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Old 11-26-2011, 02:41 PM
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Dash and Interior Plastic Care

Yes, I did a search, but did not find exactly the information I was seeking.

Are those of you with non-Nappa, rubberized/plastic F10 Dashes putting any product on the dash and other similar interior areas?

A damp towel cleans these areas fine. I prefer to avoid shinny dressings or dressings that will require constant re-application to look uniform, etc. I did not use anything on my E60, but then again my car was garaged at home and at the office.

I like Meguires' products so I know they have a dressing but I am just curious what the F10 experts are using!

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Old 11-26-2011, 03:16 PM
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I don't know that I'm any expert, but it's a damp clean towel for me as well to dust off the dash. I don't mess with vinyl dressings.
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:27 PM
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I like Lexol products. Their product for non-leather surfaces is Vinylex. It's not shiny like Armor-All (YECH). I use furniture polish on the wood trim.

For the Vinylex, spray it on a rag and then wipe the surface. If it splatters -- especially on the leather -- it's tough to get rid of the spots. (Ask me how i know! )
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:37 PM
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I use furniture polish on the wood trim.
FYI, the wood in our cars is coated with many coats of protective "plastic", I'm not sure that furniture polish does any real good. It's not like applying a product directly to wood, like fine furniture.
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:43 PM
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For the interior I love using Meguire's quick interior detailer - it has UV protectant on it and works well. I recently purchased the Einzett Cleaner and Protectant combo and love it. They leave a nice and natural finish and smell good too. I have also used 303 but it darkens the surface.
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Old 11-26-2011, 04:49 PM
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Meguiar's Interior Detailer. Then I go over the wood with a light coat of quick detailer.
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:38 PM
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I use a damp towel, as others mentioned.
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Meguiar's Interior Detailer. Then I go over the wood with a light coat of quick detailer.
This is unnecessary. The Meg's ID will do the trick.
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I like Lexol products. Their product for non-leather surfaces is Vinylex. It's not shiny like Armor-All (YECH). I use furniture polish on the wood trim.

For the Vinylex, spray it on a rag and then wipe the surface. If it splatters -- especially on the leather -- it's tough to get rid of the spots. (Ask me how i know! )
I used to use Vinylex. However after using Meg's Interior Detailer (thanks TJ ) I am a convert. It is even cleaner than the Vinylex.
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:47 PM
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Aerospace 303

Use it on my kayak hatches, S2000, F10 dash.

http://www.303products.com/

But wait for TJPark to respond as he will have the "gold standard"
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Interior Quick Detailer is safe for all interior surfaces, if you aren't the type to have 50 chemicals bottles in their garage. If you want to put something specific on the dash, I use VLR by mothers (it has a smell that some people don't like, but wears off), also like Optimum Leather Protectant as well (yes for the dash, it's made for vinyl and rubber as well, no smell). Both are similar in that they have a matte finish, and contain no silicone so are not shiny.
303 and Vinylex will probably protect the dash the best in terms of sun damage, but both exhibit a shine that some don't care for.




VLR on the right, nothing on the left:


The picture below show 3 levels of shine;
1.UIGP (Ultima Interior Guard Plus) matte finish that I like. (insanely expensive $40 bucks a botte)
2. No Dressing
3. 303 which will darken the dash in a way that I don't care for. (not bad it's just personal preference).
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Thanks all!

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Old 11-26-2011, 07:28 PM
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Vinylex all the way

Swiffer duster once in a while and vinylex in the summer for UV protection and treatment. No shine, no UV enhancement like with other products and a great long lasting natural look. Been using on my E39 in GA for 12 years and it looks like new today.

The swiffer is all you need most of the time. One or two Vinylex treatments a year will take care of the rest.
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:56 AM
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FYI, the wood in our cars is coated with many coats of protective "plastic", I'm not sure that furniture polish does any real good. It's not like applying a product directly to wood, like fine furniture.
I don't disagree with the coatings, but I find that the furniture polish leaves a smoother, silkier finish on the surface which also seems to shed dust better.
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:24 AM
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This is unnecessary. The Meg's ID will do the trick.
I use the Quick Detailer because it gives the wood a slicker feel when complete.

I had some very slight scratches in one area and used a mild Zaino polish and finished with the Quick Detailer. The scratches disappeared.
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Old 11-27-2011, 03:48 PM
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Swiffer duster and Dyson hand-held vacuum once a week. Been using these on my 2002 325i since....well 2002. dash board & wood trim have always look new and dust free for almost 10 yrs now. Continue to use same thing on my 2012 535i.....I hate chemical and greasy stuff in my vehicles. All they do are collect more dust.
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I use the same quick detailer I would use on the outside of the car. Meguires, sonus, werkstat all seem to work well for me.
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