Most modern dashes don't crack until well past their 1st decade. However - cleaner isn't necessary - just a good protectant. I use Clear Guard by Turtle Wax. I think it's silicone-based, and works great on the interior. It's not made any longer tho - it was replaced by this: http://waxdepot.safeshopper.com/50/538.htm?944
Just to 'wipe' it and prevent it from cracking later on.
-It has the highest UV protection at SPF 40.
-It doesn't leave a shiny armor all look. It has a matte type finish.
-It doesn't smell.
-It is really easy to apply, wipe on, let sit for a few minutes, wipe dry.
-It is good for ANY surface except glass and rugs. And I mean any surface. I use it on everything. Clear-coated sections of our seat, fake leather parts of our seat, dash, doors, panels, all rubber or rubber-type seals, wiper blades, practically everything in the engine compartment. Did I leave anything out?
You can find it locally in most marina stores or boat stores. I think Sears also sells it, but only in some locations.
Also, I highly recommend flying over to http://autopia-carport.com/
There are a lot of people who know everything about car care over there. Anything you could possibly imagine is available over there.
Here's something I posted over at a-tl.com and I think is worth posting here also, sorry for any who seen it already:
This is a good article from properautocare that pretty much sums it up for 303 on finished leather:
What does 303 do for leather?
303 Aerospace Protectant works on Finished Leather. "Finished Leather" is dyed the desired color and finished so it does not readily absorb water or other liquids. Auto upholstery and furniture are almost always finished leather. Absorbent leathers include deerskin, suede and chamois. If a drop of rain soaks in and makes a dark spot, it's absorbent leather and 303 Protectant is NOT for absorbent leather!
303 Aerospace Protectant softens hardening leather and leaves a natural, lustrous, repellent, non-oily finish. Similar to vinyl, finished leather is degraded by sweat, body oils, suntan and other oils & lotions. (Two extreme examples of this are tack (horse leathers) and exercise equipment. Before there was vinyl, the leather on exercise equipment was quickly destroyed by sweat and body oils. Now, sweat and body oils cause the vinyl to prematurely fail.)
303's super-repellent finish is crucial when it comes to finished leather. Besides protecting against sweat, body oils and lotions, 303'd leather is almost impervious to water & oil based staining agents. The major benefit is UV screening. 303 is the most powerful UV screening formulation is very effective on the dyes used in finished leather.
Honda was being both cheap and ingenious with the Civic/EL. The top of the dash is pretty much all molded hard plastic, so no worries about vinyl cracks! Yet it's done so well that it wasn't until 2 months after I bought the car, that I noticed it, as there is a very elegant seam/groove where the vinyl and plastic meet. It doesn't look as arbitrary as the seams I see on some other GM vehicles
but I dust it off wearing my anti-glare sunglasses
using a swifer towel.. picks up the dust off like a magnet..
and some compressed air into the dash cracks and stuff to get the dust that is in between..
no chemical sprays
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