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#2385217 - 09/22/11 09:16 PM Dash board protectant
kgpcr Offline


Registered: 08/27/11
Posts: 17
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I have a 2011 silverado and want to put something on my dash to protect it and make it easier to clean. Should i just stick with Armor All or is there a better product out there?

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#2385223 - 09/22/11 09:22 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
dparm Offline


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I like 303 Aerospace. Very long-lasting and not oily.
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#2385228 - 09/22/11 09:26 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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Registered: 08/22/04
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Vinylex by Lexol. Much better than Armor All. When you apply Vinylex it takes off the old layer. It also won't yellow like Armor All does over time.

I use it on all my vehicles.
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#2385239 - 09/22/11 09:41 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
ffracer Offline


Registered: 02/11/06
Posts: 627
Loc: Watkins Glen, NY USA
What has been mentioned and Meguiar's protectant which is available in variety of shines. I like low lustre - not greasy.

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#2385259 - 09/22/11 10:00 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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So I take it Armor All is not a favorite here?
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#2385266 - 09/22/11 10:10 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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I use either 303 Aerospace or Vinylex by Lexol for all my cars and whenever I park under the sun I use sun shade, the 18 years old LS400 dash board is almost like new, no cracks at all.
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#2385269 - 09/22/11 10:15 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
EricF Offline


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I used a dashmat on my 89 firebird.. dash was dusty, but no cracks and no fading.
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#2385271 - 09/22/11 10:22 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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Registered: 04/18/11
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Armor All is far too glossy for me. 303 aerospace protectant makes everything look factory finish and acts like a dust barrier.
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#2385275 - 09/22/11 10:29 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
SLCraig Offline


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Soap and water.
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#2385278 - 09/22/11 10:31 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
dparm Offline


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Vinylex is extremely high shine, just so you know. 303 is more medium- to low-shine.
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#2385295 - 09/22/11 11:01 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
kgpcr Offline


Registered: 08/27/11
Posts: 17
Loc: mn
Soap and water will clean it but i also want to protect it. A good protectant makes clean up easier. how is Meguiar's protectant? i know i saw that on the shelf.

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#2385314 - 09/22/11 11:35 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: dparm]
Quattro Pete Offline


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Originally Posted By: dparm
Vinylex is extremely high shine, just so you know. 303 is more medium- to low-shine.

Yup. Another vote for 303. Vinylex shine is just too distracting.
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#2385324 - 09/23/11 12:06 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
chubbs1 Offline


Registered: 06/09/10
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My uncle uses the 303 on his dash and Vinyl truck bed cover on his '06 F150 it has held up very well in the FL sun. I personally use the new Meguiars low gloss with ScotchGard Interior Protectant and have been pleased with the way it works. My vehicles are all newer though so I really can't say long-term how it will hold up. The 303 I can.
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#2385328 - 09/23/11 12:11 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: chubbs1]
Chris B. Offline


Registered: 03/16/03
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Loc: Colorado
You guys using 303, do you wipe it on and leave a wet film behind? Or do you wipe it on and then wipe it dry to the touch? I have been leaving the wet film on for extra protection but I wonder if it gives extra, longer lasting protection that way?

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#2385343 - 09/23/11 12:40 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: Chris B.]
Scorch Offline


Registered: 04/18/11
Posts: 386
Loc: Charlevoix, MI
Originally Posted By: Chris B.
You guys using 303, do you wipe it on and leave a wet film behind? Or do you wipe it on and then wipe it dry to the touch? I have been leaving the wet film on for extra protection but I wonder if it gives extra, longer lasting protection that way?


I spray it on a microfiber cloth then work it all over the dash applying more to the cloth as necessary, it's glossy for a few hours but then dries to the flat matte finish that looks so good. On the door panels I wipe then buff it dry, the reason behind this is because if rain drops hit it and it hasn't been buffed it will streak and leave water marks like crazy. Extra protection without buffing? Probably not.


Edited by Scorch (09/23/11 12:40 AM)
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#2385355 - 09/23/11 01:21 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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Turtle wax makes some good non greasy Protestant in an electric green bottle. I've always like that stuff.
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#2385375 - 09/23/11 05:07 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: dparm]
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Loc: NY
Originally Posted By: dparm
I like 303 Aerospace. Very long-lasting and not oily.


