FAQs—Chevrolet Dash Cover
- 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.
3-Step Guide to Mount Your Chevrolet Dash Cover
Your dashboard is a cool feature of your Chevy, but it is regularly exposed to direct sunlight, dust, and human misuse. To protect your investment, Chevrolet dash covers keep your cockpit looking stylish while preventing fading and cracking. These covers are custom-fitted for specific make, model, and year; at the same time, take note of the vents, speakers, sensors, and other navigation systems. This task is easy to do and can be completed in an hour.
Required skill level: Novice
Tools and materials needed:
- Dash Cover
- Scissors or sharp utility blade
- Ruler or plastic spatula
Cleaning and setting up for mounting
Wipe and clean the whole dashboard area thoroughly to remove dusts and vinyl protectants. Use a denatured rubbing alcohol or mild detergent to effectively remove polishes, waxes, and other preservatives.
Preparing the dash cover
Lay flat the Chevrolet dash cover across the dashboard, overnight if possible. Check and align your vehicle's sensors, vents, and other systems with the markings or cut-outs. If needed, use a ruler or a plastic spatula to push and tuck the cover between the windshield and dash. To speed up the shaping procedure, fold, crease, and bend the material to assist contouring it to the shape of the dashboard. If the markings or perforated holes seen underside the dash cover have not been cut out yet, use scissors or a sharp utility blade to cut out the openings.
Attaching the dash cover
Make sure the dashboard surface is clean and free from any protective wax or coating. Cut the included self-adhesive hook fasteners into half-inch or one-inch strips. Then, position the fasteners where they are needed on the dashboard. Peel off the protective layer from each tab and press in position for about 10 seconds. Check placement while lining up the Chevrolet dash cover to the vents and other openings. If you want to shift a tab, slowly and carefully peel it away from the dashboard to avoid ruining the vinyl. Freely add more hook fasteners to secure the cover in place.
Tips and warnings
- Lay out the dash cover in the sun or warmer vents to let it ‘warm up'. Warmer weather make it follow the dash's outline better, resulting in a smoother match and faster installation.
- The dash covers are made of porous fabric material that does not block or distort sounds coming from radio speakers. The porous material also stops light and harmful UV rays from reaching the surface of the dashboard.
- To prevent the front edge of the dash cover getting ripples between the vents and windshield, create tension on both sides by pulling on the dash cover and securing it with self-adhesive hook fasteners.
- If you purchase a molded-type dash cover, you do not have to unroll and pre-shape it. You can directly mount it on the dashboard.
- Do not put any fasteners in the airbag system area. The dash cover is designed to allow correct deployment of the airbag system. Cutting clearances have been made so as not to obstruct the passenger side airbag system.