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Old 9th October 2007, 15:58   #1
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Default Dashboard reflection on windscreen

I run into this situation quite often. The dashboard reflects sunlight, which gets reflected again on the windscreen. Most times it just annoyance, but sometimes I feel unsafe driving with it. How can it be handled most effectively?

Possible solutions:
1. Cleaning the dashboard more frequently (will it be effective?)
2. Matt black dashboard polishes (are these available? which brands? what about the heat absorption?)
3. Non-reflective dashboard mats / spreading a black cloth on the dash.
4. Anti-reflective polish on windscreen (my imagination).
5. Using Polaroid sunglasses.

What do you guys use? How effective is it?
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Old 9th October 2007, 16:03   #2
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BTW which car do you drive k36.

I have observed cars with light colored dashboards like new accent reflect badly on windscreen,the other reason is use of film on windscreen.

Ive never had such issues on any of my cars even when i had film on windscreen so i am clueless about the possible solutions.
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I use Polaroid sunglasses and I have found NO better solution.
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Dashboard mats are available for this purpose which are non-glossy !
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I use Polaroid sunglasses and I have found NO better solution.
i second SAM here, using Polaroid sunglasses is the best way to deal with it.

they are amazing and available at Shoppers Stop.

go get one fast and injoy

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Old 9th October 2007, 16:17   #6
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BTW which car do you drive k36.

I have observed cars with light colored dashboards like new accent reflect badly on windscreen,the other reason is use of film on windscreen.
I have a Swift. Dash is black and is not too glossy, and I don't have any film on the windscreen.
The reflection tends to be prominent at particular angles of sunlight.
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Old 9th October 2007, 16:18   #7
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Yes, the Accent dashborads do reflect the light, especially if you have antiglare film on them. I put a dark cloth when the reflection is bad. Permanent solution not identified.
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Its quite unusual to hear that the stock greyish black dashboard is causing reflection. Normally it happens in cars with beige interiors.
I guess your the front glass is tooo clean n shiny which is causing the reflection. lol
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New accents have beige interiors.
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Its quite unusual to hear that the stock greyish black dashboard is causing reflection. Normally it happens in cars with beige interiors.
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New accents have beige interiors.
Hain??
I didn't get your point.!!
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Hain??
I didn't get your point.!!
Accents which were sold after mid 2006 have beige interiors and not greyish black ones.
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Is it true that dark colored dashboard doesn't reflect while a light colored dashboard reflect? Someone from Honda India told me so.

NHC has dual tone dashboard, dark on top, light below it. Surprisingly, Aveo also has dual tone dashboard but with light on top & dark below it. Which is a better option, NHC's or Aveo's?
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Polarized sunglasses will do the trick. Polaroid is a brand name, any polarized sunglass will eliminate/reduce the glare/reflection on your windscreen.

Do check the glass are polarized when you buy them. One way of checking is to see your mobile screen through the glasses. Rotate your glasses while peering through it, and at a particular angle (when rotating) the mobile screen will become opaque. That is a simple enough test.

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well,... optic physics and lighting,.. that's my favorite.

well, it is true that light colored dashboards or for that matter, any light colored object like a sheet of white paper will also show up on your windscreen.

it is just that a black dashboard is not seen as an image on the windscreen but it does bounce off the windscreen harmlessly.

though a few may think that this happens only with sunlight hitting the dashboard at an angle, this phenomenon can happen even during night with both sodium vapour or mercury vapour HID street lamps.

it all has to do with the tilt that the windscreen has with respect to your eye's planar angle. an imaginary internal reflecting prism is formed. straighter windscreens tend to reflect less or none at all.

and films will increase the reflection intensity.

in all this can be very dangerous, 'cause the human eye tends to focus quickly and sub-conciously to the more brighter and nearer image than a farther one.

what can be done to avoid this:
- for black dashboards,... make sure no object lies around on the dashboard even if your car has space for a football ground there.
- for white dashboards,... try the best aesthetic way possible to darken up the top part of the dashboard atleast.
- use no films on front windscreen (sorry i do use one.)

a simple and techno solution as told by sam and recommended by a few others,.. polarized sunglasses (not good for those who dont like sunglasses like myself :( )



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i have the same problem, have u put a sunfilm in ur front windscreen, cause my cars got it and its annoying.
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