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Old 08-08-2013, 10:27 AM
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On the morning of me taking delivery of my 2013 Laramie Longhorn, I am now shifting focus to care and protection. I live in Arizona where the yearly temperature swings go from 10f to 110f. My vehicle will be kept outside since I dont have a garage.

I read the other post on Leathercare http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=103503

And plan on the Bick 4 product, however should I apply it to the dash or should I get a dash mat (horrible idea since the dash is so damn nice to look at on the longhorn).

I was told when I first moved here that Armour All and Az sun will cause premature cracking so I bought a dash mat for my current vehicles.

Anyway anyone Tx, Az, Nevada have suggestions?

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Old 08-08-2013, 11:09 AM
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I have always used Meguiar's trim protectant and 303 Aerospace to protect my stuff. But I don't have leather, thats a different animal. However, since you want to protect the leather from UV rays, the 303 will do that. I would use Lexol Conditioner in spring and fall, to put the moisture back into the leather (including the dash pad) and and then just put 303 on it throughout the year (at least once a month) and you should be fine.


Stay FAR FAR FAR away from armor all, and pretty much anything else you can by at walmart with the exception of Lexol (sometimes its carried there) and Meguiar's products. In the detailing world, we have a saying. "If you can buy it in a store, it isnt any good". Thats not always true, but its a good rule of thumb to follow.

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some meguiar's stuff sold retail=crap
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I use Meguiars professional line, mezerna, klasse, dodojuice, zaino, poorboys, griot's garage, etc. We also say its cheap for a reason. I don't think I have a single wax or polish that costs less than $20/8oz which brings me to the next cliche that runs rampant in the detailing community: "You get what you pay for".
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A good protectant is all that should be required. Whether Armor All causes premature cracking, I cannot say and I am not familiar with the product you are considering. I use Griots Garage protectant and it has worked for me. Adams also makes an excellent product. Bottom line, if you like the look of your dash, just apply a good protectant with a UV coating in it.
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Thanks everyone, I have used drive thru car washes for the most part and every now and again a vacuum, but on this one (since it was over 1/2 of what I paid for my home) I want to make sure it lasts and looks good so I am going to re-train myself to be a good wash mechanic...

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If you would like to know more about detailing, PM me, and I can give you a crash course to get you started, rest assured that there is a lot to it, but anyone can do it like us OCD people do. I have a black truck that is 98% swirl free and is 3 years old in 2 months. How many people can say that with black trucks? And I honestly only take a few extra steps apart from normal people such as never touching my truck with a brush, etc. Its not really all that hard...but it most definately can be an expensive hobby. It adds roughly $500 a year to my truck budget...but thats a small price to pay (to me).
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Thanks everyone, I have used drive thru car washes for the most part and every now and again a vacuum, but on this one (since it was over 1/2 of what I paid for my home) I want to make sure it lasts and looks good so I am going to re-train myself to be a good wash mechanic...

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A wise choice to protect your new investment and with a little investment of time you can learn to do it well. Griot's garage and Adams both have very helpful videos on all areas of detailling and while they promote their products, the information is applicable to other products. Another good on-line source of info and product is Auto Geek. Also don't overlook this forum for solid information you will find in the wash, detailing forums. There are several knowledgable detailing folks on this forum, specifically you might check out Primo Spaghetti's posts, he is the resident expert on this forum.
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i would suggest to stay away from anything with silicone in it...

a great product with UV protectant in it is either 303 aerospace protectant, Car Pro PERL, or Ultima Tire and Trim Guard.
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