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.
Items You May Need
- Glass cleaner
- Microfiber towel
- Masking tape
- Weights (e.g. paper reams, books or small sandbags)
- Cardboard wedges
- RTV silicone adhesive [included with Replacement dash covers!]
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.
- Clean and prep the underside of the dash cover.
- Add adhesive only around the openings and edges. It’s not necessary to glue the full underside of the dash, as this would restrict movement caused by temperature changes. Exercise care in applying an even amount of adhesive to minimize clean-up once pressure is applied.
- Place the dash cover on your dashboard. Align and secure it with tape, weights and wedges (placed between your windshield and dash cover) as needed. Wipe any excess adhesive that may squeeze out carefully and thoroughly. Let it sit overnight or for a minimum of 4 hours, or additional time if needed due to adhesive manufacturer guidelines and temperature conditions.
Enjoy your sleek, newly resurfaced dashboard!