
X2


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#933812 - 05/29/12 06:58 PM Re: Keeping Dash Crack Free [Re: DOLLAR BILL]  
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I always use the 303 stuff on the tonneau cover on my truck and it is great stuff. It is also recommended for use on hot tub covers that are outside year round. I have read a lot of really good testimonies from a few different forumns on the web.


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#933853 - 05/30/12 01:21 AM Re: Keeping Dash Crack Free [Re: chevyz1]  
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I understand Vaseline also won't make the dash crack also.


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#933987 - 05/31/12 05:25 AM Re: Keeping Dash Crack Free [Re: Richie Cat]  
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I've used both Armorall and Mother's (smells better) on all my cars for the past 30+ years. Never an issue, and liberal application will keep your dash and rubber pieces perfect. I've never had a crack in any dash I have ever owned and I've owned dozens of cars over those years. My cars existed in the intense heat of FL summers for most of those years. Armorall would not be in business if the product actually caused damage. Not sure how these internet rumors gather steam but it sure must hurt sales.


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#934829 - 06/06/12 04:20 PM Re: Keeping Dash Crack Free [Re: NC87AERO]  
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Armorall sucks, sorry, but there interior clean stuff is a waste. I used to clean the interior of the SS with it, faded even faster, not to mention added a new crack. Havent used Mothers, just because Mothers make good exterior products, never needed to switch again.

I will say this, Meguiars interior stuff is top notch, same with there exterior stuff. I dont like a shiney dash, so the natural shine stuff fits perfect. Tried the Meguiars dash spray on the SS (even though the dash isnt actually still in the car) and it looks great, it doesnt really mean anything, because the dash isnt in the sun, but still.

Edit: Forgot to mention, I never cleaned with Armorall, I mostly cleaned the SS with some all prupose or some dish soap, then used Armorall, never changed.

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#987231 - 11/07/13 05:36 AM Re: Keeping Dash Crack Free [Re: dadiddle]  
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I will have to go out tommarrow and pick up some 303 protectant

#991793 - 01/03/14 02:55 AM Re: Keeping Dash Crack Free [Re: dadiddle]  
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which of of the 303 products do you get for your dash.

#991852 - 01/04/14 01:06 PM Re: Keeping Dash Crack Free [Re: dadiddle]  
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I actually keep the dash clean without any protectant.....I use a sunshade all the time if the car is in the sun. The windshield acts like a magnifying glass so imo keeping intense heat out is the first step....and if done right, the only step you need. I also prefer an all around tint. I still tint the front doors....I go light tho and I don't worry about the legality of it....I prefer to take that chance in favor of preserving my interior.


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#991887 - 01/04/14 11:00 PM Re: Keeping Dash Crack Free [Re: Richie Cat]  
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Originally Posted By: Richie Cat
I understand Vaseline also won't make the dash crack also.


I read this a while back and tried it one summer - I carefully slopped it on and let it sit in the sun to soak in for a day or two IIRC. I later wiped it off and it did seem to really rejuvenate the vinyl as claimed in the article I read.


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