Model 3

Dash and Glove Compartment Scratches Easily

edited November -1 in Model 3
Does anyone notice that the the exterior surface of the glove compartment and black dash gets scratched very easily?

I tried cleaning it with a microfiber towel and water and it doesn’t improve it.

A shame how cheap that material is and doesn’t hold up from slight wear and tear.
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  • edited June 2019
    Horrible, just horrible!
  • edited June 2019
    sell it and buy a yugo
  • edited November -1
    Jesus!
  • edited November -1
    I haven't had any issues with the dash, but my kids scuffed up the plate on the back of the front seats pretty well.
  • edited June 2019
    Do you often go to the beach? It could be sand. Sand is a granular form of quartz which rates a 7 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, just ahead of a steel nail.
  • Some folks have had success with vinyl wraps specifically tailored to the M3 dash and console and sold on Amazon. It may be just the trick to hide scratches and other surface blemishes.
  • edited June 2019
    WHAT!!! That scratches easily?!?!?, I've never heard of that in these forums before... /s

    Ok, anyway...yes it scratches easily. I am trying to keep from wrapping it as long as I can. First thing I did after buying the car was to put a coat of wax on it...this helps a lot to prevent simple scratched from say a paper napkin, wiping dus off with your fingers...etc. Doesn't help for keys, dirt, sand, etc from being ground into the surface though.
  • edited June 2019
    Cure it with tire shine spray.
  • edited November -1
    Good to know.
    The material is very soft and scratches very easily. I just try not to touch it.
  • edited June 2019
    After 9 months I don't have a scratch on mine..... I've been to the beach..... I don't try not to touch anything.....I take a friend of mine on Tuesdays for real estate appraisal fieldwork, and he's always got a clipboard in the passenger seat.....I've rashed three rims, but not the dash or glovebox....?
  • edited June 2019
    I have also had mine for 9 months and have 2 kids. The back seats get the normal kid boot scuffs/dirt etc but haven't seen anything scratch wise in the front passenger side during its occupation.

    I think the stuff is just a function of how you treat it. I have seen high quality items take way less abuse than cheap items so I am not sure you can make a distinction as to it's cost contributor.
  • edited June 2019
    Believe me, the dash is soft. Even normal treatment will scratch it.
  • edited November -1
    @Neomaxizoomdweebie - Hilarious!!
  • edited November -1
    How? Where?

    There's the small strip of area ahead of the vent and wood accent, there's the glove box door, and there's the sides. Which area gets scratched now?

    Those areas have a dust collection problem for me, I don't even touch those areas under normal use.
  • edited June 2019
    I miss those all metal dashes from the 60s. Highly resistant to heads crashing into it at speed. On second thought, maybe a soft dash is a good idea.
  • edited June 2019
    @vmulla The black part closest to the windshield.
  • edited November -1
    @lilbean,
    Ok :)

    You folks are getting smoother at sarcasm :)
  • edited November -1
    I use a swiffer duster on the dash and nothing else. :-)
  • edited June 2019
    Scientific analysis must show people prefer to smash their head into wood. My '51 Merc's metal dash has the factory painted fake wood and now our TESLA has a wood strip across the dash. Not hard to put two and two together ; 0.
  • edited June 2019
    @vmulla I just looked at it. There is a mesh fabric closest to the windshield. It's the part next to that.
  • edited June 2019
    @Starboy2016, I had unintentionally scratched both dash and glovebox, grief alcohol and water/cloth...and found this great stuff, when lightly applied with a soft black cotton sock (my interior is black), works great. Been using it now for a few months and each application not only cleans, it restores the surfaces and fades the scuffs over time. It’s called:
    Black Magic Interior Multi-Surface Detailer (No Glare Natural Finish)
    This is non greasy, matte finish. And you don’t wipe it off. Just liberally spray onto the sock (NOT the surface) and gently wipe in one direction over the surface and leave to dry. Perfection.
  • edited November -1
    seriously, someone will have to post pics for me to understand how anyone touches that area, let alone scratch it!

    Are you folks resting your feet up there? Putting something there?
  • edited June 2019
    For either, attempts to simply clean the surface may unintentionally introduce scuff or scratch.
    In my case:
    For the glovebox, my spouse scuffs unintentionally with feet (leg crossing), and purse.
    For the dash: it was an attempt to clean off a spot at delivery that introduced some scuffs.
  • edited June 2019
    Highly recommend the product link below exactly for the concern stated in this thread:

    303 Aerospace Protectant

    https://www.amazon.com/303-Products-30313-Aerospace-Protectant/dp/B00LCD02IE/ref=sr_1_15?crid=Z47X2B98UMRE&keywords=303+aerospace+protectant&qid=1561604585&s=gateway&sprefix=303,aps,197&sr=8-15

    This was among a set of products I had seen reviewed and recommended on various Model 3 YouTube vids, that I purchased and took delivery even before my car arrived.

    I applied this first day to black back dash and glove compartment Though I had no scratches at the time, the vids did show this doing a great job or removing and protecting.

    By coincidence, I had just reapplied this evening before seeing this post.
  • edited June 2019
    PS: both surfaces look almost new now. That product is sweet.
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