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Switch panel left of the steering wheel looks normal other then being pretty dirty. The center console piece looked the same to until I cleaned it. Now.
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I took it off because it had some white staining on it. I thought some dawn water, green scrub pad and maybe try to spray paint it depending on how the cleaning went. As soon as I started scrubbing on it the surface instantly turned to sticky goo. More scrubbing didnt help so I just stopped and let it dry. The surface still has a little grain but it feels just like rubber and sticky like a little kids slime ball toy. The whole exterior of the panel is now snot. Wtf?????

Just curious if anyone has seen anything like this before? I've heard Infiniti/Nissan both made dashes that will develop sweat bubbles. Idk. This looks like the surface just disintegrated. The water coming off was pretty dirty but wow.

I am probably gonna try to bedliner over it just to keep with rustic theme I got going on.
 

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Yes, I had the IS300 "sticky dash" looked just like that. I used a light scuff pad with Goof Off to remove all the sticky stuff and painted the dash with Duplicolor interior paint

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Well that is good to know. I guess I just never heard of anything like that with older cars.
 

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I’ve had a few tools and a particular model of internet routers that turn sticky like that, but never on my dash (which was repainted from grey to black). I’m quite sure that I’ve tried Goof-Off, with no success. The Brillo idea with a repaint is a possibility though. I bought a bunch of handles filled with razor blades, name brand stuff, and they’d all done that by the time the first one was empty.
 

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But in my opinion its a molecular change in the plastic, and nothing can fix it.
If that's true I guess the greasy stains were the only thing holding it together.

I'm gonna try some alcohol first mainly cause I already have some. If I could get it cleared of sap I could at least try to paint it. I have a feeling I'm gonna end up doing something more drastic later on.

I guess I have seen some pictures on line if weird plastic stuff but just figure it was a new car thing. The rate at which it happened almost makes me think it was chemical but dawn isn't reactive.
 

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As a side note, don't use Windex or any alcohol containing cleaner on your buttons, knobs, turn signals, etc. that have the white factory decals because it will take it off.
 

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Well, if it helps, I've repainted a dash and an entire headliner with the SEM line of vinyl dye and it worked spectacularly. So you can be assured you can do that with confidence.
 
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