- What benefits do I get if I install dash covers inside my vehicle?
A dash cover may seem like a luxury, but this nifty interior accessory provides many benefits. It’s designed to shield your dash from sunlight damage, dust, and dirt buildup, making interior maintenance an easier task. It can also help lower your car’s interior temperature since most covers are made from UV-treated materials. With the right cover, you can cover up minor scratches or dents on your dashboard, or even jazz up your interior without an expensive upgrade.
- I’m trying to remove my old Chevrolet dash cover, but I’m having difficulties uninstalling the cover and getting rid of leftover adhesive. Any tips?
Because a dash cover is usually held in place with an automotive grade-adhesive that’s similar to heavy-duty tape, you’ll need to use an adhesive remover. Once you’ve applied the remover, the adhesive will soften and allow you to easily pull out the cover. However, bits of glue might get stuck on the dashboard. To get rid of residual glue, wash the surface with soap and water. Then rub a cloth dipped in alcohol across the surface until every bit of adhesive is removed.
- I’m trying to attach a dash cover, but it won’t stick properly to the dashboard. What seems to be the problem?
Installation issues are usually caused by a dashboard that wasn’t properly prepped. Keep in mind that automotive adhesive strips won’t stick properly to a surface filled with dirt, grime, and residual glue. So before installing the cover, make sure you’ve properly washed and cleaned the dashboard. Wipe the surface down with rubbing alcohol to completely get rid of leftover glue or dirt.
- Is there a way to stop dashboard covers from fading?
Many dashboard covers today are UV-treated to increase their durability against UV damage. However, over time, these covers will fade due to daily sun exposure. To prolong the color of your cover, it’s best to use a sun shade for the windshield. This way, sunlight is completely blocked to prevent UV-caused fading and damage.
- Will a dashboard cover prevent my car’s airbags from deploying?
Your car’s airbags will still deploy properly even if the dashboard is covered with a mat. This is because covers nowadays are constructed with properly placed holes and windows for airbags. However, even if the cover you bought doesn’t have holes or flaps, the airbags will still work properly. These safety bags are designed to explode with great force that can’t be impeded by a simple carpet cover.
- What’s the best way to prevent stain build-up on my dashboard cover?
Regular spot cleaning, especially when you just spilled something on the cover, always works best. Simply use warm water and cover-friendly car soap to get rid of stains. It’s also best to use a car vacuum to suck out oily food crumbs as soon as possible to prevent oily marks. Avoid using chemical cleaners that can contain harsh ingredients since these products can cause premature fading and damage.
- What type of adhesive is usually used on dash covers?
Although the exact type depends on the manufacturer, the usual type of adhesive used is a clear, silicone type. Because this type is clear, it won’t easily show once the cover is installed. And because it’s silicone based, it can be used on a variety of dashboard materials.
- Can I machine wash my dash cover? What’s the most ideal way of cleaning my cover?
The best type of cleaning method basically depends on the type of mat material. If your cover is made of suede, never wash it using a machine. For best results, hand wash the cover with the right type of soap or cleaner. Never use any kind of bleach since this can cause the cover to prematurely lose its color. Also, avoid wringing the cover dry. Let it air dry completely after washing to prevent mold and mildew buildup. For carpet and polyester types, use a car vacuum first to get rid of contaminants before hand washing it. If you have to machine wash a carpet or polyester cover, wash it using cold water under low temperature settings.