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A combination of high temperatures and exposure to sunlight can cause the surface of some Dashboards to become sticky/melted, have a shiny appearance, emit a noxious chemical smell (similar to burned toffee) and ooze a yellowish adhesive compound that is sticky to the touch. Despite otherwise being pleased with their vehicles, owner's recognize that the deterioration of their Dashboard may be dangerous and reduce resale value.
The Sticky Dash Fix is an effective, easy and permanent two-step, do-it-yourself Dashboard repair solution.
Step 1. A Surface Cleaner, formulated to quickly and easily remove sticky plasticizers, dirt and debris, is applied to prepare the Dashboard surface.
Step 2. A Surface Coating is applied which bonds to the Dashboard surface to form a thin, yet strong and flexible membrane, which after a number of light coats, effectively seals the surface.
Exposure to sunlight, heat and perhaps high humidity can cause the adhesive used to bond the layers to liquify and migrate downwards into the foam layer or upwards through the dashboard outer fabric. The outer fabric softens and expands when heated providing a "path of least resistance" for the adhesive to escape. This is most evident in the areas of the dashboard closest to the windscreen glass. Overtime, if not treated, the strong adhesive begins to soften and destroy the outer fabric of the dashboard. Just touching the soft sticky surface can leave indentations and gouges.
Putting visual aesthetics to one side - exposure to sunlight and warm weather initiated the defect, but Once the defective adhesive migrates through the top-layer of dashboard material and pools on the surface, there is an aggressive chemical reaction that takes place, over time, between the defective adhesive and the plasticizers in the soft-feel, thin, top material - accelerating the degradation and destruction of the dashboard layers, resulting in softness, gouges and cracking. The defect doesn't rest over the cooler months - if simply covered with a dash-mat and left un-treated, this reaction, regardless of exposure to light or heat, continues to worsen over time.
A dash-mat may disguise the defect but will not rectify or protect the dashboard and may become stuck to the dashboard surface over time and damage the top material layer when lifted or removed.
A dash-mat may draw attention to the issue for Buyer's/Seller's
Each Sticky Dash Fix kit includes: 125ml bottle of Surface Cleaner with atomizer, 125ml bottle of Surface Coating, 2 foam applicator brushes, gloves and detailed instructions.
The Surface Coating is a permanent product - however, every dashboard will be in different in condition. The same applies to the various makes and models affected by the defect. The chemical reaction occurring on some dashboards can be very aggressive and over the long term, may require additional coats or touch-ups. Some areas closest to the windscreen and the instrument hood may require more coats to permanently overcome the adhesive.
We recommend retaining left-over product in case touch-ups are required in the future.
No. The Surface Cleaner is formulated to help remove dirt, hairs and debris from the dashboard surface before applying the Surface Coating. The surface may temporarily no longer feel sticky, but won't neutralize the defective adhesive.
No. Cleaning the dashboard with alcohol and strong solvents will dry-out the top layer material of the dashboard and may result in cracking over time.
This will depend on the condition of your Dash, more light coats will need to be applied to the areas closest to the windscreen. The areas around the windscreen demister vents are normally the most effected.
We don't have a particular preference for a particular brand of filler - Any water-based, flexible filler from a hardware store should be fine.
The Surface coating can be mixed in with a water-based filler to increase flexibility and compatibility.
Apply the coating to the worst effected areas first. Once dry, the area will feel less sticky with each coat and will feel dry and smooth to touch once sufficient coating has been applied. On the next warm day, check that the Dash is dry and apply more coating if you have missed a spot or the surface is still tacky.
The coating is colour-matched for each models Dashboard because many effected Dashboard become discoloured and may have a patchy brownish appearance and the colour pigment, greatly reduces light penetrating the Dashboard surface.
No. The Surface Coating is a water-based and odorless once dried. The formulation is non-toxic and non-flammable.
We don't recommend applying a dressing over the repaired dashboard surface.
Most certainly! Prevention is always better than a cure in delaying or avoiding this defect.
We stumbled across the sticky/melting dashboard problem by chance, in April 2018 and drew on our experience in formulating specialty coatings for the additive manufacturing (3d printing) industry. We already produced a coating which helps preserve delicate multi-material poly-jet additive manufactured objects, which can also become sticky when exposed to U.V. light, heat and moisture and noted the similarities to the sticky dash problem. We did however, underestimate the chemical resistance of the defective adhesive and early on, needed to switch resin system. The final formulation has undergone hundreds of hours of testing in both the United States and Australia, including extreme heat cycles and exposure to multiple sources of radiant heat, even high pressure steam.
Our products were originally developed for the 3d printing (additive manufacturing) industry to restore and protect complex multi-material 3d printed medical models and rapid prototypes which are susceptible to light and moisture (humidity).