Coverlay dash cover review for sticky cracked dash

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Coverlay dash cover review for sticky cracked dash

Postby 1st35 » Wed Jul 21, 2021 9:45 pm

I wanted to share my experience with the Coverlay dash cover that I used to address my sticky dash situation. I really didn’t know that the M35 had a sticky dash problem or I may not have considered buying it. I had such great luck with my first Q45 and love the whole philosophy behind the Infiniti brand and the original Q45 design idea.
Anyway, I purchased my 2007 M35x a year ago and only drive it now and then. The guy I purchased it from was even more obsessive about cars than I am and kept it garaged. The windows have dark tint on them as well. Later I read about other members experiencing problems with sticky dashes, but didn’t think too much about it since mine seemed fine. Well the other day I took it to have a TPMS sensor replaced at Discount Tire. On the way back home, I thought, “Wow the dash looks shinier than I remembered.” I reached over and touched the dash and sure enough it was STICKY! Upon close inspection when I got home, I noticed several spots that were cracking here and there (very fine). I just couldn’t understand it. A year ago, the dash was fine and my cars NEVER sit outside without a cover or sunshades in the windshield. I work from home and am forever going outside and cracking the windows in our cars so they don’t heat up inside. I check the weather forecasts to make sure it’s not going to storm while the windows are cracked. I’ve done this for years for the headliners, to air them out, keep the dashes from cracking, eliminate off-gassing, etc. I even cleaned out our whole garage to make room for the M35 when we first got it. Our Lexus doesn’t even go in the garage. I knew Lexus and Toyota had problems with several of their vehicles which is why I shied away from the LS460 and RX330/350. As I stated earlier, I just didn’t realize this was an issue on Infiniti/Nissan vehicles.
Enough of my rant. In the back of my mind I remembered that another member posted about using a Coverlay dash cover and I thought, “What the heck?” I ordered it through Rockauto for $205; which saves about $35 versus the Coverlay website. It came within days – good ole Rockauto! I immediately took it out of the box and pre-installed it. I quickly realized that it did not quite fit correctly. I took my time and studied it over and over and realized that it needed to be trimmed – especially where it meets the wood trim, there were actually several places that needed trimmed i.e. around the vents (both center and sides). I also trimmed the right side where it meets the A pillar (to give it a little room for easier installation). *Note – You have to use a sharp razor knife and take your time when trimming. I changed the blade many times during this process. I sanded some areas as well using fine grit sandpaper. I trimmed a little at a time, reinstalled it, eyeballed it, removed it again, etc. I did this over and over until I felt it was correctly trimmed and would fit properly. This also gave me practice for the final installation, which is when wet adhesive is on the underside of the cover and you’re passing it through the door, over the steering wheel, etc. It comes with clear RTV adhesive to secure it to the original dash. I used several small bricks (in plastic bags), cardboard wedges, and wooden dowel rods to secure/hold it in place. Also, the main dash cover has a cut-out for the airbag area, and Coverlay provides a little panel to glue in place after the initial dash cover is installed. The original (sticky/cracked) dash has to be cleaned as best as possible before installing the cover. I used Windex (per Coverlay’s instructions) and a microfiber cloth.
I had to reglue a couple of areas that didn’t take the first time, but it did turn out quite well all things considered. In view of what I was facing, I’m really pleased with the end result. I’m pretty picky about things though and was disappointed with how it was trimmed when I received it. Even though the company’s website states that the cover is, “Vacuum Molded for a Perfect Fit”, there were several places that were just plain poorly cut and/or trimmed from the factory, which required a lot of careful, painstaking trimming on my part to make it look right and fit correctly. This takes time or you could end up damaging and/or ruining the cover. I wonder if Rockauto gets seconds? I thought about sending it back and getting one directly from Coverlay to see if it was better quality, but I did not want to go through the hassle of returns, refunds, etc., plus I only had so much time for this project and I wanted it done! The one place that really needed attention was the area around the center speaker. If Coverlay had turned the edge downwards around this area it would have looked original; Instead it looks unfinished. There was also a spot about one inch long that doesn’t match up in the curve. I addressed this by installing black upholstery piping (Hobby Lobby) around this opening. The first type of piping was too small and the second is almost too large. I have a third type coming from Amazon, hopefully it will be the exact right size (the second, bigger piping I used touches the open and close dials for the vents).

