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Old 15 Feb 2004, 02:02 pm
J. Perry
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Default Armor All on dashboard: Good or bad?

One of the young engineers in my department at work is regularly telling
people to avoid applying Armor All Protectant to their cars' dashboards. He
says that instead of preventing cracks in a car's dashboard it will actually
cause them. I've used Armor All on my vehicles' dashboards for 27 years and
have yet to experience a single crack in any of them to date. In fact, they
all looked like new when I sold or traded them. The dashboard on one of my
cars, a 1990 Nissan 300ZX that I still own, looks like new to this day.
There isn't the first indication that any cracking is about to occur within
any region of the car's dashboard. Or any other plastic parts that were
protected with Armor All shortly after I purchased the car. Have any of you
guys experienced dashboard cracking with your Honda, or other type of
vehicle, that you actually believe was caused by a protectant rather than
neglect from a previous owner or something? J. Perry


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Old 15 Feb 2004, 03:00 pm
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"J. Perry" wrote:
>
> One of the young engineers in my department at work is regularly telling
> people to avoid applying Armor All Protectant to their cars' dashboards. He
> says that instead of preventing cracks in a car's dashboard it will actually
> cause them. I've used Armor All on my vehicles' dashboards for 27 years and
> have yet to experience a single crack in any of them to date. In fact, they
> all looked like new when I sold or traded them. The dashboard on one of my
> cars, a 1990 Nissan 300ZX that I still own, looks like new to this day.
> There isn't the first indication that any cracking is about to occur within
> any region of the car's dashboard. Or any other plastic parts that were
> protected with Armor All shortly after I purchased the car. Have any of you
> guys experienced dashboard cracking with your Honda, or other type of
> vehicle, that you actually believe was caused by a protectant rather than
> neglect from a previous owner or something? J. Perry



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I nearly lost a cell phone out the window after using a protectant. Good
thing I saw it start sliding and lunged for it ! :-)


'Curly'

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Old 15 Feb 2004, 03:46 pm
L Alpert
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Default Re: Armor All on dashboard: Good or bad?

J. Perry wrote:
> One of the young engineers in my department at work is regularly
> telling people to avoid applying Armor All Protectant to their cars'
> dashboards. He says that instead of preventing cracks in a car's
> dashboard it will actually cause them. I've used Armor All on my
> vehicles' dashboards for 27 years and have yet to experience a single
> crack in any of them to date. In fact, they all looked like new when
> I sold or traded them. The dashboard on one of my cars, a 1990 Nissan
> 300ZX that I still own, looks like new to this day. There isn't the
> first indication that any cracking is about to occur within any
> region of the car's dashboard. Or any other plastic parts that were
> protected with Armor All shortly after I purchased the car. Have any
> of you guys experienced dashboard cracking with your Honda, or other
> type of vehicle, that you actually believe was caused by a protectant
> rather than neglect from a previous owner or something? J.
> Perry


Just avoid putting it on the steering wheel.


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Old 15 Feb 2004, 04:03 pm
E. Meyer
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Default Re: Armor All on dashboard: Good or bad?

On 2/15/04 2:02 PM, in article JfQXb.151$8Z6.6891@eagle.america.net, "J.
Perry" <j_perry@musicians.net> wrote:

> One of the young engineers in my department at work is regularly telling
> people to avoid applying Armor All Protectant to their cars' dashboards. He
> says that instead of preventing cracks in a car's dashboard it will actually
> cause them. I've used Armor All on my vehicles' dashboards for 27 years and
> have yet to experience a single crack in any of them to date. In fact, they
> all looked like new when I sold or traded them. The dashboard on one of my
> cars, a 1990 Nissan 300ZX that I still own, looks like new to this day.
> There isn't the first indication that any cracking is about to occur within
> any region of the car's dashboard. Or any other plastic parts that were
> protected with Armor All shortly after I purchased the car. Have any of you
> guys experienced dashboard cracking with your Honda, or other type of
> vehicle, that you actually believe was caused by a protectant rather than
> neglect from a previous owner or something? J. Perry
>
>


I've never had a dashboard crack with or without Armor All. I did have to
get a dashboard rug for a Nissan 240sx because the Armor All made it shine
instead of the original dull finish. As it turned out, the dullness was
necessary. Glare from the shiny dash reflecting onto the windshield made
the car all but undrivable in the day time. If you are going to use Armor
All, make sure your dash isn't designed to be intentionally dull (or use the
dull finish version of Armor All).

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Old 15 Feb 2004, 04:34 pm
Exeter
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"J. Perry" <j_perry@musicians.net> wrote in
news:JfQXb.151$8Z6.6891@eagle.america.net:

> One of the young engineers in my department at work is regularly
> telling people to avoid applying Armor All Protectant to their cars'
> dashboards. He says that instead of preventing cracks in a car's
> dashboard it will actually cause them. I've used Armor All on my
> vehicles' dashboards for 27 years and have yet to experience a
> single crack in any of them to date.


Well, who are you going to believe, your young engineer or your own
experience???? Did you really need to ask that question?
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Old 15 Feb 2004, 04:54 pm
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"J. Perry" <j_perry@musicians.net> wrote in message
news:JfQXb.151$8Z6.6891@eagle.america.net...
> One of the young engineers in my department at work is regularly telling
> people to avoid applying Armor All Protectant to their cars' dashboards.


So, which is older, your personal experience with the product, or the young
engineer? Besides, if you have not had any bad experiences, using this
product, why even consider the breeze coming out of your co-workers mouth?

