If you find that your dashboard is cracked and ugly and you want to fix it, but do not have the money to buy and install a new one, fear not, there are several things you can do to repair your dashboard at home, without the expense of a repair shop, or buying a whole new dashboard. These tricks will not be perfect, but they will be less noticeable then the cracks and can ad a personal touch to your car.
The first thing you will want to do is verify the cracks that you wish to repair. These cracks can be very small or very big, they can be long or thin, and each kind deserves a different approach.
If there are only a couple of tiny cracks that are not very wide, but can be kind of long, you might just want to get some refresher for your car. the reason your dashboard has cracked is because the sun has dried out the materials that have been used to create your dashboard and they need to have some of their oils put back in. usually these refreshers only require you to squirt a substance on them and then rub them in, be careful around the cracks however, as you do not want to make them bigger. If the cracks are small enough the swelling of your dashboard from the refresher should be able to hide them.
If your dashboard is made out a vinyl, you might want to try a vinyl repair kit. These kits usually come in several different colors and you can pick and choose the one that most closely resembles the color of your dashboard. Follow the instructions on the back of the pack and do your best to cover the spot without to much notice. If you do a good enough jobs it will blend in, so that only people who know it is there will be able to see it.
A more unconventional approach uses odd materials. If you have something that is not vinyl but is a rubber-like consistency, you may want to try and repair it with a liquid rubber. Liquid electrical tape works very nicely for hiding the cracks in your dashboard, and can be purchased from your local hardware store. Unfortunately, you are limited in the number of color choices you can have for your car, but the black and red usually match the color of your vehicles dash very nicely.