Final thoughts:

When I first installed the cover and realized it needed work, I made the decision that no matter what, it would look better than a cheap, cloth cover that uses Velcro fasteners.

After it sat for a few days, I took my time and used black RTV adhesive (Walmart) to fill in areas that had gaps. There is an art to this and it requires using the tip that is provide in the package, many, many dampened Q-tips, paper towels, and a lot of time and patience.

My dash cover is black and if I had to do it over, I would use black RTV adhesive to glue it in place.

Not making excuses for Coverlay, but the M35 dash design is not straight forward and adds to the difficulty of matching it and/or making a mold of it—especially the two wings on each end.

It is made of hard plastic/vinyl.

The company instructs to only use Windex or soapy water to clean it, and to NEVER use Armor All type products on it.

Our M35 has the graphite interior and the black version of the Coverlay cover is an exact match.

I took the front speaker cover out before gluing the dash cover in place so as to not get adhesive on it. What a feat that was! It is secured with clips and takes some effort! I don’t know how you would remove it without leaving marks on the dash. I put a piece of cardboard down, wedged an old credit card under the cover, put a screwdriver between the card and cover, then pried upwards until I could get my fingernails under it and eventually my fingers. What a pain!


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Re: Coverlay dash cover review for sticky cracked dash

Postby PalmerWMD » Thu Jul 22, 2021 6:25 am

Than you for the review!

Please do not forget to take some pics and post 'em up.
I am sure many members would be interested to see what the outcome looks like.

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Re: Coverlay dash cover review for sticky cracked dash

Postby 1st35 » Thu Jul 22, 2021 7:22 am

I have pix, but do not know how to post them. I've researched the process, but it goes over my head. Any tips?

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Re: Coverlay dash cover review for sticky cracked dash

Postby Rogue One » Thu Jul 22, 2021 8:03 am

1st35 wrote:
Thu Jul 22, 2021 7:22 am
I have pix, but do not know how to post them. I've researched the process, but it goes over my head. Any tips?
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Re: Coverlay dash cover review for sticky cracked dash

Postby PalmerWMD » Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:03 am

I find attaching them to a post is easiest. On the bottom of the window you are typing into is the option to upload attachments from your computer

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Re: Coverlay dash cover review for sticky cracked dash

Postby 1st35 » Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:14 am

1 Delivery box.JPG
2 Plastic sleeve.JPG
3 Beginning piece.JPG
4 Finished product full view.JPG
5 Finished product from driver's door.JPG
6 Speaker area finished with black vinyl piping.JPG
7 Speedo from center.JPG
8 Airbag area.JPG

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Re: Coverlay dash cover review for sticky cracked dash

Postby VStar650CL » Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:15 am

PalmerWMD wrote:
Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:03 am
I find attaching them to a post is easiest. On the bottom of the window you are typing into is the option to upload attachments from your computer
I agree. The advantage to attachments is that they're forever, they don't disappear if you or your google account do. So good information isn't lost for future viewers, as it so often is when you link to a 3rd-party website. You just have to limit the size of the pics, most cameras make files that are way too large. PC Paint or any simple artwork editor will do size reduction. I find about 1000 pixels on the long side gives a viewable photo but stays well under the size limit.

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Re: Coverlay dash cover review for sticky cracked dash

Postby 1st35 » Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:16 am

That was easy. I've wanted to post lots of pix for other topics. Thanks!

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Re: Coverlay dash cover review for sticky cracked dash

Postby VStar650CL » Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:20 am

That looks fabulous, I'm thoroughly impressed.

