I think that springs are next on my list. What did you get, and why?
I have poly bushings and Koni Reds all around. I'll be getting a rebuilt steering idler box this week- just enough play in it now that it can't be properly aligned.
I'm lucky with my dash- never had a crack. I've used Zymol Vinyl on all my vinyl and I swear by it. I think the trick is to never use silicone based products. They make everything look shiny, but they pull the moisture out.
Another reason I use Zymol products? They smell so good!
Gotta cook up some pasta for tomorrow to check my handling!
I know this post is over a year old, but it's a persistent myth that just needs to be corrected (all due respect to rcmanners). A quick lookup of the Zymol MSDS documention on their vinyl products shows the presence of polysiloxanes in both available products. Which means, yes, Zymol Vinyl does indeed contain silicone. Silicone is not the problem with products used on interior plastics and vinyls. Silicone (an incredibly broad term, by the way) is a group of inert ingredients that are usually added to a product to either modify the characteristics of another ingredient, or to aid in application (spreading) or wipe off of the product. They can
increase gloss, but they don't have to. They can make a product greasy and slimy, but they don't have to. It all depends on which silicones the manufacture chooses, and how much they use. And, technically, there is no such thing as a "silicone based" product when discussing automotive vinyl, rubber or tire care products. They are all either water based or solvent based. Either can, and usually do, contain some sort of silicone but they don't have to. Interestingly, in my search for the MSDS documentation on this product I came across a discussion on a Porsche forum about the horrors of silicones on German vinyl. One of the highly recommended products was Meguiar's M40 Vinyl & Rubber Cleaner/Conditioner. It was praised for it's low sheen, non greasy or slippery feel and was recommended for interior use on delicate German vinyl where, according to the author, silicone is a HUGE no-no. Well, I happen to work for Meguiar's; my title is Senior Global Product & Training Specialist. And I'm here to tell you that our M40 contains silicone. Yet, the author of that article condemned any product with silicone as being verboten on German vinyl due to it's unique nature (another point I'll argue, but that's for another discussion). Even so, he highly recommended Meguiar's M40. With silicone. Hmmmmm.......
I've had similar discussions with a gentleman who praised a certain "boutique brand" water based dressing, claiming to have used it monthly for nearly a decade on his car (which is German made, come to think of it), and used that anecdote as supposed proof that water based is superior to silicone based. Which, as I've already mentioned, is a misnomer and totally inaccurate. His product of choice, according to the MSDS, contained more silicone than even Meguiar's Natural Shine (a consumer line derivative of our M40) and yet it caused zero issues on his car with repeated use over many years. In fact, he claimed his interior looked "as good as new". When I pointed out that his first hand experience proved my point that silicone is not the horror show so many believe it to be, he never returned to the discussion.
Now, this certainly does not imply that there is anything at all wrong with the Zymol product that rcmanners seems to be so fond of. If he's used it for an extended period of time and really likes it - how it applies, durability, final appearance, aroma, etc - then I say great, stick with it!!
You've found a product that works well and that you enjoy using. That means you'll use it regularly and keep the interior of your car looking good for a long, long time. I wish more people would do that, regardless the car(s) they own.
Oh, and to keep in the spirit of this thread - today I replaced the rubber weatherstripping on the trunk of my '74 Spider.