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#2385387 - 09/23/11 05:38 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: demarpaint]
DaHen Offline


Registered: 03/26/10
Posts: 385
Loc: Massachusetts
Another vote for 303's Aerospace Protectant.

HOWEVER, did pick up some of Autoglym's Vinyl & Rubber Care from Pep Boys last month to try out on the tires. Will apply some on the interior and see how it looks.

(Report will be ready in six months. lol) grin
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#2385432 - 09/23/11 07:13 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
bigmike Offline


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Loc: Florida
I know it may sound 80ish, but I think a dash mat looks very nice on the big Silverado dashes. That's what do for both our vehicles.

You can make it out OK on the interior picture in this thread:
http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=2373479#Post2373479
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#2385443 - 09/23/11 07:23 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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Registered: 10/01/02
Posts: 2394
Loc: Brownsville, TX
Aerospace 303 hands down.

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#2385663 - 09/23/11 11:59 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
kkreit01 Offline


Registered: 01/25/06
Posts: 3811
Loc: Olathe, KS
Almost anything (or using nothing) is better than Armor All. 303, Poorboys Natural Look, and Surf City Dash Away are all great. My new favorite is Surf City Dash Away. It's and excellent cleaner and protectant. It leaves 0 shine. Your dash will look totally natural. It smells nice, and can be bought at a lot of Wal Marts (or AAPs, etc.). I won't go back to 303 on the interior after using Dash Away. I didn't like the small, and 303 leaves some shine (tiny bit).
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#2385775 - 09/23/11 02:19 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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Registered: 09/06/05
Posts: 437
Loc: Tampa, Fl
303 is laughable and it's UV protection is non existent. You would be better off w/ some over the counter product from WM such as 2001 or amorall (try different sheen level).



Edited by 2Fast4U (09/23/11 02:20 PM)

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#2385851 - 09/23/11 03:54 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: 2Fast4U]
Malo83 Offline


Registered: 08/08/08
Posts: 1061
Loc: Cali
I like Meguiars M40, UV protection,prevents fading cracking and drying, excellent for dashboards thumbsup
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#2385940 - 09/23/11 05:46 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: 2Fast4U]
Chris B. Offline


Registered: 03/16/03
Posts: 2916
Loc: Colorado
Originally Posted By: 2Fast4U
303 is laughable and it's UV protection is non existent. You would be better off w/ some over the counter product from WM such as 2001 or amorall (try different sheen level).



I find that hard to believe. Got any links to prove 303 has zero UV protection it in?

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#2385982 - 09/23/11 07:06 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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#2386327 - 09/24/11 08:54 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: Chris B.]
2Fast4U Offline


Registered: 09/06/05
Posts: 437
Loc: Tampa, Fl
Originally Posted By: Chris B.

I find that hard to believe. Got any links to prove 303 has zero UV protection it in?


I've posted my own pictures before on this forum of the horrible experience with 303 and how UV protection was next to nothing. I purchased 303 ONLY because of this board and hands down it's been the worst protectant type product I've purchased for my vehicle.

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#2386369 - 09/24/11 09:43 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: 2Fast4U]
Garak Offline


Registered: 12/05/09
Posts: 11756
Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Originally Posted By: 2Fast4U
I've posted my own pictures before on this forum of the horrible experience with 303 and how UV protection was next to nothing. I purchased 303 ONLY because of this board and hands down it's been the worst protectant type product I've purchased for my vehicle.


Could you give us a link to your post? I'm not doubting you at all, I'm just curious. 303 is about as rare as hen's teeth up here, so the only thing I know about the product is its online reputation.
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#2386385 - 09/24/11 09:59 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: Garak]
2Fast4U Offline


Registered: 09/06/05
Posts: 437
Loc: Tampa, Fl
Originally Posted By: Garak
Originally Posted By: 2Fast4U
I've posted my own pictures before on this forum of the horrible experience with 303 and how UV protection was next to nothing. I purchased 303 ONLY because of this board and hands down it's been the worst protectant type product I've purchased for my vehicle.


