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Post by pittstop on Mon 24 Oct 2016 - 13:30

Read about the problem with dashboard reflections in the screen & recently found this to be quite a problem when driving into the sun especially when driving down tree lined lanes where the reflection forms a distracting on/off effect to the point where I nearly missed seeing a drably clothed cyclist.

Does anyone know if there is any solution to this in the form of non reflective surface one can apply to the top of the dashboard?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Post by Barbs on Mon 24 Oct 2016 - 20:25

Someone talked about wrapping it but not sure I ever saw a result. To be honest I have just got used to it but I guess you could spray it with a matt paint, maybe... The problem in summer it gets quite hot so it would need to cope with the temperature.
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Post by pittstop on Wed 23 Nov 2016 - 14:11

Did some research on internet & it seems this is a topic raised on other car related forums (fora?).

Someone recommended a car upholstery cleaning product that is supposed to leave a matt rather than shiny finish. HG Dashboard Spray.

One product review did praise it's beneficial effect re reflections.

So: I invested £8.

Result my dashboard looks nice & clean especially when reflected in my screen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In all fairness to the product it does what it says on the tin & they don't claim it reduces reflections.

Currently I have a black hand towel cut to shape covering my side of the top of the dashboard which is a great help. I am reluctant at this stage to do anything non reversible but I will be having a go with some matt black tape to see if that helps.

If that works I may then bite the bullet & get some matt black upholstery paint.

In sunny climes such as Australia & parts of the USA there is quite a market in made to measure "dashboard mats" with the Aussie ones being RHD. That said Renault don't sell many; if any now; cars there so no chance of one for a Wind!
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Re: Reflections

Post by pittstop on Sat 4 Mar 2017 - 10:20

Finally bit the bullet & bought; not paint; but some A4 sheets of self adhesive black felt from Hobbycraft.

Initially tested them by putting a rectangle on each door panel where the seatbelt buckle rattles against the door when the passenger seat is  unoccupied due to my fitting of seat belt pads; very useful on long runs for seat belt comfort; which make the belt park lower than usual. This worked & looked OK.

I then covered my half of the dashboard top with these sheets.

What a b****r of a job with your head banging against the screen & mirror. The sheets that are quite controllable with the backing in place become floppy & uncontrollable as you peel it off. Thank goodness I have long arms.

Result: Not a perfect finish due to all the contours but presentable.

Real Result: All reflections from his area eliminated.

In the long term I will have to see how lasting the adhesive is but so far so good.
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Post by ElNumbre on Sun 5 Mar 2017 - 12:27

Barbs wrote:Someone talked about wrapping it but not sure I ever saw a result. To be honest I have just got used to it but I guess you could spray it with a matt paint, maybe... The problem in summer it gets quite hot so it would need to cope with the temperature.

I still have aspirations of getting double stitched leather on my dashboard but I want to obtain a 'used' dashboard first as I also want to install a 7" LCD screen in the centre console bit. 
The other option might be alcantara, which has a much more matt finish but it would be a case of trying it.

My biggest concern is covering the passenger airbag section.  I think to ensure safe deployment in an accident, you'd need to find someone who can score the additional covering so that it can easily rip through when it goes off.
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Re: Reflections

Post by pittstop on Thu 23 Mar 2017 - 9:44

Black felt still adhering well & doing an excellent job of ensuring my view is not obstructed by reflections.



As I said: not beautiful but we've just got used to it.


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