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Old 03-07-2017, 11:47 AM   #1
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Dash trim reflects in mirrors of my new car

It's fairly minor, but I've found it distracting enough times that I want to do something about it. Problem is, there is shiny trim around the side vents on the dashboard, and oftentimes, in certain light conditions, that shiny trim line reflects in my side mirrors. Creates kind of a ghost line across the mirror. It's just soft enough, that I can't really tell what it is, and I keep thinking there is something in my mirror, and it is distracting me.

So I'm looking for a non-permanent way to dull that shine. I know there are 'satin' or no-gloss clear-coat paints, but even a latex paint will be hard to remove if I don't like the results. What kind of dull finish could I just wash off if I didn't like it?

If no good ideas, I guess I'll try a little bit in a non-obvious spot, and just bite the bullet if it looks OK to me.

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Old 03-07-2017, 11:53 AM   #2
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Pinstriping tape or narrow masking tape. Or if you mask carefully you could use a product like Rustoleum Peel Coat.
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Pinstriping tape or narrow masking tape. Or if you mask carefully you could use a product like Rustoleum Peel Coat.
Applying tape would be hard, complex curved surfaces. The peel coat mught work, I'll look into that. They make a matte silver...

https://www.amazon.com/Rust-Oleum-27...um+peel+silver

I'll research, hopefully I could spray a bit into a small container and brush it on, spraying directly wouldn't work, too many surfaces to mask.


Hmmm, I wonder now about thinning clear silicone and brushing that on? I think it thins with rubbing alcohol, and that would peel off if needed.

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Plasti-Dip the trim. It's become a pretty popular way to make a durable but easily removable colour change to cars. You can do it with spray cans. When you want to remove it can be lifted up.


Here's a guy doing logos and lettering only on a car. You could probably use something similar to do the trim work.

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paste-style car wax, rub it off only if you don't like it
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I have the same issue with my new Forester. There is a brushed silver finish around the vent that reflects in the side view mirror and is somewhat distracting. I'll be reading here for ideas to minimize the issue.
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paste-style car wax, rub it off only if you don't like it
I had thought about that. It wouldn't last long, it would just rub off, but that would still be good as a test. I have some paste furniture wax, and I think that might not be so glossy, even after polishing.

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paste-style car wax, rub it off only if you don't like it
That might work, just don't buff it and it should remain a dull non-reflective. That might be a non-permanent way to evaluate any satin coating's effect on the mirror.
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If you position your mirrors like this - would that eliminate the reflection?

Also - it will eliminate your blind spots. It takes a little getting used to - but it is a big improvement!

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I had thought about that. It wouldn't last long, it would just rub off, but that would still be good as a test. I have some paste furniture wax, and I think that might not be so glossy, even after polishing.

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Apply carefully, perhaps with a cotton swab, as you don't want wax getting on non-glossy surfaces, such as patterned ones where it can be very difficult to buff off.
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paste-style car wax, rub it off only if you don't like it


Some paste waxes will turn rock hard when they dry. Some of the newer synthetic products might be ok but I was thinking of bar soap.
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Applying tape would be hard, complex curved surfaces. ..........
No, just apply the tape to the mirror where the reflection appears.
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If you position your mirrors like this - would that eliminate the reflection?

Also - it will eliminate your blind spots. It takes a little getting used to - but it is a big improvement!

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Thanks, but I've been adjusting them like that for years. I still have trouble getting used to it, you just want to see the side of your car in the mirror. But I keep playing with them as I see cars approaching, and get them to where I can see the approaching car in the mirror until I an see it along side me. The new car also has 'blind spot detection' which is good, but you can't 100% rely on it, the sensors could be blocked or something. Good back up to the usual checking procedure though.


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No, just apply the tape to the mirror where the reflection appears.
Hah! But not so funny really, I went out today, and I actually gave something like that a thought. Hey, maybe I'm looking at this (no pun intended) all wrong - maybe I should do something to the reflection instead of trying to mess with the source. Like maybe moving my seat to where the reflection would be gone, but that was too extreme.

I'll try the paste wax thing soon, and report back. That sounds like the easiest first round.

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The whole dash in the driver's side reflects glare when I am driving south in the afternoon. I have to toss a dark, non-reflective shirt or jacket up there to tamp it down on long rides. Poor design -- and that is from Lexus.
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I drove my wifes new Forester last night and commented to her on the chrome trim of the vent reflecting in the mirror. It is a distraction.
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