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Old 07-02-2009, 09:32 PM   #1
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What do you use to clean your dash...and all of the plastics and vynal stuff? I've been useing armor all for as long as I can remember. But I don't like how it makes it super shiny, and was recently told it's bad for my dash.

I did a search and heard of this stuff made by 303 called Aerospace Protectant. but I don't really want to wait to order the stuff online. Is there anything decent to use that I can find at my local Wal-mart, or auto parts store?

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Old 07-03-2009, 12:31 AM   #2
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Boating and sports stores may have 303 Aerospace Protectant if you want it without waiting/paying for shipping. I don't know about your area, but over here in NY I've seen it in Eastern Mountain Sports and Cabela's.

Meg's makes some nice products as well, and they're more common. You can find them in any Autozone, Strauss Auto, Pep Boys, etc.

You've done your research, so I'm sure you know what kind of look you want -- some products are glossier, some are more matte.
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Old 07-03-2009, 03:23 AM   #3
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I would use Einszett Cockpit probably one of the best matte finish interior cleaner/protectants you can pick up.

Unfortunately its easy to be picked up online...
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:21 AM   #4
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I would also say with the years of petro build up (contents of armor all) that you now have a surface where good protectants like 303 are going to have a tough time bonding to. I would start some
1Z Einszett Plastic + Vinyl Cleaner 'Plastik-Reiniger


This will give you a good prep surface to actually protect your dash. From there I would say to use either 303 or Einszett Cockpit Premium as detailersdomain pointed out above. 303 is going to give you a tad more shine but both are great.

For OTC items Meguiars Quick Interior Detailer is pretty good if you want something as your supplies are coming in.

Finally, I would say not to skimp out. You invested a lot in your car so treat it right, and remember clean cars drive better
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:14 PM   #5
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Well, I went hunting today and searched Ace Hardware, Schucks, Auto Zone, and a couple of local sporting goods stores, and had no luck. The last place I checked was Cabela's and they had it! Kinda expensive, $15 a bottle, but hopefully it's going to be worth it. So if anyone has a Cabela's locally, they have it.

I just went over the whole interior with some regular cleaning wipes, then did another pass with a few damp microfiber towels. I think I got off all of the ArmorAll stuff because it's prett dull now. Now i'm going to go hit it with the 303 and I should be good.

Thanks everyone for the advice!

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Old 07-03-2009, 10:09 PM   #6
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I would use Einszett Cockpit probably one of the best matte finish interior cleaner/protectants you can pick up.

Unfortunately its easy to be picked up online...
I 2nd the Einszett cockpit cleaner! no shine just nice and clean the way it should be
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Old 07-05-2009, 06:02 AM   #7
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I 2nd the Einszett cockpit cleaner! no shine just nice and clean the way it should be
Yup, I use 303 for pretty much everything. But the top dash surface gets Einszett Cockpit -- best thing I can do short of flocking the dash I suppose. These two products are somewhat pricey, but they're worth it =)
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Old 07-05-2009, 04:18 PM   #8
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i use meguires to clean my interior. it dosnt leave it shiny like how most people like it, but i was never a big fan of shiny, or glossy on somthing that wasnt ment to do so. it dosnt attract dust like armor all does either which i absolutely love lol. i used to use armor all on my old car. sure it was nice but about a week or so later the dash was once again covered in dust. i use meguires on the subbie and even if i dont clean it for a month, (i got real lazy for a month for some odd reason) and still there was barely any dust on the dash. if you really want to know, jus try a few different products.
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Old 07-06-2009, 12:11 PM   #9
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A wash cloth with some warm water and a tiny drop of dish soap has always done the trick for me. It cleans, doesn't damage the surface, its not shiny, and its basically free.
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Old 07-06-2009, 12:33 PM   #10
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Armor All, yuck!

Meguiar's M40
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:41 AM   #11
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What would you recommend if my 09 WRX dash has been shiny since I picked it up and I want it to be dull and non-reflective? I want to remove any trace of shine. I haven't tried paint thinner yet, but I will this weekend.
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:25 AM   #12
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What would you recommend if my 09 WRX dash has been shiny since I picked it up and I want it to be dull and non-reflective? I want to remove any trace of shine. I haven't tried paint thinner yet, but I will this weekend.
I would use Einszett Deep Cleaner to take all that grease off your dash

It will finish out matte.
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:22 PM   #13
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Thanks, I may try it, but I don't think the car had any grease on it when I picked it up new.
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Old 11-15-2009, 04:07 PM   #14
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Armor All is garbage I agree!
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armorall interior or even their leather protection works pretty well
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armorall interior or even their leather protection works pretty well
+1 for Armor all.
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:17 AM   #17
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I'm all for 303 Aerospace, it works great for a matte finish while leaving a smooth, dry feeling. Dust doesn't collect at all for months and I really enjoy knowing there's legitimate UV protection. I would also try detailersdomain's suggestion for Einszett Cockpit just because they are a very reputable shop and I trust them completely.

I am -100000000 for Armor All. I know back in the day the silicone spray/release agents would dry out plastic/vinyl pretty quickly without constant reapplication. Since then the formula has been changed, but it still leaves everything with way too much of a sheen and a gross oily feeling. The composition of the product still can't be the best thing out there. I guess if you want that show car look, fine, but in my opinion, Armor All doesn't seem to have any sort of functionality or protection.
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:34 AM   #18
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I had good results with Poorboy's natural look dressing. Very low gloss and no stickiness.
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:47 PM   #19
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A wash cloth with some warm water and a tiny drop of dish soap has always done the trick for me. It cleans, doesn't damage the surface, its not shiny, and its basically free.
me too, but I skip the soap.
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Old 11-16-2009, 05:26 PM   #20
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I am able to get 303 aerospace at a local auto parts store, so that's what I have used. I figured it was somewhat easy to come by. Maybe I am just lucky that they supply it.

I would like to try the Einszett though.
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:14 PM   #21
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maguires makes an quick interior detailer with no shine and NXT Tech protector both work great the protector has a little shine but nothing like armor all.

Here is a link to the products

http://www.meguiars.com/estore/product_list.cfm?sectionname=Consumer%20(Meguiar's %20Brand)%3ECar%20Interior%20Care%3EVinyl/Rubber/Plastic%20Protectants&sectionID=12101
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:19 PM   #22
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^^^^ ....I found Meg QID quite similar to 1Z CP. Although CP is my favorite of the two, I like and use both.
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:22 PM   #23
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Get the 1Z cockpit its great.
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Old 11-18-2009, 07:51 PM   #24
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Try Tuff Stuff, It what my detailing shop uses
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Old 11-19-2009, 12:29 PM   #25
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I really like the Meguiar's Quick Interior detailer spray.
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