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Old 03-04-2006, 12:53 PM
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preserving vinyl dash

My dash pad is in good shape and I'd like to keep it that way. What is the best conditioner to use on vinyl dashes?

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I use black magic make sure you keep it clean & try to keep it out of direct sunlight. make sure whatever you use it has U V protection

If you really want to keep it nice get one of them custom dash rugs to lay over it for daily use

DO NOT use armor all that **** sucks!

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Someone told me Armor All made the dash crack faster, I argued with him but
he swore up and down that it did.
I would like to know the real deal on this too.
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I dont like A A because it builds up fast & attracts dirt .
Have you ever grabbed a sticky gooey steering wheel in the middle of summer?
if you have that is most likely A A .

YUK & GAK!

The key to it is to keep it supple so that it will flex when needed to.

Here the temps are extreme & do some serious changes some times from 30*F to 70-80*F in a few hours but even up north when its cold & the heater /defroster will put it through the paces.

I use a good Leather & plastic cleaner to clean all my interior stuffs

here's what I use to clean .

Malco L&P Cleaner
I would also think their conditioner would be good too I've been using this product for over 20 years make sure you dilute it down @ least 20:1 for interior stuff

Malco conditioner

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Someone told me Armor All made the dash crack faster, I argued with him but
he swore up and down that it did.
I would like to know the real deal on this too.
In my experience, they are right. My wife had a 75 Monte when we met, dash and vinyl roof in excellent condition, within 1 year of using Armor All both were severely cracked along with the side walls on her tires.
That was the only proof I needed, and have never used the stuff again.
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I was at a hot rod shop the other day and they used some type of marine prduct. Not sure but it was #203? I think. I'm following up to find out for sure, but has anyone else used a marine product?
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tranny fluid

This guy might have been goofy. I knew a guy that used tranny fluid on his dash and said it works great. I know a little bit about plastics and what the sun and the uv rays do is remove the plastisizers in the plastic. this is what keeps them pliable to prevent cracking. So im pretty sure tranny fluid or anything that could either keep in or add to as a plastisizer would do the trick.
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I usually use stoner vinyl contidioner, boat conditioner is generally about the same. the way I see it, vinyl conditioner is alot like skin conditioner, if you always use it frequently, and then completely stop using it your skin would be dry bc it has built sort of a dependency. from what I have seen having lived in maine my whole life, the best thing you con do is either never use it, and do what you can about staying out of the sun, or use it frequently and keep it well conditioned. I have never heard the tranny fluid gig.... sounds pretty funny however I have heard and have tried using sun tan lotion.....beleive it or not, it looks good however, it is a little greasy when it gets hot, so don't use it on the steering wheel you'll be sorry.
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