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Old 06-11-2009, 01:52 PM   #1
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Scratched dash on 3 day old truck

Hello all

I was on my way to a fire call and thru my light on the dash because I didn't mount it yet and low and behold I put three two inch scratches on my dash!!! Anyone who how to fix them? I am completely lost in how I am going to remove/lessen these.

Thanks for the help
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:54 PM   #2
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I did the same thing on the passenger side... I'd like to know the answer as well...
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:57 AM   #3
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I don't know. Sorry to hear about your new ride though. Within a month of owning my new Taco, I got a couple chips on the hood and one on the windshield. SUCKS, and I feel your pain.

At least the new car smell is still there.

Ohh, and thanks for fighting fires!
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:06 AM   #4
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Maybe a small dash mat over the scratches especially if you have to put that light there a lot? They are very thin & clingy without adhesive, you can find them in auto accessory shops or possibly wal mart. The size of a mouse pad.
Otherwise, have gotten rid of scratches on interior plastic very very carefully with a hair dryer. Be patient, heat it up and rub, it takes the edges off but you must be careful otherwise
yes thanks for fighting fires and congrats on your new truck sorry that happened.
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:39 AM   #5
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I had scratches on my 2000 and the dealership said they had a guy that came in once a week to do stuff like that. In other words, they subbbed it out to some guy who would come in and make those kind of repairs. I never bothered to follow through because they were pretty minor.

Maybe try to get more information through that route?
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Try using a blow dryer on high and a cotton rag or your thumb. Using the blow dryer, hold it about an inch away. Heat the scatch up for about 5-10 seconds, then work the scratch with your thumb and/or rag.

I did this on my door panel just below the window. It seems to work well on the deep scratches, I was able to significantly lessen it. The smaller ones seemed to disappear. Be patient though, it took me a good 30 minutes!

I was pretty careful at first as to not heat the plastic up too much. I didn't want it to melt. I'm not sure if this is a valid concern or not, but be careful. I'm not responsible for your dash if you melt it or make the scratch worse!
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:23 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone, I will try to see what I can do this weekend. Now I need to come up with a story on why I am using the wives blow dryer
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:27 AM   #8
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That's why you got to mount those LED's man!!! Haha!!! Naw but that sucks.
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i have a dash mat he can have it if it helps
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Thanks everyone, I will try to see what I can do this weekend. Now I need to come up with a story on why I am using the wives blow dryer
When a man uses a hair dryer, the nomenclature changes to "heat gun". It is perfectly acceptable. Once it is back in her hands, it changes back to a hair dryer. You will be safe. No man card violations or loss of points.

That is all.
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When a man uses a hair dryer, the nomenclature changes to "heat gun". It is perfectly acceptable. Once it is back in her hands, it changes back to a hair dryer. You will be safe. No man card violations or loss of points.

That is all.

...unless of course, he is wearing polyester pants while using it. Then it is a major violation.
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...unless of course, he is wearing polyester pants while using it. Then it is a major violation.

Here, here!! Well said!!
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Old 06-12-2009, 11:11 AM   #13
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I was looking for just this thread. My TomTom fell and scratched my dash. I was surprised how easily it scratched. Post up success stories because I'm afraid I'll only make it worse. I'm hoping to find a gray marker. LOL.
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Simple fix is to put a light coat of Vasoline over the scratch. Does a really good job of hiding the scratch.
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if you had a interior light bar you wouldnt have this problem duh!


lol he heat gun idea would prolly get it
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When a man uses a hair dryer, the nomenclature changes to "heat gun". It is perfectly acceptable. Once it is back in her hands, it changes back to a hair dryer. You will be safe. No man card violations or loss of points.

That is all.
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