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Old 09-01-2006, 03:08 PM
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Unhappy Black Dash Sun Fading Advice?

Anyone had any luck correcting sun fading on a flat black dash? I bought my X5 with 28K miles on it so I have no idea what was used to clean the dash prior to me. The dash has several areas of light sun fading overall but some small areas even have slight traces of a whitish residue that I cannot seem to get off. It's driving me nuts as I see it every day...It almost seems as if the dash needs some light dying... Any advice on tricks how to get her back to the new black coloring she used to be?

I've tested soap & water, Thinned Simple Green, Meguiars cleaning wipes & Mother's back in black. So far nothing has completely removed/restored the dark black finish.

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Old 09-01-2006, 03:40 PM
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I haven't had a problem with dash fading (57K miles).

Meguiar's Gold Class Vinyl & Rubber Protectant for cleaning.
Meguiar's Quick Interior Detailer for touchups.

Neither product leaves a shiny residue (I like to keep a matte finish on my dash) and both are readily available at Target, Kmart, Walmart, and car parts stores.
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Old 09-01-2006, 04:29 PM
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ouch, you put back to black on the top of the dash? ugh.... don't bother with any other product, it's probably ruined.
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Old 09-01-2006, 06:10 PM
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Thanks for the responses - Luckily I only tested a small spot in the corner where it isn't visible with the back in black. Just trying to various solutions for effect. The whitish coloring looks like the previous owner used a leather treatment of some sort but I still cannot get it off. I'm a big Meguiar's fan for exterior products so I'll try their rubber & vinyl treatment next. Thanx!
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Old 09-02-2006, 05:10 AM
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Stuff like leather cleaner and Armorall gets baked into a hard residue when applied to the dash. It's tough to remove because the surface is a rough texture. You might also try using a mild soap diluted with water (1 part soap/ 10 parts water) and use very soft bristle scrub brush like a baby's toothbrush to get at any tough residue spots, dry it, then apply your protectant afterwards. Use microfiber towels - it doesn't leave lint like cotton does.
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