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  1. thecarreaper

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    hey folks, the old Lamborghini i just purchased has one of these "mousehair" dashes in it... how exactly does one clean and care for this stuff? also, what is it made from??? i know it aint from mice!!! ??? my allergies will never be the same !!! :) car will be delivered on tuesday. i figured there are more fcar owners here with experience than there are Lambo owners in the lambo section. seems many of the older Ferrari's have this material on the dash. in the newer Gulfstream's we have a "ultra suede" that very delicate. my guess this is something simlilar. i am going to be very careful with all of the 30+ year old interior in the car !!! :) .

    any help would be great ... Daytona owners ?????
     
  2. dm_n_stuff

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    First rule: Keep it from being exposed to the sun. Get a windshield shade and use it when you park, always!

    As to cleaning, I've gently brushed the small areas that were remaining on my old mousehair dash, which seems to work ok. I've also dabbed gently at it with a damp cloth. I haven't tried any upholstery cleaners or the like.

    But primarily, the sun is your enemy.

    Good replacement mousehair is hard to find. Most of the stuff available now is thicker, (I'm told) and doesn't look as nice as the original stuff.

    I'm getting my dash recovered as a part of the overhaul I'm currently doing. I managed to get a piece of Ferrari material on ebay that was from 1983 and still in excellent condition, except for the mothball smell, which I'm sure will go away.

    Oh, BTW, nice find, great looking car. Good luck with it.

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  3. thecarreaper

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    thanks Dave, so it is really made of mousehair ???? great, i get my first lambo and i will be allergic to it ... :)

    by the way pm sent
     
  4. Tspringer

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    What Dave says is right on. Of course its not real mousehair..... its a sort of synthetic suede like cloth. Reoriginals sells a good repro.



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    good to know, i have enough allergies. dont need any car related ones !
     
  6. boxerboy

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    back in the 80's, I was restoring a '69 type L Dino, had the dash recovered with original "mousehair". When the car was on the road, the gorgeous black material yellowed up within 3 years. I removed the dash, not difficult on the Dino, went to my local shoe store and bought 2 cans of black suede dye in spray cans. Followed the directions, the results looked just like the original, plus it never yellowed again.
     
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    damn, now thats a cool trick !!! thanks ! the dash in the Lambo doesnt look "too" bad. car wont be here till next week, ill know more then. i just dont want to treat it like the other lesser cars i have had and screw it up !
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  8. John Corbani

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    I have cleaned my Dino's dash with soft water and Murphy's Oil Soap. Had car 19+ years and it gets late afternoon sun most days. Lives in a car-port. Is a daily driver.

    1 teaspoon of soap in a quart of warm water. Use soft sponge, damp but not dripping. Do the whole thing, dont try to spot it. Rinse sponge frequently. Let dry in the shade with windows open.

    Do not rinse. You want to leave a little oil behind; keeps cover and stiching soft. If you use too much oil, it will come out and leave a film on the inside of the windshield when you leave car in sun. THEN you want to rinse just a little.

    Dries to a nice flat finish that lasts 3-4 months. Dash looks as good as the day I bought it.

    John
     
  9. thecarreaper

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    i would have never thought of that ! thanks for the tip !!! michael
     
  10. V-12 Power

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    Guys are correct with the Mousehair. Brush it gently in one motion with a dry or SLIGHTLY damp cloth. Do not make circuler motions or any scrubbing motions or you will be very upset with the result. Otu of the Sun and you will be fine.

    V-12 Power RULES!
     
  11. FLYZDINO

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    for regular care to remove road dust I use a soft natural bristle shoe brush along with a similar paint brush. I have re-dyed the dash ( had faded and had windshield leak water rings) with a black spray for suede leather. came out great has been about a year since and still holding up well.

