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Old 06-22-2008, 06:55 PM   #1
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Default Cleaning red stitching on leather pieces

Some of the red stitching on my steering wheel has become darker than on other parts, due to it being touched way more. Is there a good way to clean and restore some of the brightness without harming the leather around it? And visa verse, what is the best way to clean the leather without potentially harming the red thread.

I have been using Meguiar's leather cleaner/conditioner wipes so far, but am looking at other products.
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Old 06-22-2008, 07:17 PM   #2
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1z cokpit should work with a little bit of rubbing
maybe woolite? not sure but it can be used for so many thing...
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Old 06-22-2008, 08:21 PM   #3
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hmmm.. maybe a fabric cleaner sprayed on a qtip?
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Old 06-23-2008, 02:07 AM   #4
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Soft bristle toothbrush would work better. Some 303 Fabric Cleaner or diluted Woollite.
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Old 06-23-2008, 02:04 PM   #5
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^ good call. +1 to that.
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Old 06-23-2008, 11:24 PM   #6
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Thanks for the tips. I will try and pick up some 303 Fabric Cleaner this week.

I planed to try the 1Z out at some point to compare it to 303, so maybe it will be sooner than later
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Old 06-24-2008, 01:14 PM   #7
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I managed to pick up the 303 cleaner last night and did half the wheel. It seems to have brought the red color out a bit more. It is not brand new red, but there is a noticeable difference between the two sides of the wheel.

The greatest improvement was on my hand brake level, as the light hits the thread much better than on the inside of the wheel.

All in all, 303 worked well enough and thanks for the recommendations. And to pass along the advice, think twice about cleaning three year old floor mattes in the bath tub...
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Old 06-25-2008, 04:10 PM   #8
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A suggestion for your floormats, take them to the laundry mat. Make sure the washer is the kind that spins and not like a home style one (with the verticle thing). Wouldn't recommend drying it in the dryer though unless you use a very low setting.
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Old 06-25-2008, 04:51 PM   #9
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Suggestion for those on a budget...

Little Green Extractor from Home Depot is on sale right now. It will work wonders on the interior and floormats. It saves multiple hours of work.

-Martin
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Old 06-25-2008, 06:58 PM   #10
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Another floormat suggestion if you are SUPER cheap.

Head to the nearest spray bay and bring a scrub brush. Lay your floormats out and sprey them to all hell with the pressure washer. Spray your favorite carpet cleaner and scrub scrub scrub and then let sit for a minute and spray them off.

Most spray bays nowadays actually have mat holders to dry them iirc.
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I managed to pick up the 303 cleaner last night and did half the wheel. It seems to have brought the red color out a bit more. It is not brand new red, but there is a noticeable difference between the two sides of the wheel.

The greatest improvement was on my hand brake level, as the light hits the thread much better than on the inside of the wheel.

All in all, 303 worked well enough and thanks for the recommendations. And to pass along the advice, think twice about cleaning three year old floor mattes in the bath tub...

Was the 303 up to par in cleaning the leather parts of the steering wheel? thanks
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Old 02-13-2009, 07:18 PM   #12
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Soft bristle toothbrush would work better. Some 303 Fabric Cleaner or diluted Woollite.
thats what i use to clean mine
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Old 02-15-2009, 01:21 AM   #13
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where do i get 303 fabric cleaner at??
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Old 02-15-2009, 01:08 PM   #14
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You can purchase it online - search Aerospace 303. I, personally, have not found it in auto stores locally. However, if you have a mmarina store in town, they might carry the 303 product line.
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Old 02-15-2009, 01:37 PM   #15
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where do i get 303 fabric cleaner at??
I think JnJ Associates sells that
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holy bump but if anyone's still interested, MR CLEAN MAGIC ERASER!!!!!!!!!!! i actually just did that and with a little elbow grease, it all came off without any chemicals that might ruin the leather.
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holy bump but if anyone's still interested, MR CLEAN MAGIC ERASER!!!!!!!!!!! i actually just did that and with a little elbow grease, it all came off without any chemicals that might ruin the leather.
Thanks for the tip. Just tried it and it worked a treat. Although it will strip the oils on the leather, so you'll need to re-nourish the leather.

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Old 02-21-2009, 06:46 AM   #18
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Suggestion for those on a budget...

Little Green Extractor from Home Depot is on sale right now. It will work wonders on the interior and floormats. It saves multiple hours of work.

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Little Green Clean machine? I love it for cleaning up after the kid in the back seat.
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Old 02-24-2009, 11:22 PM   #19
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I use Blackfire Interior cleaner its supposed to be safe for all surfaces and it seems to brighten it up (after it drys):

http://www.blackfireusa.com/blincl.html
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