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Chevrolet Cavalier Dash Cover

How to Care for and Maintain the Chevrolet Cavalier Dash Cover: 3 Essential Tips

The dash cover for the Chevrolet Cavalier can last anywhere from one year to as much as a decade depending on how well it is maintained. So if you want to avoid buying replacements for your Chevrolet Cavalier dash cover, here are some handy tips to follow:

  • Use a vacuum to remove any dust and dry particles from the dash.

Dash covers can quickly accumulate dust and debris especially if you often place items on it frequently, so regular vacuuming is a must to keep it top shape. For carpet dash covers, you can hook up a brush attachment to the nozzle or brush the surface of the dash cover with a carpet brush while vacuuming to lift up any particles that are deeply embedded in the cover fabric.

  • Make sure that the dash cover does not block an air vent or hands over the front edge of the dash.

If this occurs, it means that the dash cover is not properly aligned to the dash board. As a rule of thumb, the cover should be in line with the defroster vents to guarantee a proper centering. In some cases, this can often be fixed by pushing the cover further back between the windshield and the dashboard. You can use a putty knife or a stiff ruler to push from underneath the dash; do not use sharp objects as this may pierce the fabric.

  • Invest in a windshield sun shade to prevent the cover from fading.

Aside from dirt and stains, UV-ray damage is another major cause of wear in dash covers. Under constant exposure, the dash cover will gradually fade over time, especially if the cover has a dark color. So if you are parking under the sun, place a sun shade on the windshield to protect the dash cover. You'll also have the added benefit of reducing the unbearable heat of the car interior after several hours in the sun.

  • Remove coffee stains with lemon juice or vinegar.

There are reasons why it's not recommended to place coffee or other liquids in the dash, and spills are just one of them. And when this occurs in your dash cover, grab some paper towels and blot the stain out; do not rub as this will cause the stain to be absorbed faster by the fabric. Flush the cover with cold water, and apply a solution of lemon juice or vinegar to the stain using the sponge. The stain should come right off.

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  • 3 Helpful Tips to Use When Installing a New Chevrolet Cavalier Dash Cover

    A dash cover is a must have for any Chevrolet Cavalier. Aside from giving the dashboard a custom look, the dash cover also protects it against, dust, dirt, stains, scratches, and fading due to constant exposure to the sun. And installing one doesn't need a trip to a mechanic. Often sold as a kit, dash covers come with detailed instructions, so all you have to do is follow the instructions and you are set. We've also listed down the following tips that you can use when installing a Chevrolet Cavalier dash cover to help you achieve a perfect fit:

    Tip #1: Stick to custom dash covers.

    Although universal dash covers tend to be cheaper, they will not have a snug fit on the dash as compared to a custom cover. Also, since they are designed to be used on various models, universal dash covers will require more cutting and adjustments than their custom counterparts. So if you have the budget for it, a custom dash cover is a better investment in the long run.

    Tip #2: Let the cover "breathe" overnight.

    Dash covers are often rolled up to save space and minimize damage during shipping. So before installation, let your cover lie flat on the floor overnight to allow it to return to its original shape. You can also place heavy objects such as books onto the cover to help speed up the process; just make sure it won't leave marks or scratches on the surface.

    Tip #3: Clean the dashboard before installation.

    While dash covers keep the dashboard clean, the dash needs to be cleaned of dust and other contaminants before you can mount the cover. This is because dash covers are typically secured by a combination of Velcro and adhesive backing to prevent them from slipping, and if the surface is dirty the adhesive will not stick properly. Wax or polish left over from car upholstery protectant can also prevent the adhesive from sticking.

    Cleaning the dash cover is as easy as wiping the area clean with a soft cloth dipped in alcohol. If the dash has adhesive residue from an old dash cover, spray it with silicone-based lubricant and let it sit for several minutes before rubbing it off.