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Re: Coverlay dash cover review for sticky cracked dash

Postby 1st35 » Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:22 am

The lighting is not the best in the full view pic, the car is in the garage and the flash caused it to look wonky.

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Re: Coverlay dash cover review for sticky cracked dash

Postby 1st35 » Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:29 am

When I discovered the issue it really disappointed me. I've gotten rid of cars for a lot less, but this car is so nice and in such good condition.As I stated in the first post, the previous owner was obsessed with it. The test drive was more like an interview:)! I felt like I was adopting a kid. He had clear mask on it all over the place.

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Re: Coverlay dash cover review for sticky cracked dash

Postby Larz » Mon Jul 26, 2021 6:43 pm

Timing is everything! When my 09 M35 went for the airbag recall, the dealers / Infiniti Corp were refusing to replace dashes that didn't survive the remove and reinstall process. I actually bought a new factory dash direct from Infiniti so my 'free recall' cost me well over $1,300. The product you bought was very popular for Chevy's, Ford's at that time and I searched everywhere but couldn't find anything for any Infiniti models. About a year after my repair, Infiniti dealers started replacing 'some' dashboards that were damaged during the recall but refused to reimburse even part of my expenses. Now, dash covers ARE available AND look great for about $1000 less than I paid ! Not complaining (well maybe just slightly), but I'm glad to know that if ever my dash should crack, there are options!

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Re: Coverlay dash cover review for sticky cracked dash

Postby 1st35 » Mon Jul 26, 2021 7:41 pm

I'm grateful to have found this solution also. Out of curiosity, I called the Infiniti dealer in Louisville the other day for a price. He quoted $2353 for the dash board, BUT no warehouse has them in stock! God knows what they would want to install it IF they had one!
I also found a site called stickydashfix that offers a paint to apply to sticky dashes. A guy on the Lexus site I use for my RX300 used it on his LS460 with good results. Unfortunately, they don't offer it for our M35/45 model. They have it in Graphite (dark grey) for the G35/37 and the Graphite (very dark grey) for the EX/FX35. I thought about ordering the very dark grey version, but changed my mind. It's $40 plus shipping and if the color wasn't correct, I would have ended up buying the Coverlay cover anyway. Also, my wife wondered if the paint would inhibit the RTV from sticking to the cover if it turned out that I didn't like the color. Guess she knows how picky I can be, though I've come a long way from where I used to be.
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Re: Coverlay dash cover review for sticky cracked dash

Postby 98_Q45 » Wed Jul 28, 2021 2:23 am

1st35 wrote:
Wed Jul 21, 2021 9:45 pm
only drive it now and then. The guy I purchased it from was even more obsessive about cars than I am and kept it garaged.
Idk how easy or hard it is to find parts for your particular model, but I don’t get why some people (my mom’s family is this way) have luxury cars but won’t take them anywhere except around town lol.

I remember one friend who had a Lexus told me, “I didn’t know you could take luxury cars in long road trips”. I’m like umm…ya, that’s what they’re made for lol. Most of the wear and tear is going to happen driving around town. Get it on the highway, that’s when the appreciation (despite depreciation) really is felt. And it’s also just a good way to “bond” with the car.

Years ago I rented a 2015 Chrysler 300 and drove it from Denver to Dallas, and then Denver to Idaho. Back before rental rates were $100/day like they are now. It was nice to know I had just over a 500 mile range to a tank of gas, and listening to the speakers and surround gave me a better appreciation for music.

Of course I can understand the main setback is the possibility of having parts go bad, and when traveling: rock auto and eBay isn’t an option. I just had to emergency AutoZone myself the other day: $177 for Maf sensor and air filter. Including the core. Online would have saved me maybe half that

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Re: Coverlay dash cover review for sticky cracked dash

Postby EniGmA1987 » Wed Jul 28, 2021 7:20 am

Those pics of the Coverlay dash look very nice. I suppose I should get one as well because my dash is starting to develop cracks in it that are starting to bug me.


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