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Hmmm dashboard shine 156

hi guys does anyone know how to get a good finish on there late 156 dashboard its got a strange finish a sort of rough surface that my 2001 156 didnt have , i always got a good shine with silicone products but i havent been able to find something that gives it a good shine
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Re: dashboard shine 156

A Friend of mine was working at a valeting place a while back now, he used something that gave it a lovely shine, not sure what though. I shall investigate
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i use the turtle cockpit polish.

its the 'premium' or 'professional' or whatever. green and silver can (full range of stuff) available from halfords
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I'm not keen on the ultra shiny silicone type polishes; if used on the dash, they tend to reflect badly onto the windscreen on a sunny day, obscuring forward vision.
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I agree with Super, you don't want a shiny finish on the dash.
It is mat for a reason.
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Use megs all purpose cleaner as this gives very good results
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Wonder wheels do a trim and tyre shine which is very good. If buffed properly it doesn't give that ****ty looking mega shiny finish.put into a trigger spray bottle and buff with a microfibre cloth for best results in my experience.
156 dash looks good when it's clean but a complete pain in the posterior to keep that way being a kind of 'elephant skin' finish.
Incidentally - I have noticed that some early and very late 156's have a different dash finish - much smoother. Why???
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Re: dashboard shine 156

cheers guys iam going to pop up halfrauds now give the turtle wax product a go , will report back with the results,
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I'd also endorse these. Quick, easy and do the job.
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Re: dashboard shine 156

i recommend Poorboy's 'Natural Look'. it is water-based, provides a very nice deep lustre to the black, and does not give off that oily film onto the windscreen like ArmorAll will.

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and it smells like bubblegum.


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Chemical Guys "Silk Spray Shine" is a safe if pricey bet. Long asting finish too, unlike the "wipes".
 
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Re: dashboard shine 156

I use the Simoniz spray..

The 155 has a smooth(ish) dash... so it suits shiny better than matt... but that "elephant hide" finish in the '56 and '47 .. I dunno.. I'd try to keep that matt, I think.


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Just my personal preference of course, but why make your dash shiny? I think it looks a bit pants to be honest. If you want to literally keep it looking 'as new' and not gunky, a quick wipe over with your damp chamois when you've finished washing the car keeps it that way. I guess if your dash gets regularly covered in baby vomit or fizzy drink from exploding cans, you might want it shiny of course...
 
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Soap flakes, warm water and a damp cloth. No need for fancy stuff when it comes to the anti glare dashes
 
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Re: dashboard shine 156

I had exactly the same problem when I upgraded from a 1999 156 V6 to the 2004 (facelift) V6 Ti. It has a very rough elephant hide type of finish which is completely different from the old pre-facelift finish.

I use Meguiars Dash & Trim Foam on a M/F to clean and condition the surface. I do this approx once a month. Once a week I give it a wipe with an Interior QD Instant Wipe.

The surface stays matt but has a nice clean streak free finish.
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Use Einszett Cockpit Premium:

Clean and Shiny Store - Einszett Cockpit Premium (Powered by CubeCart)

It's the real deal, doesn't make it horrible and shiny. Apply using small foam applicators, with a bit of elbow grease you will get the original (unshiny) finish. Was recommended to me by a professional detailer.

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i recommend Poorboy's 'Natural Look'. it is water-based, provides a very nice deep lustre to the black, and does not give off that oily film onto the windscreen like ArmorAll will.

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and it smells like bubblegum.

Just done this job today with Poorboys. What a nightmare, took a while to try and get it even. I think it might have been due to the fact it's probably never been done on the car, or if it has it's been a long time, never in my ownership anyway. I've been putting it off as I was worried about getting an uneven finish due to the "elephant hide" texture. Hopefully if I do it in 6 weeks time, then it might be easier as I'd hope the dash will absorb less.
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Amclean, I see this is a "bump" from a very old thread.

Since posting I have discovered the wonders of Aerospace 303 which has been spoken about many times over the past few months on other threads. I cannot speak highly enough about this product.

I too was a bit concerned about the "elephant hide" finish on the facelift/GTA models and how it would look and I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of application and smooth natural finish.
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what's put me off the 303 is the price, but i suppose you get what you pay for.
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what's put me off the 303 is the price, but i suppose you get what you pay for.
Definitely.
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Amclean, I see this is a "bump" from a very old thread.

Since posting I have discovered the wonders of Aerospace 303 which has been spoken about many times over the past few months on other threads. I cannot speak highly enough about this product.

I too was a bit concerned about the "elephant hide" finish on the facelift/GTA models and how it would look and I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of application and smooth natural finish.
I've got AS 303 Spriongbok, but I really only use it for dressing plastics under the bonnet, never considered using it for the dash. Does it leave a matt finish then on that dash?
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Yes, it leaves a non-sticky, matt (like new) appearance.
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I cannot believe you WANT a gloss finish. Companies employ people to ensure the gloss level is low for quality appearance and also grain to avoid dangerous reflections.Grain also obscures highlight on distorted mouldings and "sink marks " where there are brackets etc moulded into back of plastic parts.
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