by Brenda Priddy
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A sticky board is an annoying side effect of a dirty old board. Tack is usually caused by dirt build-up on the board’s surface, but it can also be caused by the vinyl covering peeling from the board, leaving an adhesive residue. Heat can also cause the dyes and cleaners used to clean the board to rise to the surface. The best way to remove sticky residue is to clean the surface thoroughly.
Clean the surface of the board to remove all large particles, such as dust and food.
Dip a soft cloth in a warm soapy water solution made with a foam cleaner and warm water. Wring out the soft cloth until it is damp. Do not allow the solution to drip as this can damage the vehicle’s electronic components.
Wipe the board surface with the damp cloth until it is no longer sticky. This will likely require up to five applications of the cleaner. Use a new cloth each time to prevent the cloth from contaminating the surface.
Let the board dry. In extreme circumstances, you can use a plastic scraper to remove dirt from the board surface.
Spray the dash with a vinyl upholstery cleaner. Apply the cleaner to the vinyl with a scrub brush. Wipe the cleaner with a soft cloth. Let the board dry.
Protect the board by rubbing it with a water-based vinyl protector and a soft cloth. Do not use a silicone sealant, as this can make the stickiness worse.
Articles will need
- Foam cleaner
- Soft cloths
- Plastic scraper
- Vinyl upholstery cleaner
- Soft bristle brush
- Water based vinyl protector