View Full Version : Dash Protectants harmful

Jul 1st, 2017, 07:14 PM
I have a question about dash protectants in general. How can we tell that whatever is being put into the dashboard and surrounding panels is not being absorbed and doing long term damage?
I'm no chemist, so I'm not qualified to say why I think this, but it just seems like every time I put natural shine on my dashboard (every few months), it's getting slightly greasier each time. In addition, I've heard several stories on the interwebs that any and all protectants get absorbed into the dash vinyl, and begin to break down the layers of underlying foam in the intense heat.

I have two scenarios - the steering wheel airbag cover on my 1996 cougar (which is vinyl) and the dashboard of my 1998 eclipse. Both interiors are in very good shape, but have developed issues.
I use natural shine on both of them every few months. The airbag cover has begun to develop a few spots where the vinyl is flaking. The spots are very small, but are increasing in number nonetheless. On the eclipse, a large bubble has developed on the dashboard above the instrument cluster. This could be perfectly reasonable considering their age and I'm not blaming natural shine, but how can I be sure the ethoxylated alcohols and petroleum distillates (listed on the bottle as ingredients) are not contributing to the breakdown of the surfaces? I do however love the muted shine it gives, so I'd hate to stop using based only on suspicion and anecdotal evidence.

The last thing that made me real nervous was an amazon review (which unfortunately has been deleted) for someone who used it on their 2008 Lexus. They claimed the soft touch rubberized finish begin to peel and flake 6 months after using it, but in the previous years of owning the car, everything stayed in good shape with just a damp microfiber towel.

Thanks for reading my wall of text. I'll be posting a pic of my detailed cougar soon.

Jul 4th, 2017, 06:10 AM
FWIW, I use Quik Interior Detailer on the dash of my vehicles and have for many years. I regularly use this on my 1991 Toyota MR2 and on my 2004 and 2014 Lexus RX 330&350 with no damage, good cleaning and UV protection. I don't use other products on the dash as I can't stand the glare that can be caused by products that leave any gloss.

Like you, I'm concerned with the longevity of the material I apply this on, especially on my 26YO MR2. So far I'm very pleased.

Jul 4th, 2017, 08:53 AM
Thanks for the reply.
Yeah, when you have a car thats 20+ years old, you want to make sure whats you're putting on the dash isn't causing more harm then good. I might pick up a bottle of QID just to see how I like it.

Jul 5th, 2017, 04:07 AM
Just chiming in...have two older vehicles, 2000 Subaru and an '04 Chev truck. I have used M-40, Natural Shine and Ult Interior Cleaner since they were new and have had absolutely no adverse problems.

Prior to the introduction of both Natural Shine and Ult Interior, M-40 was ALWAYS my go to for interiors.

Just my 2

Nick Winn
Jul 5th, 2017, 01:10 PM
Welcome to MOL CougarXR7!,

These are great discussions & concerns to bring up! I am not a chemist either but I do know that our Natural Shine & Supreme Shine Protectants have been widely popular for many years, and have lots of raving fans with great success stories. They are actually especially popular because they are formulated to help condition & preserve vinyl, rubber, and colored plastic, and are not just for looks. They are also unique in that they dry to the touch & are not greasy.

Like you have mentioned, it is tough to narrow down exactly what can cause certain issues on various interior materials. It's also difficult to say exactly what has caused the particular problems for your cars. If it helps, we typically have found most issues relate to age of the material and/or the wear/tear it has had.

Hope this helps!