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Old 08-13-2011, 01:53 PM   #1
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I admit it, I smoke in my STi. I sat in the car yesterday and noticed it now just smells like cigs...wondering what products work better than the dollar store air freshener to get the smell gone
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Old 08-13-2011, 02:35 PM   #2
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take the seats out and clean them with a heavy duty carpet cleaner or rent a rug doctor or something and then do the entire carpet. AND STOP SMOKING
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Old 08-13-2011, 02:38 PM   #3
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there a product called ozium that i heard works but not sure. i belive u can get it at autozone or something similar. i would shampoo ur carpets, seats and headliners then spray it down might work
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Old 08-13-2011, 03:15 PM   #4
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ODOR TERMINATOR
http://www.prowax.com/odor_terminato...erminator.html

Bought this after a "friend" of mine left a box of squid in my car after fishing. All better now!

Found this after researching recommendations on Autopia
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Old 08-13-2011, 08:50 PM   #5
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Multiple treatments of febreeze and or similar products you can get at auto parts stores. Stop smoking will help too and you will feel a hell of alot better.
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Old 08-13-2011, 09:45 PM   #6
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also look into changing your cabin filter. carpet/upholstery cleaner will yield the best results.
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Old 08-13-2011, 09:57 PM   #7
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Use a rug doctor to clean interior. After use JDM squash consistantly to have a odor free environment.
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:42 PM   #8
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well I plan on having the car professionally detailed in & out before fall/winter time, but for now I think I might order that Odor Terminator posted above. Thanks guys!
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:45 PM   #9
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I may get flamed for this but i think jiffy lube has a air sanitizing service that is supposed to work really well at eliminating odors. yes change the cabin air filter as well.
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:16 AM   #10
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See if you can rent / borrow an air ionizer. We used them at the detail shop I used to work at to get rid of funk in cars all the time. Just turn it on roll up all the windows and turn the air on full blast with the ionizer on.
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:55 PM   #11
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Baking soda, lots of baking soda. It should help a little but don't expect the smell to be completely gone.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:45 AM   #12
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I used this:

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/...rrivals&page=1

and

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/...rrivals&page=1

In a Hyunda that had inches of water sitting in it for a week or 2. It smelled terrible. After this treatment and with some airing out it was better than it was prior to getting wet!
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:57 PM   #13
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Sometimes when my car smells, i spray Febreeze or Lysol to kill the odors and stuff, then leave an air freshener...how strong is the cig smell?
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:38 PM   #14
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there a product called ozium that i heard works but not sure. i belive u can get it at autozone or something similar. i would shampoo ur carpets, seats and headliners then spray it down might work
/\ Stuff works great! so does cleaning your carpet and changing your cabin filter!
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:49 AM   #15
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The smoke/stink is IN your headliner/upholstery by using "bombs" and air freshener you're just masking the odor.. You need to clean it thoroughly.
If you have an air-compressor or know of anyone with one buy this tool and use Mcguiars All Purpose Cleaner (APC)

There are multiple brands of this tool but all the same thing. Shop around i got mine on sale for 80.00
http://www.autogeek.net/pinnacle-car...FY9S7AodIGap9w

I thought my interior was spotless then i used this on my headliner. The effects are night and day!
It isn't just for headliners either, you can use it on seats/dash/carpet. It's the most incredible cleaning tool and it makes your vehicle smell soooo clean.

Worth the money and then some.
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Old 08-18-2011, 01:39 AM   #16
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maybe try electronic cigarrettes while driving? thats a possible solution
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:40 AM   #17
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To be 100% honest, I smoke in my STi all the time. I find that if I roll only one window down, the majority of the smoke smoke tends to flow out the window. I then roll down all my windows and continue my drive that way. As long as I keep on cleaning up the left over ash with a Swiffer duster, the smell seems to eliminate itself. You get the "days of smell" issue when you let the smoke sit.

I know it sounds stupid and basic, but just a tip from someone who's been smoking in Impreza's for a few years.
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Old 08-18-2011, 10:11 AM   #18
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Yep. I used to smoke, and that kept the vast majority of the smell out of the car. Smoke with a window half down, and don't ash in the car. Take the butt with you when you get out.
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Old 08-18-2011, 03:58 PM   #19
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ozium Will work
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:15 PM   #20
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Don't lazy and do it half assed using ozium/febreeze.. CLEAN it.. don't mask it.
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:56 PM   #21
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Haha, good luck trying to get it out in one shot. at work, we have an ozone machine that we use to "purify" the air inside the vehicle. it smells like crap for a long ass time, but theres no more smoke smell. afterwards, we clean carpets, seats, headliner, and especially windows. even if one cig was in the car, windows down or not, there WILL be a film on your front windshield. clean that off and you will be a happy camper.

as for the average joe method, febreze works quite well for removing odors, but i highly recommend using a steam cleaner to clean all fabric. then a complete wipe down of ALL surfaces. vacuum the entire car, wipe clean all windows. then after all of that, use a bit of febreeze and it should smell quite good inside. a thorough clean like that would take around 6-8 hrs perhaps more depending on your experience and how detailed you are. takes me about 2 days to do odor removal + interior clean at work. (12 hrs w. machine on, 12 hrs to air out.)

Im not gonna ask you to quit smoking. i will however recommend that when you do smoke, to not let any of it get inside the vehicle. it should help you maintain that clean car smell for longer.
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:34 PM   #22
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Jay has it perfect but for the average its a bit much so stick to his average joe directions... You could be amazed how windows, vacuum and wipe down will refresh your car.
Btw 2011 sti owner here, smoker too... I just keep the windows all the way down all the time.
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:12 AM   #23
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Don't lazy and do it half assed using ozium/febreeze.. CLEAN it.. don't mask it.
what he said.
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:12 AM   #24
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It is super hard to remove the smoke smell...however, it will never be completely removed because the smoke absorbs into the seats.
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Old 08-20-2011, 02:46 AM   #25
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Put NON-MATCHLIGHT charcoal in a couple socks and stash them under the seats. Baking soda helps too and install a new ac filter
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