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Old 09-07-2000, 08:23 PM   #1
Bob OM,Md
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Question About cleaning interior panels...

Okay, here's one of those simple questions:
What should I use to clean the interior of my Forester? I have always used Armor-All with very good results. My '82 LandCruiser dashboard cover looked almost new when I sold the vehicle last July. But, that's because I always used the stuff. I am aware that in the past several years some other products have hit the market.
But I am ahead of myself. Before I do the finish "dressing" I want to use a cleaner on the door and kick panels first. I have the beige interior and while I like it, it gets dirty fast!
I'd appreciate any suggestions as to what to use --in addition to some elbow grease-- to get my interior looking like new again. Thanks
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Old 09-07-2000, 09:35 PM   #2
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I use Armor-All Detailer's Advantage. It works great. My Legacy interior is also beige, and it looks great after I Armor-all it.

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Old 09-07-2000, 09:44 PM   #3
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I use a mild soap and water. Very little mind you. Then I dress it up with a little Amor-all. Works for me
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Old 09-08-2000, 09:12 AM   #4
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Nothing [and I really mean NOTHING] works better than Pledge Grab-its...or the Swifters(who ever makes them) at removing the dust/lint. After that, a quick Armor all should shine her up beatifully.

Personally, I'm afraid the paper towels might scratch the interior! j/k
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Old 09-08-2000, 09:21 AM   #5
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windex all-purpose, oh yeah!
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Old 09-08-2000, 09:25 AM   #6

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Just open all the windows and point a leaf-blower in one side.
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Old 09-08-2000, 09:38 AM   #7
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So what would you use to clean the sunroof fabric? Since it just slides back, it gets very dirty. I've tried to clean it before, but it just yanks the fibers out and makes it look like a shag-rug above my head...

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Old 09-08-2000, 11:07 AM   #8
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I just wanted to second SilverSuby's comment about the Pledge wipes. Those things work like magic! My wife and I took a trip up Pikes Peak and the interior was covered in red dust. One wipe cleaned all the plastic interior!

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Old 09-08-2000, 02:19 PM   #9
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I found some cool 3M stuff, cleaner and protector. It gives the inside a nice shine without being too slimy (I really don't like how slimy Armor All makes my car!). Plus it has a nice fresh scent...which is good now that my *sniff, sniff!* new car smell has worn out. (hey, what a little crappy pun I made there!)

The 3M stuff comes in a little black bottle with a blue cap.

For the windows...diluted Simple Green.

Did I mention I spent 6 hours washing the OUTSIDE of my car a couple weeks ago? Look, I am a freak about having a clean car.

D. Neil Crawford
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