Could you give us a link to your post? I'm not doubting you at all, I'm just curious. 303 is about as rare as hen's teeth up here, so the only thing I know about the product is its online reputation.


The GREAT 303.


http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubb...rue#Post1772047
http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubb...rue#Post1785413
http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubb...rue#Post2222173


Edited by 2Fast4U (09/24/11 10:02 AM)

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#2386393 - 09/24/11 10:07 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kkreit01]
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Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 2915
Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: kkreit01
My new favorite is Surf City Dash Away. It's and excellent cleaner and protectant. It leaves 0 shine. Your dash will look totally natural. It smells nice, and can be bought at a lot of Wal Marts (or AAPs, etc.).


I agree great stuff. Plus it can be used on so many other things: steering wheel, shift knob, interior door panels, leather, rubber door seals, cup holders, console etc. On the bottle it says it can be used on fabric stains also. $10 a bottle and no shipping charges when I pick it up locally.

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#2386555 - 09/24/11 01:03 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: 2Fast4U]
demarpaint Offline


Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 21561
Loc: NY
Originally Posted By: 2Fast4U
Originally Posted By: Garak
Originally Posted By: 2Fast4U
I've posted my own pictures before on this forum of the horrible experience with 303 and how UV protection was next to nothing. I purchased 303 ONLY because of this board and hands down it's been the worst protectant type product I've purchased for my vehicle.


Could you give us a link to your post? I'm not doubting you at all, I'm just curious. 303 is about as rare as hen's teeth up here, so the only thing I know about the product is its online reputation.


The GREAT 303.


http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubb...rue#Post1772047
http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubb...rue#Post1785413
http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubb...rue#Post2222173


I had good luck with it, but will consider trying something else when I finish up with it.
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#2386926 - 09/24/11 08:55 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: RTexasF]
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#2386942 - 09/24/11 09:06 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 12695
Loc: USA
Do any of these dash board protectant 'evaporate' and then make the glass greasy ? shrug






Edited by LT4 Vette (09/24/11 09:07 PM)

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#2386970 - 09/24/11 09:32 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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my experience with 303 has been that it looked great on my grey f150 dash but on my black camry dash i always had a hard time getting it to look evenly applied to the point where i would wipe and wipe on it possibly taking some of the protection away in the process (i assume) keep in mind though a person without a sharp eye would probably never notice the slight variation im talking about but...

Another thing on my f150 once i had the window down while going through a drive-thru and rain got on the corner of the dash and it was on there from that time till i sold it a year later and i could still see where there was some little water drop outlines even after numerous applications of it. unless it was something the previous owner had spilled there before but i dont remember seeing it if thats the case

id steer clear of armor all too many bad things have been said about it ranging from too greesy to drying the dash out and making it crack for me to ever use it. (i dont believe it would make a dash crack was prob just a coincidence i imagine)

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#2387032 - 09/24/11 10:17 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: LT4 Vette]
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Registered: 01/09/09
Posts: 3648
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Originally Posted By: LT4 Vette
Do any of these dash board protectant 'evaporate' and then make the glass greasy ? shrug






My favorite, so far, is Meguiar's Natural Shine. Before doing any kind of research, I used to use Armor All religiously, and noticed a good amount of film on the windshield, especially near where the dash meets the windshield. I have noticed the same with Meguiar's, but not nearly as bad.

I have no idea whether Meguiar's offers more or less UV protection than its competitors, but it leaves a great finish and smells nice. I apply it every six or so months and so far so good.


Edited by gathermewool (09/24/11 10:18 PM)
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#2387711 - 09/25/11 05:33 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: satinsilver]
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Originally Posted By: satinsilver
Originally Posted By: kkreit01
My new favorite is Surf City Dash Away. It's and excellent cleaner and protectant. It leaves 0 shine. Your dash will look totally natural. It smells nice, and can be bought at a lot of Wal Marts (or AAPs, etc.).

I agree great stuff. Plus it can be used on so many other things: steering wheel, shift knob, interior door panels, leather, rubber door seals, cup holders, console etc. On the bottle it says it can be used on fabric stains also. $10 a bottle and no shipping charges when I pick it up locally.

