- What exactly is a DashCare Dash Cover?
- What materials do you offer?
- What about fit to my vehicle's dash?
- Do you really make them? And why is that important?
- Why do I need to give you my email address when I order?
- When will my Dash Cover Ship and How long will it take to get to me?
- What are Sensors and why cut out for them?
- What is HUD or Heads Up Display?
- What is Collision Warning?
- AirBags in the Dash - will the dash cover have a cutout, do I need a cutout, can I specify not to have an airbag cutout?
- What about Speakers in the Dash?
- How does the dash cover attach to the Dash?
- Velcro Hook - Do I really need to use it on my dash?
- Velcro Hook Info
- Velcro Hook - Install tips regarding the adhesive
- Velcro Hook adhesive removal tips
- Fit Issues - Steps to Follow
- Custom embroidery on the Dash Cover?
Every dash cover is cut and sewn. Material choices include upholstery grade fabrics in a 3 part lamination with foam cores as well as non-woven plush carpet. Click on the link "Available Materials" near the top of any page on our site to learn more about each material and available colors.
All our materials, both face fabrics and non-woven carpet, are made with premium solution dyed polyester which has the proper chemistry for protection from harmful UV rays for the sun. This means the best available protection from color fading and material breakdown. Dash cover materials need to do one thing well - protect from sun exposure!
Even though some material choices are more expensive, it's not a Good/Better/Best choice. They all do the job of protecting from harmful solar rays. The carpet tends to be stiffer, so it may take some time to lay smoothly, especially on complicated dashboards. All other materials have a foam center and are more limp. Your choice is about what you like looking at, what you like seeing on your dash. So it's a personal choice.
We don't offer "heat molded" products or plastic molded dash caps.
We take into account for all the vents, sensors, gauges, displays, options like larger screens for NAV's, etc. We do not design our patterns to cut corners on material or labor. We strive to make the best looking, best fitting Dash Cover for each vehicle. We never completely cover up active air vents and strive for a balance between protection and air flow.
Our listings have pull down boxes with questions that must be answered before you can buy. You will always see Material/Color choice. Other questions will be about optional features which require cutouts. Look at the pictures to know where to look on your dash for those features.
When a listing on our site shows a dash cover, it will always be the dash cover for that vehicle! So look closely to see our design and to see what it will cover, not cover and to help confirm it is correct for you vehicle. When looking at the pictures, remember that they are on a flat surface and not on the complicated geometry of a dash.
Features such as Auto Headlights require a sensor to know when it's day or night. When your headlight on/off switch is set to Auto, your vehicle relies on the sensor for the Auto function. Other features that use sensors can be climate control, alarm systems (not really a sensor but a visual that shows it's working), etc.
Sometimes the sensors are located in the defrost vents track and therefore get exposed without a special cutout. In that case we don't sk you if you need it cut out as the "cut" is automatic.
Typically, sensors are small, about 1" diameter round or rectangular. When they are not positioned in a vent, a separate cut must be made. For some vehicles, every trim level or price point has the sensor, but most of the time is an option. If it's an option, we ask in the listing if you need it cut out and you can't put the item in a cart until you answer that question.
Look at the picture of the dash cover in the listing. We identify each optional sensor that may need to be cut out for. Notice the position, then go look at your own dashboard. If you see something there, then you probably will want a cut out for it. You don't need to know what it's for, just look to see if you have something in that place.
By the way, we always mark it's position on the back side of the dash cover. We do not cut unless we know it is for 100% of the vehicles of that model or if you tell us you have a sensor that needs to be cut.
FYI, sensor cut outs are too small to edge bind. So you can always cut it yourself after you receive it if need be and it will look the same as if we did it.
Q: AirBags in the Dash - will the dash cover have a cutout, do I need a cutout, can I specify not to have an airbag cutout?
Velcro hook strips come with each dash cover. They have a special adhesive backing. With all Carpet colors, we sew in small squares of Velcro loop because the hook does not stick well the back side of the carpet. With all other Dash Covers that have foam in the middle layer, the back side "scrim" fabric acts like Velcro Loop so no small loop squares are sew in. Just stick the hook anywhere.
The forward edge of the dash cover at the windshield will probably need to be tucked into the space between the dash and windshield glass. This anchors the Dash Cover and holds it in place even with the defrost fan on max. It reduces the need for hook & loop. You will need to flex the dash to push it in.
Using the supplied velcro (hook & loop) is optional. Some dashes have complicated geometry and a dash cover will not lay well without using the supplied velcro. We provide it - you decide if you want to use it.
Cut the supplied adhesive backed Velcro Hook into small squares. Do not take the paper off the back that protects the adhesive until you are sure where you want it.
Cleaning your dash is critical to getting the adhesive backed velcro to stick. The adhesive backed velcro we supply is the same used by Toll Road authorities in California to stick transponders to the windshield - the best available high temp rated adhesive. Use cleaning alcohol to clean areas of your dash where you want Velcro. In some cases you may need to use a stronger cleaner like wax & tar & grease & silicone remover.
Many buyer prefer not to use the supplied adhesive backed Velcro hook because they don't want to stick it on their dash. We understand. That's why we design our dash covers with extra material at the front edge towards the windshield. This extra material MUST be tucked in and pushed forward until cutouts and features line up with the dash. You can't just lay the dash cover on the dash and expect it to fit properly.
With our exclusive design, the dash cover tends to stay in place without Velcro. Even with your defrost fan on max.
Our Acrylic Adhesive Velcro Hook has special properties so it can handle the high heat it might find being on the dashboard in direct sunlight in hot climates. It's the best available for high heat that won't hurt your dash.
It must be handled properly to work! 1. It is pressure sensitive - this means it activates with pressure. So when you have it positioned, use your fingers to press it hard. 2. Try not to re-position it. Sticking it down, then pulling it up to move it will permanently reduce the adhesive power. So pull off the paper backing only when you are ready, try not to move it after it's attached! It gains it's peak strength in 24-48 hours.
IMPORTANT - the adhesive on the back of the Velcro hook may not stick properly. If your vehicle has been "detailed" or cleaned at a car wash sometime in the past, the products they use may have chemicals that impregnate the plastic and that tend to repel the adhesive. They can even "plasticize" the adhesive which changes it permanently to a gummy quality so it won't stick anymore. You may need to clean the dash and remove whatever chemical that was applied before our Velcro will stick. What cleaning agent you use should be determined by the maker of what was used on the dash.
The acrylic adhesive on the back of the Velcro Hook has special properties so it can handle the high heat it might find being on the dashboard in direct sunlight in hot climates. So it must be handled properly! 1. It is pressure sensitive - this means it activates with pressure. So when you have it positioned, use your fingers to press it hard. 2. Try not to re-positioning it. Sticking it down, then pulling it up to move it will permanently reduce the adhesive power. So pull off the paper backing only when you are ready, try not to move it after it's attached!