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Old 02-25-2018, 04:09 PM
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I stuck a thermometer in my vent and with the engine idling the temperature goes up to about 50 deg F. With the engine at about 2000 rpm the temp varies between 42 and 46. This is with the outside temp at about 82. Yes that's more than 35 deg but the car takes about 25 minutes of driving to get cool if the sun is shining. Warms up when I stop at traffic light. Open the door for a moment and car gets warm again, takes another 8 min to get cool again. Cools off much faster if it is cloudy outside. Much faster. And that damn black dash stays really hot and radiates heat toward me. I sometimes put the air flow on defrost to try and cool off the dash. I bet a dash mat would help a bit, as well as putting a cargo cover over the cargo, and tinting the rear window and rear side windows. I also found that the vent temp is a degree or 2 cooler with the fan on 2 or 3 instead of 4
 
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Old 02-26-2018, 07:50 AM
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Originally Posted by nomenclator View Post
I stuck a thermometer in my vent and with the engine idling the temperature goes up to about 50 deg F. With the engine at about 2000 rpm the temp varies between 42 and 46. This is with the outside temp at about 82. Yes that's more than 35 deg but the car takes about 25 minutes of driving to get cool if the sun is shining. Warms up when I stop at traffic light. Open the door for a moment and car gets warm again, takes another 8 min to get cool again. Cools off much faster if it is cloudy outside. Much faster. And that damn black dash stays really hot and radiates heat toward me. I sometimes put the air flow on defrost to try and cool off the dash. I bet a dash mat would help a bit, as well as putting a cargo cover over the cargo, and tinting the rear window and rear side windows. I also found that the vent temp is a degree or 2 cooler with the fan on 2 or 3 instead of 4
In regards to dash, that's why I advocate parking in the shade if possible and a windshield visor. That dash acts as a heat sink while you're try to cool down the car. I don't know how much a dash mat would help as eventually it will heat soak as well?

In the summer I park in the shade with a windshield visor. I also have tint and a DIY cargo cover. The Fit doesn't take that long to cool down.
 
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Old 02-27-2018, 10:44 AM
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If I lived where there was intense sunshine I'd "plasti-dip" my roof with peelable white paint. Alternatively, I'd have someone apply that white film I see on new cars being transported to dealers.

I would give it a Mini Cooper look:

 

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Old 02-28-2018, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Press Fit View Post
If I lived where there was intense sunshine I'd "plasti-dip" my roof with peelable white paint. Alternatively, I'd have someone apply that white film I see on new cars being transported to dealers.

I would give it a Mini Cooper look:

You're pulling my leg, right? They really don't make "plasti-dip" paint that you can use on the roof of your car, do they? I have a black Fit. A black Fit with a white roof would be so badass.
Also, the paint would help protect the roof if I decided to do something like this:
https://www.instructables.com/id/Car...und-Ten-Bucks/
 
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That's not going to protect the thin sheet metal from denting soon as you start ratcheting it down.

If you want a white roof, I'd do vinyl wrap. That would be more durable than plasti-dip.
 
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Old 02-28-2018, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by 2Rismo2 View Post
That's not going to protect the thin sheet metal from denting soon as you start ratcheting it down.
I think the kayak could be hauled on top if you made big enough footprints with the foam. The vinyl would keep it from scratching.
 
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