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Old 07-16-2012, 03:59 AM
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Z-4 Cleaning the dash

The material used on the Z4 dash is bumpy & coarse. How do you clean this? I found out paper towel don't work as the material tend to shread the paper towel. A lint free cloth doesen't work either as the material will pull out threads in the cloth. I assume armour-all is about the only product that would work. Trying to apply it & keep it off the glass is the problem
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:35 AM
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Armour-all wipes

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Old 07-16-2012, 06:30 AM
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I don't use Armour All. Every dash I used it on ended up cracking.

I use Vinylex or Mequiars. And I bought a box of T-shirt scraps that seems to work fine on all my cars (no Z4 though).
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:59 AM
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:20 AM
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The material used on the Z4 dash is bumpy & coarse. How do you clean this? I found out paper towel don't work as the material tend to shread the paper towel. A lint free cloth doesen't work either as the material will pull out threads in the cloth. I assume armour-all is about the only product that would work. Trying to apply it & keep it off the glass is the problem
I agree, it is almost as if BMW wanted to make it impossible to clean the dash and doors on the Z-4.

For cleaning I use plain water on a micro-fiber cloth, rub gently in a circular motion. I use Armor-all original shine as it isn't glossy and doesn't leave the dash blotchy, I apply it with a foam applicator, again rubbing gently in a circular motion the go over it with a damp MF cloth to even it out and remove any excess, if you take your time the dash will not rip apart the applicator or the MF cloth.

The only problem I've ever had with Armor-all is that on hot days it will evaporate and cloud up the windows but I haven't found anything that doesn't, I've never had a dash crack using Armor-all, I used it on my '89 Mustang for the 17 years I had it with no issues, the interior still looked like new when I sold it.

I'm taking a risk here mentioning Armor-all products as it seems the preferences of Bimmerfest posters can be stronger than political preferences and can lead to some heated debates.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:20 AM
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Nor have I ever had a dash crack from Armor-all but it does tend to cloud the windows, but then Lexol (for use on the leather seats) will do the same. If you find a product that works, stay with it. Some products are not offered all over the United States, so work with whatever works best.

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Old 07-17-2012, 07:53 AM
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Not a strong preferemce, just pointing out my experience.

If you are getting clouding on the windows, you are overusing the product. The Vinylex does not do this, nor does the Spinneybeck I use on the seats.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:16 PM
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Not a strong preferemce, just pointing out my experience.

If you are getting clouding on the windows, you are overusing the product. The Vinylex does not do this, nor does the Spinneybeck I use on the seats.
Where can one buy "Vinylex" and "Spinneybeck"? Thanks for your help.
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Old 07-18-2012, 03:24 AM
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To buy Spinneybeck: http://leatherz.com/Merchant5/mercha...arCareProducts

Leather Maintenance - A Step-by-Step Guide: http://www.leatherz.com/leathercare2.htm

Vinylex is available at local auto stores, amazon, or autogeek.net

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Old 07-18-2012, 05:57 PM
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I don't use Armour All. Every dash I used it on ended up cracking.

I use Vinylex or Mequiars. And I bought a box of T-shirt scraps that seems to work fine on all my cars (no Z4 though).
I had 2 dashes crack on me after using Armour All on them for 5 years or so in the '90s. Hopefully they have changed the formulation since then to be a bit more plasticizer friendly.
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:45 AM
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I use Maguires quick interior detail with a microfiber cloth and don't have any issues getting to the dash and I use their leather cleaner as well on the C/F Leather dash and seats, my leather mesh wind screen. Never have known of armorial to cloud a window though, but I stopped using that product on vehicles 20 years ago. Maguires makes a very good selection of quality products I have been happy with and they are readily available in most auto parts stores unlike some of the "High End" specialty products. Proof is in the longevity, my 04 pickup has light gray leather seats and they look as good today as when they were new.

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