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preparing for carbon fiber dash install... #412437 Mar 6, 5:54pm Mar 6, 5:54pm
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preparing for carbon fiber dash install...
ok i put the meguiars nxt protectant on my interior at least once every two weeks. im about to install my carbon fiber dash.. what would be good to clean my dash with so the new one will stick good?

Re: preparing for carbon fiber dash install... [Re: 2003cbgts] #412438 Mar 6, 6:09pm Mar 6, 6:09pm
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rub you dash with a piece of cloth and alcohol. You can also wash it thoroughly with joy dish washing soap.

Re: preparing for carbon fiber dash install... [Re: 2003cbgts] #412439 Mar 7, 1:09pm Mar 7, 1:09pm
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Originally Posted by 2003cbgts
ok i put the meguiars nxt protectant on my interior at least once every two weeks. im about to install my carbon fiber dash.. what would be good to clean my dash with so the new one will stick good?


Any protectant like mequiars or armorall is a bad thing when you're doing a c/f dash kit install. The adhesive needs to be able to stick to the surface of your dash, not to the protectant that's ontop of the dash. Wipe your dash down with some alcohol and make sure you get all that stuff off first.


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Re: preparing for carbon fiber dash install... [Re: XxMerlinxX] #412440 Mar 7, 1:20pm Mar 7, 1:20pm
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The directions for my kit advised the use of a product called "3M Prep Solvent 70" and not alcohol for the following reasons:

"You recommend using 3M Prep Solvent 70 to clean the dash before installation. Why can't I use alcohol?

Alcohol, soap and water, and other general cleaners are not recommended for installation of our kits. 3M Prep Solvent 70 cuts through the silicon based protectants and cleaners such as Armour-All. This is especially important if you recently purchased your car from a dealership that has detailed it for sale. By not using 3M Prep Solvent 70 for installation, you are risking fouling out the adhesive tape on the back of the kit (making the adhesive no longer sticky). If a dash is cleaned thoroughly with 3M Prep Solvent 70, your kit pieces will adhere to the dash far longer than your car will actually run.

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I can't find 3M Prepsolvent 70 anywhere. Can I use an alternative, or can I buy it from you?
While we don't recommend another product specifically by name for cleaning your dash, you can use a chemical equivalent cleaner recommended by your local auto paint store. So long as the cleaner is a chemical equivalent, meaning the same active chemicals in the alternative are found in 3M Prep Solvent 70.

Superior Dash does not sell 3M Prep Solvent 70 directly, however, you can purchase the cleaner at 3M's online web site at http://www.3m.com/US/auto_marine_aero/index.jhtml , click on Online Store, then type Solvent 70 in the Search box. You will be taken to a page where you can select the cleaners to purchase."

http://www.superiordash.com/faq.html#Quest2

Imho, it might take a little longer to get and cost a few bucks for the 3M stuff but to me it was worth it to not the run the risk and mess of an install gone bad.

Re: preparing for carbon fiber dash install... [Re: GTS2003BLK] #412441 Mar 7, 2:05pm Mar 7, 2:05pm
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I justed 1st wiped it donw iwht soap and water, then rubbed it down with alchohol. Worked like a charm. jsut dont touch the dash or the adhesive because the oils on ur hands can mess it up thumbsup

Re: preparing for carbon fiber dash install... [Re: hombredelassrtas] #412442 Mar 7, 2:10pm Mar 7, 2:10pm
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clean it with dishsoap and warm water, then use rubbing alchohol.

Re: preparing for carbon fiber dash install... [Re: spaztikid] #412443 Mar 7, 5:19pm Mar 7, 5:19pm
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Post pics of your dash when done


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Re: preparing for carbon fiber dash install... [Re: mrluilou] #412444 Mar 7, 11:25pm Mar 7, 11:25pm
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Trust me, alchohol is fine. As long as you use a little elbow grease if you have a lot of protectant on there, you'll be fine. thumbsup


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Re: preparing for carbon fiber dash install... [Re: XxMerlinxX] #412445 Mar 8, 3:06pm Mar 8, 3:06pm
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cool thanks guys... looke like soap and water, then alcohol. i wont get the kit till friday, so ill probaly do it a couple times just for shits and giggles thumbsup

Re: preparing for carbon fiber dash install... [Re: 2003cbgts] #412446 Mar 8, 8:26pm Mar 8, 8:26pm
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i love mine it looks awesome. i get a lot of compliments on it also.

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