I'm using 303 on my S2000 vinyl top for several years, just check the price at Ace Hardware it's $16.xx for a small 12 oz bottle.

Will try Surf City Dash Away when I finish the remaining 303, the price of Surf City is very reasonable at $10 for 24 oz bottle, 1/3 the price of 303.
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#2392880 - 10/01/11 12:05 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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I don't use anything and I've never noticed a difference.

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#2393692 - 10/02/11 02:19 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: The Critic]
Chris B. Offline


Registered: 03/16/03
Posts: 2916
Loc: Colorado
Originally Posted By: The Critic
I don't use anything and I've never noticed a difference.


How would you if you never tried something? Of course the dash remains the same if you never add some kind of dressing to it.....lol

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#2400010 - 10/08/11 02:14 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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Posts: 517
Loc: Colorado
I use Meguairs quick interior detailer, followed up by the supreme shine protectant. It give a great shine, but its not greasy and it will last a good month.
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#2401601 - 10/10/11 08:55 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: Chris B.]
jigen Offline


Registered: 10/28/08
Posts: 1438
Loc: Pennsylvania
Originally Posted By: Chris B.
You guys using 303, do you wipe it on and leave a wet film behind? Or do you wipe it on and then wipe it dry to the touch? I have been leaving the wet film on for extra protection but I wonder if it gives extra, longer lasting protection that way?


For me, using a microfiber wax pad has always been the best way to apply 303. I just spray it on the pad when necessary. I'm not a big fan of spraying the 303 directly on the dash.
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#2403313 - 10/11/11 06:58 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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#2403388 - 10/11/11 08:43 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: LT4 Vette]
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Loc: NY
Originally Posted By: LT4 Vette
Do any of these dash board protectant 'evaporate' and then make the glass greasy ? shrug



That's an interesting question, something I never gave much though. I think some products might just do that. shrug
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#2403431 - 10/11/11 09:23 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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Yeah, sadly 303 does it to some extent. I'd be interested to hearing about one that does not cause leave any glass deposits.
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#2403496 - 10/11/11 10:54 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: 2Fast4U]
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Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 34025
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Originally Posted By: 2Fast4U
Originally Posted By: Chris B.

I find that hard to believe. Got any links to prove 303 has zero UV protection it in?


I've posted my own pictures before on this forum of the horrible experience with 303 and how UV protection was next to nothing. I purchased 303 ONLY because of this board and hands down it's been the worst protectant type product I've purchased for my vehicle.


Sorry, I think this was an instability in the dye. Notice how you have a black strip still on the cover? If UV was that severe, the whole thing would be grey.

I dont think 303 is to blame in your situation. I think a cheap/improper dye is.

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#2403498 - 10/11/11 10:55 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
Yeah, sadly 303 does it to some extent. I'd be interested to hearing about one that does not cause leave any glass deposits.


Definitely. Wonder how bad it is to breathe that junk flashing off.

I alternate 303 and vinylex myself. As I understand it, the vinylex replaces some plasticizers while 303 is purely for UV.

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#2403610 - 10/12/11 06:14 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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I like Megs Ultimate Protectant. It is high gloss. It seems to last about three to six monhs on things that get touched like the armrest. Things that aren't touched will last over a year in our weather. Car is outside 24/7. I DO get dirty windows though, maybe from off gasing.
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#2403695 - 10/12/11 08:37 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: JHZR2]
2Fast4U Offline


Registered: 09/06/05
Posts: 437
Loc: Tampa, Fl
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
303 is purely for UV.


303 UV protection is a complete JOKE! This is what I was trying to show in the pics/links earlier.

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#2403709 - 10/12/11 08:50 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: BigBuck]
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Originally Posted By: BigBuck
Turtle wax makes some good non greasy Protestant in an electric green bottle. I've always like that stuff.


+1. Used to be called Formula 2001 or something. Now it's just called F21. Plus it's very affordable.

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#2403809 - 10/12/11 10:32 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: 2Fast4U]
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Originally Posted By: 2Fast4U
303 is laughable and it's UV protection is non existent. You would be better off w/ some over the counter product from WM such as 2001 or amorall (try different sheen level).



