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Car Care Products

Post by Halgar » Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:42 pm

What kinds of car care products do you like? This 03 'burb I bought hasn't been cleaned in I don't know how long. Decided that I'll replace the carpet and floor mats within the next month or two, so I'm not overly worried about deep cleaning. I'd still like to get them cleaned to at least knock back some of the filth. I am hesitant to use the hand wand on a Rug Doctor carpet cleaner because I don't want to put too much moisture into the carpet or seats. We are somewhat chemically sensitive, so I also don't want to go saturating everything with cleaning solvents. What is going to be the best way to clean carpet and upholstery?

The second part to this question is what products do you like to use for cleaning and protecting all the interior plastics? This thing has been garaged for most of it's life, but will now live in the California sun and elements, so I'm thinking some UV protectant would be a good idea.

Anybody do body work? I'll need to pull a lot of the interior plastic when it comes time to change the carpets. Screwdrivers work, but they also scratch and damage stuff, so I'm happy to pick up some tools to aid in removing interior panels.
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Re: Car Care Products

Post by SFC K » Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:50 am

Sounds like a project in a half. I would check out Harbor Freight. You can get door panel removal tools that are awesome for removing interior parts and are cheap. The plastic versions are the best and come in differ sizes in one package. I have a set and love them.

For interior cleaning and protectant, I use a 3m product but can remember the name and works great. For your location, I would get the windows tinted with some UV protectant film. It would be the best way to preserve the interior if that is your desire.

Carpet cleaning, Zerorez (Spelling) carpet cleaning I have heard does a great job and doesn't use water, but does home carpet cleaning. I wonder if they would do a vehicle interior. Have you heard of them out your way?
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Re: Car Care Products

Post by Halgar » Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:00 pm

I was looking at HF and Amazon for trim tools. Amazon has a set I like for around $20, but the reviews are not so favorable. HF has a set of 3 or 5 for $10, but doesn't have plastic rivet popper pliers which I think will come in handy. I'll look around a bit more to see what I can find.

Most of the windows already have uv tinting, but you can't legally do front windows or windshield, so a topical protectant for the dash and door panels seems like a good idea. When you get a chance, get me the name of that 3M product. I'm also going to look at Mother's and McGuire's products, since those are both highly rated.

Zerorez sounds familiar, doubtful that a carpet company will do vehicle detailing, but might be worth a shot. I've actually decided to pull the rear carpet out and go to town on it with the hose and scrub brushes. With it out of the vehicle, I'm not at all concerned about moisture issues. Will have to wait for better/warmer weather though. #-o :lol:
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Re: Car Care Products

Post by Halgar » Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:03 am

Quick update on the Burb.

I've had it for a month now. I spent the better part of last week taking the carpet out of the suburban so that it could be thoroughly cleaned. This required pulling most of the plastic trim and all the seats.
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While all the plastic was out, it got cleaned and a coating of MaGuire's cleaner/polish. It seemed to clean ok, but it didn't revive the look at all, so I'm still on the hunt for a good interior shiny shine that doesn't leave a greasy residue.

With the seats out, I figured that this was the perfect time to upgrade the front jump seat to a console, which entailed disassembling the front of the dash and dash skirt. The reason for this upgrade is that the storage in the seat was useless, the console is much deeper and has more cubbies.
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I was into it this far, might as well take care of the various dash squeaks while I was at it, which required pulling the dash cover which had a broken clip mount. Other wires needed isolating/foam protection to stop those squeaks as well.
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The weather has turned for the worse, so I don't have any reassembled or before/after pix yet, but I did have a surprise inspection that passed with flying colors! :lol:
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The pix really don't do justice to how dirty the carpets were or how clean they are now, suffice it to say, there is a night and day difference in how they look and the smell of the Burb now. We've taken a couple day trips over the past few weeks, put on around 600 miles. It's amazing what a difference there is between driving the 02 Sierra that we've had since new, and this 03 Burb. The truck is definitely a truck in all ways, where the Burb is more car like with quieter interior and softer suspension.

When the weather clears I'll post up new pix. I'm also planning on taking care of some of the exterior dents, dings, and paint damage when the weather is better.
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Re: Car Care Products

Post by Halgar » Sat May 04, 2019 3:07 am

Anybody got ideas/recommendations for restoring weathered/faded exterior black plastics? Any particular products you like for restoring and topcoat protection?
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Re: Car Care Products

Post by Halgar » Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:32 am

A quick update. The body work has been completed, completely waxed and buffed, all the exterior plastic trim has been cleaned and restored. Baby looks darned near brand new. I'll get some pix here in the next few days. 8)

It's nice to be finally done with everything, at least done for now. There will always be something that needs a little buff and polish, such as the grill, engine bay, polish up the rims, maybe touch up the paint on the dash . . . But, these things are all minor and can be done as time and inclination allow. I'm ready to sit back and enjoy her for a while. 8)
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Re: Car Care Products

Post by Steve C » Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:18 pm

Looking good! I hear ya on fixin the dash squeaks. With my OCD that's one thing that absolutely drives me nuts when I get into someones vehicle and there's squeaks all over the dash. Makes me want to jump out of the moving car lol.

For faded trim theres one that I can't remember the exact name of off hand but it's Gtech something or other. It's really pricey though and hard to find so there's another good one called TriNova plastic trim restorer that can be bought at Walmart or any auto parts store for about $12, or at least that's what it use to cost so probably still around there.
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