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Dash Cover Installation Guide

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Extreme heat is not only bad for you, but it’s also bad for your car, especially the parts that are directly exposed to intense sunlight. Your dashboard, in particular, can crack if it’s constantly hot, and few things ruin the look of an interior faster than a cracked dash.

A dash cover is a vital accessory that protects your dashboard from the adverse effects of extreme temperatures and general wear and tear. It can even hide unsightly spots or cracks on your dash if you aren’t ready to replace your dashboard with a new one just yet. Learn how to install a dash cover using the guide below.

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1. Preparing Your Dashboard


Remove dust, debris and any dashboard material that has broken loose. For better adhesion, clean the surface with an ammonia-based glass cleaner. Apply the cleaner to a clean microfiber cloth to protect the surrounding areas from overspray.

2. Dry Fitting Your Dash Cover


Before you apply the adhesive, place your new dash cover directly over the existing dashboard to check fit and alignment. Make sure your airbag, sensors and vents are clear. In some cases where the dashboard has shifted due to heat or damage, minor trimming may be required.

3. Securing Your New Dash Cover


For the best results, use professional RTV clear silicone, which is designed to work on plastic, wood, rubber, fiberglass, etc. as specified by the manufacturer. Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions for materials used in the installation.


Enjoy your sleek, newly resurfaced dashboard!

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