Re: [DML] dashboard cover [was: DeLorean Frames]
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Re: [DML] dashboard cover [was: DeLorean Frames]

It isn't heat that breaks down the chemical bonds in the vinyl, its
UV. Sunlight is deadly for plastic. I laugh at "lifetime warranty"
vinyl siding -- there's no way, without a coat of paint (which defeats
its purpose) that it won't get brittle and crack.

For real fun, leave a plastic toothbrush in the sun all day. I was
using an old one to scrub car parts once. By the end of the day it was
so brittle that the handle crumbled into dust. Whatever formulation is
used for toothbrushes can't handle UV at all. 

Sunlight also "bleaches" color out. In an older car the upholstery
exposed to sun is faded as well as cracked. It also turns plastic
light lenses cloudy. That's why I use car covers as well as dashmats
(which also become brittle from sunlight exposure and need to be
replaced every 5 years or so).

Bill Robertson

>--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "John Hervey" <john@...> wrote:
> Farrar, be careful that the mats don't act as a coat and it gets hotter
> under them and dries the dash out quicker. Also watch for any
chemicals in
> the matt doesn't bleed onto the dash. I had to get rid of mine
because of
> this even though the backing has large pores and it will breathe
easy. It
> was a Dash Mat also. Don't get me wrong they are good, but just
watch out. 
> John Hervey

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