How to Glue Down a New Vinyl Dash Cover

by Anthony Diaz de la Vega

New vinyl dashboard covers give your car a new look, and are a simple way to add style. Some vinyl covers require you to remove certain components of the dashboard to complete the installation, but most only need a small amount of adhesive to keep it fastened securely in place. Vinyl covers must be positioned carefully to ensure a proper fit. Avoid using too much glue as this will unnecessarily prolong the drying time and may leave bumps underneath the finished cover.

Wash your car's dashboard thoroughly before applying the adhesive. Spray the dashboard with vinyl cleaner, buff the dashboard with a moist paper towel and wipe away any excess. Dry completely with a lint-free towel or cloth.

Line up the dash cover with your car's features carefully. Once the glue sets it is very difficult to reposition your vinyl dash cover, so you will want to get it right the first time. Use a pencil to mark any areas that need to be cut or altered. Carefully cut out these areas, laying the vinyl cover back on the dashboard occasionally to ensure a good fit.

Spray a thin layer of glue on the bottom of the cover and on the top of your dashboard. Let it dry for one minute (this will make the glue very tacky and will adhere to the dashboard more easily).

Lay the cover down on the dashboard. Go slowly and rub areas as you go along to ensure there are no air pockets. Check every five or six hours to ensure that the vinyl glue is setting correctly. Add a small amount of glue to any edges that fray up, and apply firm pressure to set. Keep vinyl dash cover dry and out of direct sunlight for twenty-four hours following installation.

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About the Author

Anthony Diaz de la Vega has been writing professionally since 2007. His work has appeared on the Celebrity Net Worth website, among other online entities. Vega earned his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Alma College.

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