Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help



Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Discussions > Off-Topic Discussion

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-11-2020, 02:51 PM
vwnate1's Avatar
Diesel Dandy
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Sunny So. Cal. !
Posts: 5,931
Question Cleaning Fine Desert Sand From the Dashboard

I just spent a few days driving around Death Valley and there were some serious (and beautiful) wind storms so now the dashboard and door jambs, etc. (everything !) are all coated with super fine sugar sand ~ wiping it just makes it go in circles, how the heck do I clean this mess ? .

TIA,

__________________
-Nate
1982 240D stripper 393,000 miles
1984 300CD KEEPER ! 481,XXX miles
1984 Euro 300TD Fully optioned SWMBO's
1974 350SLC 4 speed SOLD & missed
Kooky Kommie Ural Motocycles (3)
BMW Moto R60/6 Barn Find, 8,000miles
1959 VW #113 DeLuxe Beetle, 36hp engine, stock
Junk, Rust, Arthritis, Crushed Spine,Broken Neck, Back & arm, lots of screws, pins & plates .
Memories, Peace Of Mind
facts & reality don't change because you can't handle them
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-11-2020, 03:04 PM
A Talent for Obfuscation
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: In the Deep State
Posts: 15,092
Vacuum!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-11-2020, 03:36 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: BAKERSFIELD, CA
Posts: 1,164
Im in Bakersfield I deal with this dust everyday. I usually take the shop vac with a toothbrush. Suck up as your cleaning the hard to get stuff. Also take a Moist soapy rag and wipe everything down. Most likely you need the shop vac even with the rag to suck it up.
__________________
1995 e320
1994 e320
2004 Jeep wj overland
2001 Ducati 748
2004 Honda shadow aero
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-12-2020, 12:06 PM
vwnate1's Avatar
Diesel Dandy
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Sunny So. Cal. !
Posts: 5,931
Thumbs up

Thanx, I have a small tank vacuum and will give it a go .

So far rags just swirl it 'round .
__________________
-Nate
1982 240D stripper 393,000 miles
1984 300CD KEEPER ! 481,XXX miles
1984 Euro 300TD Fully optioned SWMBO's
1974 350SLC 4 speed SOLD & missed
Kooky Kommie Ural Motocycles (3)
BMW Moto R60/6 Barn Find, 8,000miles
1959 VW #113 DeLuxe Beetle, 36hp engine, stock
Junk, Rust, Arthritis, Crushed Spine,Broken Neck, Back & arm, lots of screws, pins & plates .
Memories, Peace Of Mind
facts & reality don't change because you can't handle them
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-18-2020, 02:54 PM
Posting since Jan 2000
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 6,232
If you use a rag I think you need them to be soaking wet and have a lot of them. The water should help float the sand away and lubricants to prevent scratching. Hope this helps.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-18-2020, 03:43 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 4,985
The California car dusters do a pretty good job. I keep one of the "mini's" in the glove compartment.


https://www.amazon.com/California-Car-Duster-62447-8B-Mini/dp/B00008RW9V


https://www.amazon.com/California-Car-Duster-62447-Dash/dp/B003TTV9AO/ref=pd_bxgy_3/147-1243329-5618757?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B003TTV9AO&pd_rd_r=165b2979-7c44-42fe-b6fc-b38ec66f6578&pd_rd_w=tPTjq&pd_rd_wg=pWURI&pf_rd_p=f325d01c-4658-4593-be83-3e12ca663f0e&pf_rd_r=R9JCGFJXXG7ETHVBSDVP&psc=1&refRID=R9JCGFJXXG7ETHVBSDVP
__________________
“Whatever story you're telling, it will be more interesting if, at the end you add, "and then everything burst into flames.”
― Brian P. Cleary, You Oughta Know By Now
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-18-2020, 10:30 PM
vwnate1's Avatar
Diesel Dandy
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Sunny So. Cal. !
Posts: 5,931
Post Cleaning Dusty Sand

Thanx guys ! .

The scratching up is my biggest worry, especially on the clear dash binnacle lens I took out & apart t clean and hand polish until it was once again like glass, this before I headed to Death Valley and a serious windstorm .

