How to Restore a Car Dashboard

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How to Restore a Car Dashboard
Ensure the health of your car's dashboard by cleaning it on a regular basis. (sixteen image by Catherine PERARNAUD from

Vehicle dashboards get worn from the hot sunlight, dirt and cold weather conditions. The dashboard often gets overlooked when cleaning the inside of a car. If the dashboard is ignored, the vinyl can become dull, start to look dingy and may require extra attention to look like new. Before your dashboard deteriorates, there are a few items you can use to restore it to look like new.

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Things you need

  • Portable vacuum
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Toothbrush
  • Lint-free rag
  • Cleaning spray
  • Vinyl lubricant
  • Glass cleaner

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    Vacuum the dashboard when cleaning the car's interior. Portable vacuum cleaners with a nozzle attachment work well for this type of cleaning. The nozzle also will help better clean the dashboard's corners and other hard to reach places.

  2. 2

    Use a damp cloth to wipe the dashboard clean of dirt and grime. If your dashboard has been neglected for awhile, also use a soft cloth to clean any residue adhering to the vinyl finish. An old toothbrush also could be used.

  3. 3

    Use a dashboard cleaning spray with a lint-free rag to wipe the vinyl to a shine. Pick an end of the dashboard and start there, working your way to the other side. Allow the area to air dry.

  4. 4

    Apply a lubricant onto the dashboard. Put a bit of the lubricant on a cloth and rub it into the dashboard. Start at one end and work your way to the other side. The lubricant will provide a protective coating that will help prevent marks, scratches, and damage extreme temperatures may cause.

  5. 5

    Wipe glass parts using a glass cleaner and clean rag. Clean dirt from any glass screens. Do not apply the spray directly onto the car's parts. The liquid can run and short-circuit certain components.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure to exclude any cleaner that has abrasive chemicals like alcohol. Your car's dashboard is made with vinyl material and will be damaged if you apply corrosive chemicals.

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