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Old 06-19-2008, 12:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best way to clean vinyl?

Just picked up my seats for the Galaxie. (RE: Good buy?). They are in pretty good shape...just REAL dirty. What is the best way to clean them? They are vinyl and have crud on them. You can see what I mean in the pics. Gonna look real good in the car! Got the front and rear seats, door panels and rear panels for $300.

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Old 06-19-2008, 12:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Best way to clean vinyl?

armor all cleaning wipes have worked good for me, though I have heard horror stories about folks using Armor All on dried up old vinyl. If you were careful, simple green cleans anything, just use a good protectant after to keep the material mosturized
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Old 06-19-2008, 01:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I KNOW this is going to raise some hackels but if you go to a GM dealer they have some gm vinyl cleaner that is the best thing that I have ever used to clean vinyl. My son is a GM diesel mechanic and they use this to clean off any grease or stains they put on customers cars or trucks so he gave me a bottle and I cleaned stuff off of my door handles and door pannels that I could not get off with anything else and it's made to clean vinyl.
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Old 06-19-2008, 02:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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64 Rag,
No hackles up here. GM vehicles are typically much filthier than anything from FoMoCo. It is understandable they would need a heavy duty scum remover. Feel sorry for them.
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Old 06-19-2008, 02:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Best way to clean vinyl?

I don't have a product for you but would advise not to use a harsh chemical. you might lose the smoothness.
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What are those seats from? My 66 convertable has those and they are different then both of my 64 cars....
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Old 06-19-2008, 10:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Best way to clean vinyl?

I've heard that armor all wasn't good in the long term for vinyl etc. That after a time and then stop using the stuff deteriorates but i don't know this for a fact. I use baby oil on mine but when i cleaned them, they are white, I used spot shot carpet spot remover. It worked great.

People say don't use harsh cleaners but I don't see some 409 or cleanser or something doing much damage to get the initial cleaning done and finish up with a good vinyl dressing or baby oil or something on them.

I used to burn my finger tips scrubbing mine with bleach and comet cleanser back in the day. That was when Comet was a cleanser and not talcum powder like it seems to be these days. Granted my seats are falling apart now but more due to exposure to the elements most of it's life with no top.
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The guy said the buckets were out of an LTD, but thought they were XL buckets that had been recovered, but he was not sure of the year. The rear seat is out of an LTD as are the door panels. The rear seat has a flip-down arm rest. (He pulled everything out of a 65 500).

I really don't care about model correct this and that. I just pick pieces that work together and will look good. I'm going to get some upholstery to match the seats and fill the inserts on the LTD door panels.

The buckets are missing 3 pieces of trim on the lower halves. Anyone know where I could pick that up? I also need black seat belts for the front and rear. My 6 year old son won't ride in the car without sitting in the back (good boy) and I don't have any seat belts back there...therefore, he can't ride and he won't ride without being belted in.

This guy had at least 10 65-66 Galaxies in a field behind his shop. I couldn't believe it Most of them were complete cars too.

Sorry to ramble. Glad it's FRIDAY!!!

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The guy said the buckets were out of an LTD, but thought they were XL buckets that had been recovered, but he was not sure of the year. The rear seat is out of an LTD as are the door panels. The rear seat has a flip-down arm rest. (He pulled everything out of a 65 500).

I really don't care about model correct this and that. I just pick pieces that work together and will look good. I'm going to get some upholstery to match the seats and fill the inserts on the LTD door panels.

The buckets are missing 3 pieces of trim on the lower halves. Anyone know where I could pick that up? I also need black seat belts for the front and rear. My 6 year old son won't ride in the car without sitting in the back (good boy) and I don't have any seat belts back there...therefore, he can't ride and he won't ride without being belted in.

This guy had at least 10 65-66 Galaxies in a field behind his shop. I couldn't believe it Most of them were complete cars too.

Sorry to ramble. Glad it's FRIDAY!!!

Bryan

Thats cool. My 66 vert came with those exact seats and I didnt think they where Ford coverings but after seeing your, I think they are!
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Old 06-20-2008, 03:08 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Best way to clean vinyl?

I used armor all but it wasnt the protectant, it was kind of a generic cleaner in a blue spray bottle. It did a pretty good job getting the scum and tree tar off my panels. But if its too dried and cracked i doubt anything would help. I have also used Nu Vinyl, its really shiney, but also squeaky and a little to glossy. I have had the wipes but they dry out or dont have alot of product in them and the dash gets spotty.
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I like the Meguiars products. I use that on the leather in my Lincoln and the vinyl in the 64.
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