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Right from day 1 I noticed that the material on the dashboard and a good bit of the trim as well......different lets say. I mean, I don't think it's something one would spray and wipe with Armour-All or something like that. I would be afraid that it wouldnt apply evenly on this type of surface. So what do you all clean the dash with and what about conditioning ? Unfortunately I dont have a garage to keep mine in so properly treating the interior to prevent cracks etc was always a must with me.
But this.....This I just dont know.
What are we using on the dash, armrests etc ?
 

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Something like AutoGlyms vinyl and rubber care is always good. On the pieces that don't seem like it would apply evenly, just buff it off right after with a dry microfiber and you should be good
 

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Check with Chemical Guys, it's a brand that automotive detailers use and even regular guys like us can buy products from them. They probably have products better than what you can find off the shelf at the local parts store.
 

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Best thing to use is a m/f cloth misted with a 6/1 mix of Woolite and water for cleaning. Meguires #40 vynal and rubber ptotectant is all I use when I use it at all. Never apply the dressings directly to the dash. Some if oversprayed on the glass never come out. Apply to a cloth.
 

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Thanks for these ideas guys. ! To me, the dashboard is covered in a material that I'm not familiar with. I think I'll just take a cautious approach.
 

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If you do end up seeing streaking or anything like that, just buff away with a dry microfiber towel. Works like a charm on hard shiny plastics
 

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Thanks for these ideas guys. ! To me, the dashboard is covered in a material that I'm not familiar with. I think I'll just take a cautious approach.
Safest thing to do is use the Woolite solution and mist it on a microfiber towel and basically " dust" the dash upper surfaces. It is like a dust magnet. For the areas that are actually soiled , eg council, cupholders etc., spray a mist directly at the area then wipe down. Make sure its a soft microfiber towel as the gauge surfaces will marr easily .
 

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I use to detail cars and finishing with a microfiber cloth was what I did with just about everything. It just gives that flawless, brand new look. Plus when it comes to say protecting leather, instead of waiting who knows how long for the compound to dry within minutes you can sit on it again.
 

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The dash material is the same as used in my 2006 Acura TL and all I use on that is Meguiars #40 about every 4 months. Just a note on "conditioning" the leather seats, they are coated leather and can't realy be conditioned as the coating doesn't allow penetration. Key to keeping it good is keep it clean. Abrasive dirt is hard on the coating.
 

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I don't know, the last time I did a beige interior 05 TL, the seats were horrendous but ended up stripping them down pretty good and did the conditioning, came out pretty darn clean and supple. But it's true, the best thing to do is to keep it clean of debris. The dirt inside of the seams is pretty much sandpaper when you start moving on it
 

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Just gently wipe everything down now and then with a moist towel and you should be fine. That's what I generally do after a good dusting with those swiffer dusters.
 

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Just gently wipe everything down now and then with a moist towel and you should be fine. That's what I generally do after a good dusting with those swiffer dusters.
Just remember the Swifers , as with the California dusters, if used on a hot surface can leave a residue that may be hard to remove and be a dust collector.
 
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