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Brian
www.accesswave.ca/~orion






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Old 15 Feb 2004, 06:03 pm
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Default Re: Armor All on dashboard: Good or bad?

I do believe that a Saturn I used to own actually stated in the owners
manual, not to use protectents on the dash. I think it stated it would
remove a facotry coating on the dash? I don't have the car anymore, so
someone out there with a late 90's Saturn might be able to verify.


"Brian Smith" <Halifax@NovaScotia.Canada> wrote in message
news:bNSXb.2904$Ks6.29616@nnrp1.uunet.ca...
>
> "J. Perry" <j_perry@musicians.net> wrote in message
> news:JfQXb.151$8Z6.6891@eagle.america.net...
> > One of the young engineers in my department at work is regularly telling
> > people to avoid applying Armor All Protectant to their cars' dashboards.

>
> So, which is older, your personal experience with the product, or the

young
> engineer? Besides, if you have not had any bad experiences, using this
> product, why even consider the breeze coming out of your co-workers mouth?
>
> --
> Brian
> www.accesswave.ca/~orion
>
>
>
>
>
>
>



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Old 15 Feb 2004, 06:29 pm
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I have not seen any cracking in my dashboards using Armor All.

I do know one place you should NOT use Armor All and that's on a motorcycle
banana seat. Tried it once. Looked really nice but when I accelerated the
bike, I almost slid backwards off the seat.

Bearman


"J. Perry" <j_perry@musicians.net> wrote in message
news:JfQXb.151$8Z6.6891@eagle.america.net...
> One of the young engineers in my department at work is regularly telling
> people to avoid applying Armor All Protectant to their cars' dashboards.

He
> says that instead of preventing cracks in a car's dashboard it will

actually
> cause them. I've used Armor All on my vehicles' dashboards for 27 years

and
> have yet to experience a single crack in any of them to date. In fact,

they
> all looked like new when I sold or traded them. The dashboard on one of my
> cars, a 1990 Nissan 300ZX that I still own, looks like new to this day.
> There isn't the first indication that any cracking is about to occur

within
> any region of the car's dashboard. Or any other plastic parts that were
> protected with Armor All shortly after I purchased the car. Have any of

you
> guys experienced dashboard cracking with your Honda, or other type of
> vehicle, that you actually believe was caused by a protectant rather than
> neglect from a previous owner or something? J. Perry
>
>



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Old 15 Feb 2004, 06:43 pm
null_pointer@nowhere.com.net.edu.gov.de
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Default Re: Armor All on dashboard: Good or bad?

> One of the young engineers in my department at work is regularly telling
> people to avoid applying Armor All Protectant to their cars' dashboards. He
> says that instead of preventing cracks in a car's dashboard it will actually
> cause them. I've used Armor All on my vehicles' dashboards for 27 years and
> have yet to experience a single crack in any of them to date. In fact, they
> all looked like new when I sold or traded them. The dashboard on one of my
> cars, a 1990 Nissan 300ZX that I still own, looks like new to this day.
> There isn't the first indication that any cracking is about to occur within
> any region of the car's dashboard. Or any other plastic parts that were
> protected with Armor All shortly after I purchased the car. Have any of you
> guys experienced dashboard cracking with your Honda, or other type of
> vehicle, that you actually believe was caused by a protectant rather than
> neglect from a previous owner or something? J. Perry


When I bought a BMW motorcycle, I was told by several people at the
dealer NOT to put ArmorAll on the various rubber boots and covers
because they would deteriorate. Instead, I have been using silicone
spray since it's availibility for consumer use (early 70's I believe)
I use it on CV joint boots, muffler hangers, door seals, hoses, brake
fluid resevoir caps, etc. When I use it on the dash, I spray it onto
a cloth and let any solvent evaporate before applying. I never had any
problem with solvent damage, but prefer to err on the side of safety.

P.S. DO NOT put any slippery protectant on a motorcycle seat;
I discovered this the hard way......
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Old 15 Feb 2004, 06:56 pm
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null_pointer@nowhere.com.net.edu.gov.de wrote:
>> One of the young engineers in my department at work is regularly
>> telling people to avoid applying Armor All Protectant to their cars'
>> dashboards. He says that instead of preventing cracks in a car's
>> dashboard it will actually cause them. I've used Armor All on my
>> vehicles' dashboards for 27 years and have yet to experience a
>> single crack in any of them to date. In fact, they all looked like
>> new when I sold or traded them. The dashboard on one of my cars, a
>> 1990 Nissan 300ZX that I still own, looks like new to this day.
>> There isn't the first indication that any cracking is about to occur
>> within any region of the car's dashboard. Or any other plastic parts
>> that were protected with Armor All shortly after I purchased the
>> car. Have any of you guys experienced dashboard cracking with your
>> Honda, or other type of vehicle, that you actually believe was
>> caused by a protectant rather than neglect from a previous owner or
>> something? J. Perry

>
> When I bought a BMW motorcycle, I was told by several people at the
> dealer NOT to put ArmorAll on the various rubber boots and covers
> because they would deteriorate. Instead, I have been using silicone
> spray since it's availibility for consumer use (early 70's I believe)
> I use it on CV joint boots, muffler hangers, door seals, hoses, brake
> fluid resevoir caps, etc. When I use it on the dash, I spray it onto
> a cloth and let any solvent evaporate before applying. I never had any
> problem with solvent damage, but prefer to err on the side of safety.
>
> P.S. DO NOT put any slippery protectant on a motorcycle seat;
> I discovered this the hard way......


Hehe, that's worse than the steering wheel.....


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