Can you offer some proof or link to why 303 has no uv protection? I thought it had uv protection.
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#2403825 - 10/12/11 10:56 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: 2Fast4U]
Quattro Pete Offline


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Originally Posted By: 2Fast4U

303 UV protection is a complete JOKE! This is what I was trying to show in the pics/links earlier.


Have you tried contacting the maker of 303 to get their take on what happened to your grill cover?

Also, how was the 303 applied? You're supposed to wipe it clean with a second cloth after it was applied, not just leave it there. Just making sure you followed instructions...
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#2407784 - 10/16/11 08:26 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: 4x4chevydude]
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Armor All has something in it that causes dashboards to crack.

I use Meguiar's, and Lexol, but 303 products are also a good choice for plastics.
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#2407854 - 10/16/11 09:35 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: JonP]
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Originally Posted By: JonP
Armor All has something in it that causes dashboards to crack.

I use Meguiar's, and Lexol, but 303 products are also a good choice for plastics.


Not sure about Armor All reports...but...the latter 3 choices do work well.
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#2408738 - 10/17/11 09:15 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: JonP]
Errtt Offline


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Originally Posted By: JonP
Armor All has something in it that causes dashboards to crack.

I use Meguiar's, and Lexol, but 303 products are also a good choice for plastics.


Some years I had a Jimmy and the dash was always good - until one year I decided to try Armor All. Just during that summer the dash darkened and developed cracks. It got bad quick. I haven't used a Armor All product since.
It didn't take long to turn dark and that alone should have stopped me from using it - it was like it was getting burnt/sun baked. It ended up so dark and the cracks widened that I ended up throwing a dash mat to cover the ugly.

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#2409565 - 10/18/11 06:54 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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One thing I've found ArmorAll good for is a quick spray shine for black leather shoes. Course I doubt many wear black leather shoes that require polish anymore.

Have no idea what this has to do with dashes.

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#2409844 - 10/19/11 06:00 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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From what I've heard, and for what that's wroth, the new ArmorAll (which should be on the shelves virtually everywhere for the past number of months) has addressed the issue of dash cracking. Apparently, the low-gloss ArmorAll never did suffer that issue.

Anecdotally, I've always hated ArmorAll, but when the new style Caprices came out in the 1990s, they had the giant dashes. When I was running the fleet, they got a dose of low gloss ArmorAll almost every day, and there were never any issues.

I used to like STP Son of a Gun, but that disappeared when they merged with or got taken over by the parent company of ArmorAll. The Rain-X dash protectant is pretty good, but a little greasy for some applications. Lately, I've been using Meguiar's Mirror Glaze Vinyl & Rubber Cleaner/Conditioner. It's not overly messy and not overly glossy. It sure makes the rags yellow, though.
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#2409940 - 10/19/11 09:14 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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My understanding is that Amour All will not (and never did) harm plastic any more/less than other products. The old vinyl was supposedly low quality and would dry. when you added any sort of a liquid it would expand and soften, causing it to crack. There was a Meguiar's rep who spent a disturbing amount of time defending their competitor (Armour All) to address this. I can find the text if someone needs it (it's on the Meg's board).
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#2410023 - 10/19/11 11:13 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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That could very well be the issue, too. However, ArmorAll did improve their formula in the past few years. I know that some people are picky to not use any cleaner or protectant that has petroleum solvents in them. ArmorAll does not have any, to the best of my knowledge. Some Meguiars products do, but the Mirror Glaze version I use does not. I believe Rain-X has petroleum solvents.
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#2410048 - 10/19/11 11:45 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: Russell]
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Originally Posted By: Russell
Originally Posted By: 2Fast4U
303 is laughable and it's UV protection is non existent. You would be better off w/ some over the counter product from WM such as 2001 or amorall (try different sheen level).



Can you offer some proof or link to why 303 has no uv protection? I thought it had uv protection.


As I mentioned, it looks like dye instability versus inability of 303 to protect. Note how there was a black strip still on the cover but it looks like a different material panel.

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#2421215 - 10/31/11 08:21 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: sasilverbullet]
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+1 for Vinylex ...used it for the first time yesterday and found after applying it dried to a mat finish - not overly shiny at all . Time will tell how well it protects , if it has excessive out gassing on windows , prevents cracking ,etc.

