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Old 08-10-17, 11:27 PM   #1
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okay...so im freaking out right now. please help if you guys can!!
i recently peeled off a airfresher that was on the dashboard and had some left over adhesive residue from it.
instead of using tape to just get off the remaining residue off, my girlfriend use a wetwipe to "clean it off" instead.

what she did was infact the opposite. she basially smeared the remaining residue on the dash and its basically ingrained into the texture of the leather/vinyl now.

ive use small amounts of EVERYTHING to try to get them off with no resolution, in fact it looks like ive smeared it even more. the parts with the residue looks faded.

ive tried using the following items below, gently using a qtip or a tooth brush to scrub.
soap with water
baby oil
goo gone
Lexol leather cleaner

can someone please help me out or any suggestions? my car is brand new...

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hmmm... hard to diagnose fully from just pictures... but you (or your gf) may have marred the finish with the wet wipe if it contained alcohol - and then especially with the goo gone, as this stuff is very capable of marring finishes.

Do the areas feel sticky at all?
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hmmm... hard to diagnose fully from just pictures... but you (or your gf) may have marred the finish with the wet wipe if it contained alcohol - and then especially with the goo gone, as this stuff is very capable of marring finishes.

Do the areas feel sticky at all?
no, it's not sticky.

and the wet wipes does not contain any alcohol
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no, it's not sticky.


uh oh... sorry to say, but that most likely indicates that what you are seeing is not a sticky residue left behind, but more likely marring of the finish on the dash from either the wet wipe or goo gone. If you have a detailer you can take to, they may be able to advise better.

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and the wet wipes does not contain any alcohol
Then most likely the goo gone, that stuff is powerful and prone to marring shiny finishes / surfaces.
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You might also try posting in the Automotive Care & Detailing sub-forum, lots of highly knowledgeable posters in that thread that may be able to advise further. Good luck.

Too late now, but when removing residue of any kind, I start with soap and patience. Dawn or Ivory or some other liquid soap with no scents or additives, etc.
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You might also try posting in the Automotive Care & Detailing sub-forum, lots of highly knowledgeable posters in that thread that may be able to advise further. Good luck.

Too late now, but when removing residue of any kind, I start with soap and patience. Dawn or Ivory or some other liquid soap with no scents or additives, etc.
lol godamit...
do you guys know if that panel for the dash is replacable? or do you have to replace to whole thing...
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Send pics of girlfriend, o no wrong forum, it says on some air fresheners test first where you stick them, have you tried any of the vinyl rejuvenators 303 is good cheers.
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lol godamit...
Glad to see the lol... try to keep it in perspective (easier said than done on a new car, I know).

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do you guys know if that panel for the dash is replacable? or do you have to replace to whole thing...
Well... pretty much everything on a car is "replaceable", just depends on how much you want to spend. Not sure what year or model your car is, but the dash on a 2014 can be found here for reference - noted as #1 in parts diagram - $1038 for the part.
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Send pics of girlfriend, o no wrong forum, it says on some air fresheners test first where you stick them, have you tried any of the vinyl rejuvenators 303 is good cheers.
yeah, already tried that also. didnt work.
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My 'goto' for sticky stuff is good ol' trusty WD-40. In this case I would spray it on a paper towel and then use the paper towel to apply it to the residue.

Always do a test area somewhere on the vinyl where you can't see just to be sure it doesn't harm the dash.
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Worse case scenario - mothers back to black if it's not sticky and just a discolored area
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You're pretty much SOL. I had a mark on my IS350 dash, and there's basically nothing that can be done short of replacing the entire dash. Or dash cover.
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how does that work? is it paint?
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You're pretty much SOL. I had a mark on my IS350 dash, and there's basically nothing that can be done short of replacing the entire dash. Or dash cover.

was yours also a adhesive residue mark?
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how does that work? is it paint?
Exactly how to apply polish. You rub it on, leave it for a good 5 minutes and then you buff off with a microfiber.

It's usually meant for exterior but I don't see why it couldn't be for interior as it's for plastics
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