How to Stick Something on a Car Dashboard Without Leaving a Mark

by Lynn Anders
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Car dashboard mounts allow drivers to keep GPS devices and other items within easy reach without leaving a sticky residue. In some states such as California, mounting a GPS or other electronic device on the windshield is illegal, making a dashboard mounted GPS essential. Keeping your essential items such as change for a toll and sunglasses within easy reach allows for much safer driving, as you then don’t have to look down and away from the road to find them. There are many options available in the car accessories department of office supply stores and other similar retailers.

Step 1

Use a suction-cup car dashboard mount for GPS, cell phones and other electronic devices. The types of dashboard car accessories mount to the dashboard with a suction cup and have stands that place the device in a good position for the driver to see.

Step 2

Use a dashboard friction mount for electronic devices. Like the windshield suction cup mounts, these stay seated on a car dashboard without any sticky residue, instead using friction to maintain their position. For example, you can purchase bean bag friction mounts made specifically to hold GPS devices.

Step 3

Use a reusable adhesive putty to attach photos or papers to the dashboard. These types of sticky putties are found at most office supply stores. You put some putty on the dashboard, then attach the photo to the putty. The putty comes off easily when needed.

Step 4

Set a sticky dashboard pad on the top of your dashboard to hold miscellaneous objects, such as your sunglasses. Despite their name, these use friction to stay on the dashboard, not a sticky glue. The sticky part describes the surface of the pad that holds items with a sticky-feeling material, although it does not actually leave a sticky residue.

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