Things That Ruin Your Car’s Dashboard

Banister’s Upholstery in East Point customizes dashboard covers for cars, SUVs, and trucks to ensure the original dashboard is protected from the following things. You want to keep the original dashboard in tiptop shape so you can fetch a higher asking price when you sell your used automobile or trade it in at the dealership. Vehicle dashboards can crack, get stained, or get scratched if you don’t take care of them. Let’s talk about things that ruin automobile dashboards below.

Ultraviolet Rays

The sun’s ultraviolet rays beat down on your vehicle’s dashboard through the windshield. They will fade the dashboard’s original color and also crack the material, whether vinyl or leather. A dashboard cover protects the dashboard against the ultraviolet rays. The rays hit the cover instead of the dashboard itself. This ensures your dashboard’s original color remains true.


The heat from the sun will also crack your dashboard. It gets pretty hot here in East Point in the summer, so you want to make sure that your dashboard is protected from the sun’s heat, as well. Again, we hate to sound like a broken record, but a dashboard cover prevents the sunlight from beating down on the dashboard. As such, the dashboard is less likely to develop cracks.


If you have a bad habit of setting your morning coffee or breakfast sandwich on the dashboard, you are opening it up for stains and cracking. The heat from the coffee cup and sandwich can crack the dashboard. Plus, what happens if the drink or food spills on the dashboard? You cannot clean the mess up while you are driving. Foodstuffs and drinks should stay off the dashboard.

Ink Pens

Another thing that can stain your dashboard is an ink pen. It might be convenient to have the pen on the dashboard where you can reach it easily, but if the pen starts to leak ink, you’re going to have a mess that cannot be cleaned completely. The ink will stain the dashboard, and it’s nearly impossible to get ink stains out of vinyl or leather. We also recommend that you avoid leaving a pencil on the dashboard.

Stapled/Clipped Papers

Finally, paperwork that is stapled or held together by paper clips can also cause problems for your vehicle’s dashboard. The staples or paper clips can scratch the dashboard as the paperwork slides around while you are driving. A clipboard can also leave scratches on the dashboard.

Call Banister’s Upholstery in East Point, GA, today to discuss a customized dashboard cover for your vehicle. The cover will protect the dashboard from the above problems.

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