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Dash and Leather cleaning, carpets too

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    Dash and Leather cleaning, carpets too

    Simple, what do you guys use to clean your dash and plastic parts, your leather, and your carpet? I notice a lot of peoples pics of there cars look real black and slick on the inside... i know armoral works well but messes up your shit, is there any other way?

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    Funny you should ask that question, I did all of the above yesterday..
    You dont have to but if your interior is DIRTY, which mine was, it helps to remove all of it. Just takes a socket set and a phillips head to take it all out. Only special item you will need is a deep 13mm socket to remove the front seats. I left the upper porton of the rear seats in. If you do want to remove them you need a torqs bit to remove them. Anyway. I cleaned all of the plastic pieces inside, with a sponge and mild soap. It will strip all of the protectant and stuff off of em and leave it nice and clean. My interior, although it looked good still, was extreamly dirty. After the soap and water, they all got a rinse under running water and then towel dried with a no lint towel. Im a fan of Formula 2001, so thats what I used. To each his own on what product you want to dress them with. I've heard Zaino makes a great product, but never ordered any... if it was available locally I'd probably try some. The leather I just used the same spounge and mild soap.. dried them and used Mothers Leather Conditioner. Then it was onto the carpet. Steam cleaned it with a bissel and used their "Natural Orange" cleaner. It has orange oil in it and works GREAT on soda stains (which my friends seem to love to leave for me) and it smells great too. Reassemble and you're done. Its a long process but it looks brand new when you're done!

    Heres a pic with all the interior removed. I left the dash in and just cleaned it in place. Note the soda stains all on the passengers side

    These are all of the pieces I removed and cleaned inside

    Everything going back in.. carpets cleaned and convertible top switch panel being prepped for my new "Mod" lol

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    Most products will yeild similar results and its all personal preferance wether or not you like Armorall's slippry feeling (wether or not its harmful), leather conditioner which leaves seats supple, without a coating or just mild slickness like the Formula 2001.

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    wow nice!!!!! im going to do that tomorrow!!!! nice nice nice

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    The GM badge on the top switch panel is a nice touch. I might have to look in to that.

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    now that's a deep cleaning

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corvettekid82 View Post
    Funny you should ask that question, I did all of the above yesterday..
    You dont have to but if your interior is DIRTY, which mine was, it helps to remove all of it. Just takes a socket set and a phillips head to take it all out. Only special item you will need is a deep 13mm socket to remove the front seats. I left the upper porton of the rear seats in. If you do want to remove them you need a torqs bit to remove them. Anyway. I cleaned all of the plastic pieces inside, with a sponge and mild soap. It will strip all of the protectant and stuff off of em and leave it nice and clean. My interior, although it looked good still, was extreamly dirty. After the soap and water, they all got a rinse under running water and then towel dried with a no lint towel. Im a fan of Formula 2001, so thats what I used. To each his own on what product you want to dress them with. I've heard Zaino makes a great product, but never ordered any... if it was available locally I'd probably try some. The leather I just used the same spounge and mild soap.. dried them and used Mothers Leather Conditioner. Then it was onto the carpet. Steam cleaned it with a bissel and used their "Natural Orange" cleaner. It has orange oil in it and works GREAT on soda stains (which my friends seem to love to leave for me) and it smells great too. Reassemble and you're done. Its a long process but it looks brand new when you're done!

    Heres a pic with all the interior removed. I left the dash in and just cleaned it in place. Note the soda stains all on the passengers side
    Click for full size
    These are all of the pieces I removed and cleaned inside
    Click for full size
    Everything going back in.. carpets cleaned and convertible top switch panel being prepped for my new "Mod" lol
    Click for full size
    $ shot
    Click for full size
    New mod:
    Click for full size

    Most products will yeild similar results and its all personal preferance wether or not you like Armorall's slippry feeling (wether or not its harmful), leather conditioner which leaves seats supple, without a coating or just mild slickness like the Formula 2001.
    Lokks great, like a brand new one. BTW how long did it take you to do all of this?

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    It took about a full 5 hours. Thats in the florida heat and rain.. so I had to take breaks in between.

    Oh, and Hi Brian! Any chance you're going out to the Daytona cruise today? I got that GM badge for free... I work in rental car.. and they dont notice if a small badge like that "falls off".

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    The best to use is the Meguiars NXT Interior Cleaner.....That stuff is awesome with the dash and door panels....For the seats I use the new Armorall Gel like conditioner in the brown bottle....To each their own..

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    Too many mods too list......

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    I hate armorall with a passion. I think it smells like ass and doesn't do a good job. I use BlackMagic interior/dash/leather and it'll make the whole interior about 2 shades darker + it smells like sweet carrots [don't know why, but i dig that]. Amazing results; cures after a day so it's not as slippery but ther's still some slickness. I normally use it heavily on everything and lightly on my seat, especially the part where my ass goes so i don't slide off during a hardcore break check.


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