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Attention DIY fabric protectors! I recently got around to ScotchGuarding the interior of our new Prius. I am of the school of thought that thinks that if a little is good then a lot is better.

There is a coating on the plastic on the armrests and when trying to spray the protectant on the fabric of the armrest you will get spray on the plastic (silver in color on our car.) Solvent(s) in the protectand disolves the coating on the plastic. When the coating is removed the silver plastic is a different shade.

I suggest you mask off areas where fabric borders plastic prior to spraying. I did not notice any problems with the light beige-brown plastic that nearly matches the color of the fabric, just the silver plastic on the armrests.

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There's no need to ScotchGuard hard plastic.

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And according to my dealer the fabric also.



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I Scotch Guarded mine with good success. Didn't mask off the arm rests but attempted to keep the overspray from getting on them. A little got on but there weren't any problems.

I wondered if Toyota applied some type of Scotch Guard but wasn't sure so I figured more is better than none. Glad I did!!

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Patrick,
Thanks for the tip. I've been thinking about adding a bit of that protection myself; I'll be more careful now.
Hope it didn't mess up the trim around your armrests too badly.
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There's no need to ScotchGuard hard plastic.
Ya think? I don't think it was intentional, more that he noticed that it discolored the plastic.

Thanks for the info, Patrick; haven't done mine yet, but have been considering it.

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How well does Armor All look on the Prius' dashboard and trim? Does it have too much of a glare?
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Armor All would probably "ruin" your flat black dash. I find the small "California Car Cover" anti dust brush does a great job.



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RE: Scotchguard vs Plastic. I didn't harm any plastic, I didn't intentionally spray any plastic. The "SILVER" plastic on the armrests has a coating that is disolved by the solvent(s) of Scotchguard. Masking would be more prudent than trying to be accurate with the spray.

I started in the rear of the vehicle and had no adverse reaction with any plastic back there. Thus lulled into a false sense of security, I failed to account for the "topcoat" on the armrest plastic.

Fabric protectant was one of the HIGH MARKUP extras (Did you see Fargo? Remember the salsesman pushing sealer?) that the dealer offered. A second coat wouldn't hurt, especially on the armrests, headrests, and console even if you FELL for the huge markup extra that is so easy to replace as a DIY.

Total damage was a minor cosmetic blemish but if I hadn't been somewhat circumspect (I tried to mostly avoid the plastic) I could have messed it up a lot more. I could intentionally spray the plastic of both armrests and wipe off the coating. It isn't a bad appearance without it, just a little brighter silver.

I have turned my attention to other things. LIke having had over 50MPG on my last tank and having nearly 54 MPG on thte current tank. Getting a chuckle at the gas station when a frined helps fil it and thinks there is a malfunction because it won't take any more fuel, shutting off at less than 10gal pumped with a cumulative tank mileage of 506 miles.

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Oops. Yes, I mis-read what you originally wrote. I hate it when I do that. Your warning about the need for great care in keeping the stuff off the plastic is appreciated.

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