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    Used 409 on Dashboard

    So my friend who loves his Infiniti G35 decided to clean his dashboard. With 409 & a paper towel.

    I'm new to all this detailing as well....but I know not to use stuff like 409 on my dashboard. It doesn't take a genius to figure that out.

    I'm actually helping him clean his interior & leather seats as well. Some minor detailing (i got the detailing bug thanks to MOL )

    Question: How harmful can 409 on the dashboard be? Do you recommend I simply use the QID to clean it out? Or go the extra step and use #39 (Heavy Duty Vinyl Cleaner)?

    Mike Phillips has mentioned that the QID has a light cleaning ability to it.

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    Re: Used 409 on Dashboard

    409 is harmful if the dashboard is not protected with a quality vinyl/plastic protectant afterwards. QID has some cleaning properties that gently lift stains without drying out the plastic/vinyl. Unlike household plastics, the dashboard is exposed to extreme temperature changes, UV rays, and other elements that can degrade the plastc quickly if it is not protected. Formula 409 is very harsh and can strip the UV protection from the plastic.

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    Re: Used 409 on Dashboard

    409 and fantastic will take off paint if it is wet in just a few minutes.

    It has A bunch of strong hydrocarbon solvents, also leaves a residue.

    Too much 409 can even cause some stressed interior parts to break or craze.

    It also can soften some plastics if used wet.

    Lots of other better cleaners- window cleaner is safer than 409 but should only be misted lightly.

    I imagine something like INTERIOR QUICK DETAILER or wet cloth with mild car wash dilluted would be suitable if you have nothing else.

    If you have a little crud build up, Simple Green can help if used moderately, you will want to clean off the surface again to remove the residues left.

    Keep in mind that cleaning paper cloth can be abrasive, so cloth is better.

    NO 409

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    Re: Used 409 on Dashboard

    409 is bad on plastic in cars.

    I remember in high school i used some because i was out of car-specific cleaner and it made the paint come of the plastic on a door panel. Bad stuff for interiors, probably cars in general.
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    Re: Used 409 on Dashboard

    Quote Originally Posted by retrofinisher View Post
    Keep in mind that cleaning paper cloth can be abrasive, so cloth is better.

    NO 409
    Good point. I personally use microfiber cloths (Target brand) on the interior. No paper towels!

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    Re: Used 409 on Dashboard

    Quote Originally Posted by ajb39oh View Post
    409 is bad on plastic in cars.

    I remember in high school i used some because i was out of car-specific cleaner and it made the paint come of the plastic on a door panel. Bad stuff for interiors, probably cars in general.
    What? The paint came off of the plastic? On the interior? Do you mean the exterior?

    Thanks for the input.

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    Re: Used 409 on Dashboard

    QID Would be a fine start. I would be more worried about putting some kind of a dressing back on it, hopefully it would get some oils back into the vinyl if it needed it.

    Something like Nxt Tech Protectant or Natural Shine are usualy available in most stores.
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    Re: Used 409 on Dashboard

    Get any 409 residue off as soon as possible. Then put some proper protectorant on there pronto. Good Luck.
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    Angry Re: Used 409 on Dashboard

    Yes, the interior. It was a 1987 Dodge D-50 Pickup. The light grey interior paint came off part of the dash and part of a door panel.
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    Re: Used 409 on Dashboard

    I used lemon pledge on my 73 Duster's dash board continually.
    It made the dash look and smell great.
    About a year or two later the dash started to develop cracks.

    Not sure if Mequiar's was around back then however they are now and Meguiar's products only touches my car's now!
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