FAQS—Toyota Dash Cover
- The adhesive on the dash cover won’t stick. I tried it a couple of times, but it just won’t work. What can I do about it? Should I call the store and have it replaced, or is there something I can do first to avoid the hassle of returning the purchased item?
The adhesive may not stick easily because of the protectant used on the dashboard as well as surface dirt or oil. Wiping the surface clean with rubbing alcohol usually works. You may also try cleaning the surface with mild detergent. If the adhesive still won’t stick, ask the store about the product and have it replaced if needed.
- I had to remove my old Toyota dash cover. Unfortunately, there’s still residual glue around the dash. I’m thinking of scraping this off with a razor or any similar tool, but I figured that this might ruin the surface and leave behind scratches on the dashboard. What would be a great way to remove the old adhesive safely?
Use some adhesive remover. Just make sure that the remover is safe to use on the dashboard. You may also try using soap and water or rubbing alcohol for wiping the surface clean. These usually work. They can help lift off the glue and make it easier to remove.
- I’m shopping for a vinyl dash cover. What sort of features should I be looking for? I want to find a reliable cover that will last, especially since I travel across different states and drive under different weather and road conditions.
A great option would be covers that are made of weather-resistant vinyl. The material should have UV inhibitors or treatment since the cover will most likely be exposed to the harsh sunrays pouring in from the windows and windshield. Look for covers that are crack-, fade-, and stain-resistant. These covers can withstand common wear and tear and typically last longer. The cover for your dashboard should be an exact fit so that all areas are protected from dirt, moisture, and heat. It should be made for the make and model of your vehicle. This cover will fit around the speakers and vents and won’t give you any trouble with the attachment.
- What’s great about the suede dash cover? My friend recommended this type of cover for the dashboard of my Toyota. He said that it’s better than others.
This cover gives you the look and feel of suede leather or fabric. This has a somewhat rich appearance. It may come in a wide selection of colors and may even be customized with logos and other designs. See to it that the pre-cut openings on the cover fit the dashboard components so you won’t have to trim the cover anymore.
- What’s the advantage of using a carpet dash cover? I’m considering getting this one. I just want to know first what makes it a better option than others.
Carpet dash covers provide not just the smooth looks of carpet; they also offer the best protection from UV rays, spills, dirt, and heat. A cover made of non-shrink needle-point carpet material can be a great option. Choose a color or shade that complements the interior so you’ll not just get optimum protection but also added style value for your vehicle.
- I’m quite torn. I’m not sure how to choose between a velour and carpet dash cover. What are the main benefits of using a velour cover?
Velour dash covers are well known for their plush comfort. They give you that richer, softer feel compared to other covers. These are great options if you want to add some luxurious touch or some neat accent to the interior. If you care not just about dash protection but also about comfort and elevated style, this can be the one for your vehicle.
- The old dash cover on my Toyota already looks dirty. What would be a great way to spot-clean the cover?
Vacuum the cover from time to time so that crumbs, loose dirt, and dust won’t collect and settle deep into the seams and the material, making the cover look shabby and faded. Don’t use chemicals for cleaning, as these may be harmful to the fabric or material. For spot-cleaning, washing with warm water usually works.
Practical Tips in Caring for Your Toyota Dash Cover
The sun's UV rays primarily cause damage to your Toyota's dashboard, so you installed a Toyota dash cover for protection. Now, it's the latter that is being beaten by the sun. And in due time, it would fade or crack, spoiling the stylish look of your car's interior. But with regular maintenance, the life of your dash protector will surely go a long way. Here are some tips in extending the life of your dashboard cover.
Although most of the dashboard covers available in the market today are UV-treated, intense sunlight would still make its way to win over the covers'fade resistance. In time, they will definitely lose luster. So, as much as possible, park your Toyota in shade. Parking areas within buildings are the best places to leave your vehicle in safety against the harsh sunlight. If the places that you regularly go to give you a hard time finding a nice shade, adjusting your travel time in order to get a good parking area is another option that you could try.
- Shield with UV sun shade.
If all your efforts of finding a dash-friendly parking area fail, handle sunlight by spreading across the windshield a quality UV sun shade before leaving your car in the parking lot. Make sure to find one that can cover the entire windshield so as no sunlight would be able to sneak in.
- Add a layer of protection.
Toyota dash covers come in various materials, including plastic. If you are using this type, applying a good polish will also help slow the fading process. Polish contains chemicals that diminish the effect of the sun's ultraviolet rays by acting as thin layer of shield. Aside from giving the dash cover some protection, a polish will surely make the dash look sparklingly clean.
- Keep drinks and foods away.
The mat type Toyota dash cover is more susceptible to unwanted elements such as liquid spills and food crumbs. They can leave truly nasty smell and unsightly stains. And so, do not set your favorite soda and sandwich on the dash cover. As much as possible finish your meal outside your car first before hitting the road. This way, even the carpet is not going to catch any of those. Besides foods and drinks, greasy car tools and inky pens can also ruin your dash cover, so never lay them over it.
Nothing beats regular cleaning when it comes to caring for your dash cover. Dusting over a polished plastic dash cover daily is a nice way to start. If you were not able to do so for about a week already, a slightly damp clean cloth will be your dependable partner. Spray it with a little amount of cleaning agent, and then, work your way on wiping all areas of the dash cover. Wipe again with dry clean cloth so as to undo streaks that were left behind. And then, finish with a polish. On the other hand, keeping a dash cover, which is made of fiber, clean requires regular vacuuming. If stained, spot cleaning is recommended instead of the regular washing wherein detergent is being used.