I used to have a California duster but never used it fearing it'd collect abrasive dust...

If I can find it I'll give it a try .

I was thinking maybe micro fiber cloths and a plastic bucket of clean water for the first go .

I've been busy so I've not yet touched it .

The older I get, the faster everything seems to go .
__________________
-Nate
1982 240D stripper 393,000 miles
1984 300CD KEEPER ! 481,XXX miles
1984 Euro 300TD Fully optioned SWMBO's
1974 350SLC 4 speed SOLD & missed
Kooky Kommie Ural Motocycles (3)
BMW Moto R60/6 Barn Find, 8,000miles
1959 VW #113 DeLuxe Beetle, 36hp engine, stock
Junk, Rust, Arthritis, Crushed Spine,Broken Neck, Back & arm, lots of screws, pins & plates .
Memories, Peace Of Mind
facts & reality don't change because you can't handle them
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-30-2020, 06:29 PM
vwnate1's Avatar
Diesel Dandy
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Sunny So. Cal. !
Posts: 5,931
Thumbs up Cleaned !

O.K., in the end I used the round upholstery brush on my small tank vacuum, this got a whole lot of the sand gone, then I used a clean microfiber towel and then I used another two microfiber towels with Meguiar's # 40 plastic / leather cleaner conditioner ~ this is stuff I discovered early on in my L.A.P.D. career ~ when used properly it cleans and rejuvenates plastic , vinyl and so one to like new status .

This turned out to be an all day cleaning project, the dash looked so good I took the door cards off and cleaned them inside and out and the painted doors, seals and so on too .

Then I got over enthused and unloaded the cab underneath & behind the seats and go out my brushes, I cleaned this truck like it's never been cleaned before, I even raised up the passenger side rubber mat and discovered long ago spilled coffee and some gravel, got that all looking like new and only need to do underneath the driver's side carpet and dismount the driver's seat belt so I can wash all the sweat and grime out of it .

Taking the time to do the little things makes you enjoy your vehicle ever so much more when you're done .

Now I want to hunt up some factory rear speakers and harness', I already sourced a factory CD / cassette player and installed it, in the city that's good anti - theft protection, no one wants the factory sound systems and they play well and sound great .
__________________
-Nate
1982 240D stripper 393,000 miles
1984 300CD KEEPER ! 481,XXX miles
1984 Euro 300TD Fully optioned SWMBO's
1974 350SLC 4 speed SOLD & missed
Kooky Kommie Ural Motocycles (3)
BMW Moto R60/6 Barn Find, 8,000miles
1959 VW #113 DeLuxe Beetle, 36hp engine, stock
Junk, Rust, Arthritis, Crushed Spine,Broken Neck, Back & arm, lots of screws, pins & plates .
Memories, Peace Of Mind
facts & reality don't change because you can't handle them
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-01-2020, 12:14 AM
INSIDIOUS's Avatar
IMPEACH II 2021 + CONVICT
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Honah Lee
Posts: 19,201
I can't be a legit contributor here because I have no knowledge of any "Fine Desert "
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-01-2020, 12:14 AM
INSIDIOUS's Avatar
IMPEACH II 2021 + CONVICT
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Honah Lee
Posts: 19,201
sowwy, I am bored
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 12-01-2020, 05:52 PM
vwnate1's Avatar
Diesel Dandy
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Sunny So. Cal. !
Posts: 5,931
Talking No Worries

Not enough humor in the world to - day .

__________________
-Nate
1982 240D stripper 393,000 miles
1984 300CD KEEPER ! 481,XXX miles
1984 Euro 300TD Fully optioned SWMBO's
1974 350SLC 4 speed SOLD & missed
Kooky Kommie Ural Motocycles (3)
BMW Moto R60/6 Barn Find, 8,000miles
1959 VW #113 DeLuxe Beetle, 36hp engine, stock
Junk, Rust, Arthritis, Crushed Spine,Broken Neck, Back & arm, lots of screws, pins & plates .
Memories, Peace Of Mind
facts & reality don't change because you can't handle them
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:35 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page