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Old 09-29-2013
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Default Soft touch plastic dash.

Many cars have these dashes, is it classified as a vinyl?
My concern is restoring / relaxing it, and then maintaining.
in my 1994 Ranger the very edge above the radio is slowling lifting, It seems a tad harder than some of the other edges. In the Junkyard I have seen these lift! thus I want to prevent this and would like to get it to sit back where it was 20 years ago.

I also have a Merkur and these are prone to cracking right up the middle.

What can I use to relax these guys. I have always heard dont use ArmourAll, because it has silicon that makes some sort of magnifying layer that causes it to crack.

Does Mothers have something to help me.. or must I go elsewhere?

P.S. I hate dash covers!!
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Default Re: Soft touch plastic dash.

The best product is something like Mothers Protectant. This is intended to provide protection for plastic parts in your car -- hard or soft such as dash mterials.
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Old 10-26-2013
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Default Re: Soft touch plastic dash.

Hi,
I recently purchased a used Mitsubishi ASX.

The plastics on the dash, door cards and pillars were very dry, and I spoke with a detailer who recommended Mothers VLR.

I bought the VLR and treated all surfaces, then I read the back of the bottle, where it says not to use on plastic!

Have I ruined the plastics, do I need to immediately remove the VLR and replace it with another product (bit of a bastard, as it was $25!) or can I use the VLR on the plastics? (and if so, why does it warn against it)

Please help!

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I bought the VLR and treated all surfaces, then I read the back of the bottle, where it says not to use on plastic!
Are you sure you are reading the VLR bottle? I do not see any warnings on my bottle of VLR.
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Default Re: Soft touch plastic dash.

On the back, it has 4 things to note, and the second says:
2. Spray VLR on to a soft microfiber, terry cloth or suitable applicator, being careful not to overspray onto plastics, painted trim or window tint.

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Rick
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On the back, it has 4 things to note, and the second says:
2. Spray VLR on to a soft microfiber, terry cloth or suitable applicator, being careful not to overspray onto plastics, painted trim or window tint.

Cheers,
Rick
My bottle does not have that comment. I would think you not want it on clear plastics, glass, etc. since you would need a cleaner to remove it.
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Default Re: Soft touch plastic dash.

Sorry, my phone wont allow me to embed a pic!
Cheers,
Rick

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Default Re: Soft touch plastic dash.

The precaution on the revised label is a bit overly cautious, as we found some customers were not using it properly by leaving it wet on hard glossy plastics like the instrument cluster lens -- it's safe, so long as you buff it dry; otherwise it may leave a stain, as can any cleaner.
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No worries, thank you Admin!

So, as long at I dry it off/don't leave it wet, it is fine to use?

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No worries, thank you Admin!

So, as long at I dry it off/don't leave it wet, it is fine to use?

Cheers,
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Correct.
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