Try Woolite in small doses. It can do wonders on interior upholstery. Also look into steam cleaning, you can rent those from most places. But definitely try the Woolite with a damp rag and a bucket of water first.jetmech727 wrote:I've a question regarding upholstry. My front seats are pretty dirty and I can't seem to get them clean. Mostly grime from work and stupid me spilled coffee on it once, and now theres spots I can't get out. I've tried Turtle wax upholstry cleaner but It does nothing. It's the can with the brush on it. Usless. I was going to mix up some Tide and Oxy clean and go nuts with a brush. Looking forward to some ideas.Thanks
One of the best ways to clean glass is to use newspaper, a foaming cleaner, and triple 0 (thats 000) steel wool. It sounds ridiculous I know but it works wonders on hard water stains, wax, and any other buildup of grime or streaks on the glass. Spray the cleaner, use the steel wool as you would a paper towel and dry with newspaper. Be sure to dust/water down the car afterwards cause pieces of the steel wool can shed.09vGT wrote:Is there ANY way to remove carwash wax from the windows. I've tried about everything, even fingernail polish remover. Also, talking of cleaning the windows, is there a way to remove hard water stains from the windows. Mine are covered in them. Simple window cleaners will not work.
Paint can be tricky. Once you have completed the painting I would wet sand gently working from a harsher to a softer grit (up to 2000 or higher if available). It is crucial to keep the sandpaper wet and a clean wet rag to continuously wipe it down. Your never going to get shine from sanding because at some point you will need to use a compound or deep polish like a Meguiar's #83 or higher to start getting the paint back. Then step up to a #80 and finally some wax. I use the number system for Meguiar's because their professional line of products are not available at most stores and Meg's identifies their products by #.djkeev wrote:I painted a car and sanded out a few spots of overspray as well as a few sags. I used 1000 grit paper. The paint is a single stage paint. How can I get the original pre-sanding shine back?I've polished it with various grits of polish but I'm removing paint with adequate shine but nothing to match the original after spraying shine that I had. Any secrets??Dave
1). I would try the Woolite first. Just a little bit with water can do a lot. You can also try straight Dawn dish detergent. Rub it on gently with your finger and wipe with the proper rag. A regular wet wash rag should work, just be cautious cause headliners are easily pilled and disfigured because the material is so thin. Also you could give a steamer a shot.09vGT wrote:1). Whats the best way to remove stain from the headliner? It looks like soda, no idea how it got up there. Other things could be bugs guts too.
2). What can I put on the black part of my exterior mirror and black plastic part under the windshield around the wiper area? Its starting to fade and turn whitish in color.
3). The insides of my wheels are black. I assume its just brake dust as I never clean inside. Looks like tar to. Any product that'll clean it up easy?
Ahhh! Automatic car washes, NOOOOO. LOL, I understand the logic, and if I had to use one it would be the touchless ones that just spray your car, no brushes. The wash I use down the street on occasion now and in the winter does a hand wash, rinse, hand dry, vacuum, windows, wheels and tires for $17 and your 10th wash is free. Can't beat it.crazytrain wrote:Simple Green - I like that stuff. Most often I don't have the time to wash the car myself, so I'll go through an automatic car wash. I haven't found one that gets the wheels completely clean (can't get inside the grooves). So, before I drive through I'll spray the wheels with some simple green as I'm getting gas. Gives it time to set a bit and by the time I enter the car wash the dirt loosens up. The water from the car wash will rinse it away and most of the dirt is gone.
I'm a proponent of Vinegar mixed with water in a spray bottle and newspaper. Works well in most cases, but I could not get over the smell afterwards, especially inside the car on a hot day.crazytrain wrote:Whelan - what do you think about using vinegar to get out hard water stains on windows? I've been using it for years and it works great by me. I'm very careful not to get any on the paint and work it in with newspaper. Then I use plain water afterwards, also with newspaper. Windows come out shining. My father taught me that many moons ago.
I could show you a close up of my hood... You have nothing in the way of paint chips that will compare to what 3 winters of sand/rock pelting have done to my car...crazytrain wrote:So, what can I do about all the chipped paint on the hood?
Ahhh, man - sorry to hear that.star_deceiver wrote:I could show you a close up of my hood... You have nothing in the way of paint chips that will compare to what 3 winters of sand/rock pelting have done to my car...crazytrain wrote:So, what can I do about all the chipped paint on the hood?
Few options. You can either get a professional to do the touch up work or find a body/paint shop to repaint the hood (extreme). Or pickup a touch up pen from your dealer and do the following:crazytrain wrote:So, what can I do about all the chipped paint on the hood?
The economy must be getting better and more construction happening in my area as it happened again today - I'm driving on the highway and started to get pelted by sand and small rocks. A mile ahead I come upon two dump trucks hauling dirt and it was like a dust cloud coming off the top. The dust covers on the trucks weren't working too well.
I have so many little areas on the hood where paint has chipped off. What do I do?
Ah yes, those little pieces that never quite come out. One thing is that house vacuums are not the same as shop vacs. I have a 12 gallon 5HP Craftsman shop vac that can suck your face off. It does the trick. Have you tried using a bristle brush attachment? I know some vacuums have also a rotating brush that will spin and pull out extra bits.lannvouivre wrote:How do you get bits of dead grass out of the carpet? It seems that all the vacuuming I've done so far has been futile, even when I use a cyclone vacuum.
This thread gave me a great laugh today.djkeev wrote:So what's become of Blackphoenix?? He made this big offer to share his expertise and DISAPPEARED!!Dave
Yeah I had a chuckle when I read it awhile back, too. Although it looks like now Whelan's disappeared too, which is a much greater loss.Kincaid wrote:This thread gave me a great laugh today.