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#2565829 - 03/12/12 10:45 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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I've been using armor all for years and years with absolutely no problems. I don't know where the bad rap came from. I'm sure there are better choices, but cleaning and shining your dash and plastic with armor all will NOT cause your car to melt into a puddle, or crack into 1000 pieces. It doesn't last very long on the exterior, especially as soon as it gets wet, but for dash and interior trim, it works fine.
Tint your windows and use a windshield sun shade when you park. Nothing will fade or crack. I also have a dashcover. My interior better still look new in 30 years! Haha

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#2565870 - 03/12/12 11:37 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: aquariuscsm]
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Originally Posted By: aquariuscsm
Pledge Extra Moisturizing.


+1

I use this as well from time to time. Heard somewhere that many auto detailers use this as it repels dust rather than attracting it.

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#2566334 - 03/13/12 01:53 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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Does anyone have experience with Mothers VLR?

"Mothers® VLR quickly and easily cleans, conditions and protects a wide variety of vinyl, leather and rubber surfaces. This pro-strength, pH balanced formula safely cleans even the most stubborn ground-in dirt, soil and stains. Infused with neat’s-foot oil and lanolin, this all-in-one blend conditions and protects against drying, fading and cracking, in one simple step."

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#2569023 - 03/16/12 12:07 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: Travis99LS1]
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Originally Posted By: Travis99LS1
Tint the windshield...


That's what I did.
Now when I get in someone else's car I can't believe I ever drove with that much light coming in.

I still put some armor-all on my dash though, keeps it nice and shiny.
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#2569078 - 03/16/12 02:12 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: MrWideTires]
Russell Offline


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Originally Posted By: MrWideTires
Originally Posted By: Travis99LS1
Tint the windshield...


That's what I did.
Now when I get in someone else's car I can't believe I ever drove with that much light coming in.

I still put some armor-all on my dash though, keeps it nice and shiny.

Shiny dash means reflections, not good. Heavy tint also means diminished visibility at night. also not good. Just my opinion. Of course florida has diff issues because of bright sun and excessive heat.
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#2569080 - 03/16/12 02:43 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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Ran out of 303, but I think a dash made out of good plastic is more important than any protectant you put on it. And auto glass filters out UV so it shouldn't be a problem. I know it filters out enough that my Transition lenses remain clear. Heat is probably a bigger issue in hot climates. I use a windshield shade most of the time, and it definitely helps keep the interior a little cooler during the summer.

I think now I prefer to use a interior cleaner that has a UV inhibitor in it. Dashaway, Quik Interior Detailer, Black Magic Natural finish etc. They all leave a matte finish or at most a slight sheen. I equate shiny to cheap so I prefer that.

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#2572146 - 03/19/12 06:31 AM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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I don't think shiny looks cheap, but for me there is just shiny enough. I generally apply two coats, then after it sits for a while I buff off the excess with a microfiber. Spreads it around evenly and takes away most of the greasiness and leaves a more natural shine...

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#2572714 - 03/19/12 04:44 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: Russell]
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Originally Posted By: Russell
Originally Posted By: MrWideTires
Originally Posted By: Travis99LS1
Tint the windshield...


That's what I did.
Now when I get in someone else's car I can't believe I ever drove with that much light coming in.

I still put some armor-all on my dash though, keeps it nice and shiny.

Shiny dash means reflections, not good. Heavy tint also means diminished visibility at night. also not good. Just my opinion. Of course florida has diff issues because of bright sun and excessive heat.


Yeah in Florida the issue is not visibility, that's the least of your problems.
The #1 thing is keeping the cabin cool, you might have to tint the entire car very dark, tint the windshield, and leave the car running with the A/C on whenever you are gonna be stepping out for some time.
Some of the guys here that have cars with no A/C they say it's because they don't need it and that's for "whimps"... They're all full of it and looking for excuses... Having no A/C here is completely miserable.
I refuse to ride in a car without A/C unless it's december or january.
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#2578394 - 03/24/12 06:50 PM Re: Dash board protectant [Re: kgpcr]
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I actually like to use leather conditioner on the dash. Doesn`t make it *too* glossy and it makes my car smell great!
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