    Anybody tried Lexol soap?

    have fun
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  12. 365GTC/4

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    I have the same problem with my mouse hair. It is in great condition ie the fur is still fine, but it is just sun faded and has water stains. Is that spray for suede shoes? Also did you use the spray direct onto the mouse hair or did you spray it first onto a cloth and then rub it in? The reason for asking is if you use the spray can on the dash in-situ, how did you stop spray particles landing on the seat leather etc etc. Did you mask and cover everything?
    Thanks
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  13. Drew Altemara

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    I just redyed the dash on my Daytona using a spray dye called simplyspray. The mouse fur was on the dash was in good shape but the sun had turned it brown. I masked off the dash instruments, windshield, removed a lot of parts, etc. Took a lot of time. I sprayed it directly on the dash. You have to mask everything with newspaper. The main time is however masking against the windshield. The results were perfect. This product is a spray dye for fabrics that resists UV's and can actually be washed. I thought that may make it more water stain resistant. It took me half a dozen cans as they are small. Here is their web site:

    www.simplyspray.com

    Drew Altemara
     
  14. FLYZDINO

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    I have the same problem with my mouse hair. It is in great condition ie the fur is still fine, but it is just sun faded and has water stains. Is that spray for suede shoes?

    -spray from shoe repair store

    Also did you use the spray direct onto the mouse hair or did you spray it first onto a cloth and then rub it in?

    -sprayed directly, blends well

    The reason for asking is if you use the spray can on the dash in-situ, how did you stop spray particles landing on the seat leather etc etc. Did you mask and cover everything?

    -cover, tape or use a piece of cardboard as you are spraying to block overspray, spend alot of time in the prep and tape.

    -overspray comes off pretty easy from on porous surfaces, however.



    Good luck,
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  15. racerboy9

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    I used VHT fabric spray (black) on my faded dash and couldn't tell the redo from the original.
     
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    any "greasy" leather spray will keep the dye from sticking to the leather and door panels. to be safe though, i would just drape 32 gallon trash bags on the seats and tape them over the console and door panels.
     
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  18. pauls

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    If all you need to do is "dust", I use the same sticky lint remover I use on my business suit. It comes in a roll that has a slightly sticky surface. You roll it over the dash and all the dust, etc sticks to the roll. Go to any fine men’s clothing store and pick one up. They are cheap. In the hard to get areas I will use 1" masking tape, make a circle on itself, put it around two fingers and roll it along the mouse hair.
     
  19. nerodino

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    Hi All,
    My car is currently in an awful lot of bits whilst undergoing a "more than expected,i should have known better" rebuild, thing is the dash is in exceptional condition apart from the fact it's BALD. I guess as i've come this far i had better have it reupholstered, i see that Superformance sell it @ £65.00 per/mt. Has any body used it from them and can recommend it's authenticity/quality?
    p.s. Part of me tends to think along the lines of the fact that as iv'e gotten older and lost a bit of hair ,then why should'nt the car?
    Thanks in advance for any help/advice,
    Graham.
     
  20. FLYZDINO

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    My dash has certain plateaus that are thinning, actually more of a worn in look. I like it! Its not a new car. Well kept and new are different. No fading or water rings ( thanks to suede spray ), but a few crows feet lets me know she's real and not Memorex. Its all personal preference.

    Z
     
  21. thecarreaper

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    mine is not perfect either, and its an old , early early vin Lambo. i see no reason to mess with it. i would focus on safety and reliability issues and cosmetics last. drive em guys!!!!
     
  22. pauls

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    I am not aware of Superpeformance. If you want to send me their email address and I'll try to get a swatch. I can compare it to the newly recovered Reoriginals material on my dash. So far the closest mousehair to original material comes from Reoriginals. Watch out...it's expensive.
     
  23. dm_n_stuff

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  24. pauls

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    I asked for a swatch. Will let you know.
     
  25. nerodino

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    To Pauls thanks for that , also the man above me better known as DM and stuff (Dave)has also kindly given me a good lead on some.
    Superformance is just outside London and roughly 5 miles from my place of work so therefore i could call in and get a swatch, but then i,ve nothing to compare it to ,so i'll shut up and wait to hear from you!
    Kindest Regards,
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