Lexus RX330 Parts And Lexus RX330 Accessories
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The dashboard of the Lexus RX330 is one of the best-designed for its class, so it\'s quite a shame if it gets cracked. Though made of thick molded plastic, the dash of the RX330 will still get punctured when enough force is applied, such as dropping a heavy and dense object on it. Constant exposure to the sun will cause the plastic to deteriorate from UV radiation, making it brittle over time and easier to crack.
A cracked dash is more than just an eyesore as dust, dirt, and moisture can seep through the cracks and damage the sensitive wires, and other electrical components hidden and shielded by the dash. So once one appears in your Lexus RX330, it is imperative that you fix it immediately.
The steps to fixing a cracked dashboard depend mainly on the type and extent of the damage. If the dashboard only has small cracks, a small amount of filler on the damaged area is enough to fix the problem. But if the crack is substantially large or has left a noticeable dent or hole on the dash, you will need to get it properly patched and filled. And if the damage reaches the point where the integrity of the dashboard has already been compromised, the best resort would be to have the dash replaced.
No matter the size of the crack, the first step in fixing a cracked dash is cleaning and sanding the affected area. Sanding helps remove any protruding edges and irregularities caused by the crack and ensure a clean surface for the filler and glue to be applied on.
Ideally, you should start with coarse grit sandpaper, such as 80-grit, then gradually move to finer grit such as 180-grit sandpaper. The coarse grit makes removing any surface irregularities faster, while the finer grit results in a smoother surface. Make sure to wipe off any residue afterwards before moving on to the next step.
To fix a big crack, you need to apply a filling agent on the damaged area. There are many types of fillers available that you can use to fill in the crack; each has its fair share of pros and cons. Liquid metal filler is one of the more popular choices for dashboard crack repair, as it is just as strong as plastic when dried. Epoxy is another viable choice, as it bonds best with the plastic material of the dashboard and is easier to sand to the desired shape.
Another newer option Lexus RX330 owners can take in fixing a crack in their car\'s dashboards is using moldable glue. Resembling a modeling clay, moldable glue is very easy to manipulate into desired shapes before drying and attaches to most materials including plastic. The glue is typically applied directly onto the crack and flattened into shape using your fingers. Also, depending on the product, you can spray the glue with water before it dries for a smoother surface that is free of fingerprints and lumps.