How to Restore Vinyl Dashboards

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Things You'll Need

  • Lint-free cloths

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Magic cleaning eraser

  • Automotive dashboard cleaner

  • Class cleaner

  • Baby oil

  • Paper towels

  • Dashboard protectant

A vehicle's dashboard is exposed to excess light and heat.

The dashboard of your vehicle takes a beating from heat, sunlight and dirt. Unfortunately, many people overlook their vehicle's dashboard when cleaning the interior of their car. Over time, your car's vinyl dashboard will become dull and dingy and require special attention to restore it to a like-new condition. Fortunately, you can keep your dashboard looking its best with a few items and a little work.

Step 1

Dampen a lint-free cloth with cool water. Wipe the vinyl dashboard with the cloth to remove surface dust and dirt.

Step 2

Remove ink from your vinyl dashboard by gently rubbing the marks with a cloth saturated in rubbing alcohol.

Step 3

Rub scuff marks off your dashboard with a damp magic cleaning eraser.

Step 4

Spray an automotive dashboard cleaner on a clean, lint-free cloth. Wipe the vinyl dashboard with the cloth. Start at one end of the dashboard and work your way toward the other end. Alternatively, use automotive cleaning wipes to clean the dashboard. Scrub any stuck-on debris with the cloth.

Step 5

Spray glass cleaner onto a clean, lint-free cloth. Clean the coverings on the odometer and other indicators. Apply baby oil to a paper towel. Rub the indicators' coverings with the saturated paper towel to cover scratches.

Step 6

Apply a dashboard protectant to a clean, lint-free cloth. Rub the protectant into the dashboard to add a coating that will help prevent scratches, marks and excess heat damage.


Amanda Flanigan

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.