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« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2008, 01:24:27 AM »

I think I'm going to try the Tuff Stuff this weekend, if I can get around to it.  I'm always looking for excuses to take pictures, so I will if when I do it.  Roxanne's headliner is a little dirty!  I only wish there was a magic eraser for cigarette burns  :rolleyes:  Although that's not a biggie for me, being a smoker...

I'm a smoker too, and I'd cut my hand off if I got a burn in my headliner. I've had the butt come back in the window a few times and managed to get 2 burns in the carpet, but they're barely noticable unless you know where they are and are looking. Plus, they're under a floormat so I can live with those. Headliner or seat...I'd be a little less happy bout that.
But I did notice your pack of smokes in your picture gallery. I never thought of using that compartment, and I must say, I tried it out and like it much better. I always kept mine under the radio

Yeah, fortunately the burns are from the previous owner and not me, but luckily all except for one (there's 5 or 6 burn marks) are on the visor, which can be replaced fairly cheaply, and the one on the headliner is not really black at all, more of a "scuff" in the fabric rather than an obvious burn.  So it looks like I have a something to add to my project list -_-

Yeah, that little compartment is much easier to reach than anywhere else I tried.  Now I just have to remind myself to grab them when I get out of the car at home...
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« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2008, 01:46:12 AM »

oops I was wrong, and have been for several months, its not Tuff Stuff.

Its Turtle Wax Interior Carpet Cleaner. Green and Yellow can, with a Yellow, plastic, scrub brush on top.
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« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2008, 01:59:08 AM »

I think I'm going to try the Tuff Stuff this weekend, if I can get around to it.  I'm always looking for excuses to take pictures, so I will if when I do it.  Roxanne's headliner is a little dirty!  I only wish there was a magic eraser for cigarette burns  :rolleyes:  Although that's not a biggie for me, being a smoker...

I'm a smoker too, and I'd cut my hand off if I got a burn in my headliner. I've had the butt come back in the window a few times and managed to get 2 burns in the carpet, but they're barely noticable unless you know where they are and are looking. Plus, they're under a floormat so I can live with those. Headliner or seat...I'd be a little less happy bout that.
But I did notice your pack of smokes in your picture gallery. I never thought of using that compartment, and I must say, I tried it out and like it much better. I always kept mine under the radio

Yeah, fortunately the burns are from the previous owner and not me, but luckily all except for one (there's 5 or 6 burn marks) are on the visor, which can be replaced fairly cheaply, and the one on the headliner is not really black at all, more of a "scuff" in the fabric rather than an obvious burn.  So it looks like I have a something to add to my project list -_-

Yeah, that little compartment is much easier to reach than anywhere else I tried.  Now I just have to remind myself to grab them when I get out of the car at home...

I do have one on my sunroof cover. I was driving, and my friend in the back seat tried to ash out the sunroof. idiot. But I plan to eventually re-cover that anyhow so I try not to look at it.

Can't wait till you try this. Let us know how it goes. I can look past the sunroof, but the water stains on my headliner really bug me.
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« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2008, 03:50:10 AM »

oops I was wrong, and have been for several months, its not Tuff Stuff.

Its Turtle Wax Interior Carpet Cleaner. Green and Yellow can, with a Yellow, plastic, scrub brush on top.


Good to know!  luckily I hadn't gone to the store yet :mellow:

I think I'm going to try the Tuff Stuff this weekend, if I can get around to it.  I'm always looking for excuses to take pictures, so I will if when I do it.  Roxanne's headliner is a little dirty!  I only wish there was a magic eraser for cigarette burns  :rolleyes:  Although that's not a biggie for me, being a smoker...

I'm a smoker too, and I'd cut my hand off if I got a burn in my headliner. I've had the butt come back in the window a few times and managed to get 2 burns in the carpet, but they're barely noticable unless you know where they are and are looking. Plus, they're under a floormat so I can live with those. Headliner or seat...I'd be a little less happy bout that.
But I did notice your pack of smokes in your picture gallery. I never thought of using that compartment, and I must say, I tried it out and like it much better. I always kept mine under the radio

Yeah, fortunately the burns are from the previous owner and not me, but luckily all except for one (there's 5 or 6 burn marks) are on the visor, which can be replaced fairly cheaply, and the one on the headliner is not really black at all, more of a "scuff" in the fabric rather than an obvious burn.  So it looks like I have a something to add to my project list -_-

Yeah, that little compartment is much easier to reach than anywhere else I tried.  Now I just have to remind myself to grab them when I get out of the car at home...

I do have one on my sunroof cover. I was driving, and my friend in the back seat tried to ash out the sunroof. idiot. But I plan to eventually re-cover that anyhow so I try not to look at it.

Can't wait till you try this. Let us know how it goes. I can look past the sunroof, but the water stains on my headliner really bug me.

Heh, I noticed yesterday as I was driving home that there was a cigarette butt in between my rear glass and my spoiler, on the top.  Went to get it out throw it away, and saw that it was not my brand, but my girlfriend's.  I told her next time to throw them out to the side instead of up over the roof  :rolleyes:

I'm probably doing and interior clean on Friday.  I noticed yesterday that the water stains on mine are worse than I thought, so I'm hoping it works pretty well.  I will definitely update, probably with before/after pics if I can get the before ones to come out right.  Who's bright idea was it to put in a light-toned headliner?  They could have gone with a dark gray and still fit the color scheme...  ^_^
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« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2008, 01:52:22 PM »

Heh, I noticed yesterday as I was driving home that there was a cigarette butt in between my rear glass and my spoiler, on the top.  Went to get it out throw it away, and saw that it was not my brand, but my girlfriend's.  I told her next time to throw them out to the side instead of up over the roof  :rolleyes:

I'm probably doing and interior clean on Friday.  I noticed yesterday that the water stains on mine are worse than I thought, so I'm hoping it works pretty well.  I will definitely update, probably with before/after pics if I can get the before ones to come out right.  Who's bright idea was it to put in a light-toned headliner?  They could have gone with a dark gray and still fit the color scheme...  ^_^

Eee I hate that. Didn't burn any paint did it?

But yeah, the hadliner is waaay to light. For something that's nearly impossible to clean it should be mandatory for all vehicles to be a dark color.
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« Reply #20 on: February 15, 2008, 04:58:17 PM »

oops I was wrong, and have been for several months, its not Tuff Stuff.

Its Turtle Wax Interior Carpet Cleaner. Green and Yellow can, with a Yellow, plastic, scrub brush on top.


Went to the store yesterday and picked up this, some Eagle 1 nanowax, Rain x, new wiper blade, air freshener, etc.

And I've decided I'm way too tired today to clean Roxanne, I just got done helping my girlfriend move, so It'll be done tomorrow!

We're supposed to have some sun tomorrow (it's been snowing the last 2 days), so that should help me take some pictures for you guys!
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« Reply #21 on: February 27, 2008, 02:03:58 AM »

alright, quick update.

Got around to cleaning her out last weekend, but by the time I was finished, it was dark, and we've had snow here since then, so I haven't been able to get the "after" pics that I want.  It's supposed to be sunny today, so hopefully I'll be able to snap a few in the a.m.

I have to say though, that the Turtle Wax Interior Carpet Cleaner works wonderfully on water stains, they're totally gone from my headliner now!

Like I said, I'll try and take some after pics in the morning, and I'll post those with a full description on how I cleaned it.
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« Reply #22 on: February 27, 2008, 12:56:25 PM »

alright, so here are the before/after pics of the headliner.  Again, imo the Turtle Wax Interior Carpet Cleaner worked wonders on the headliner.  The can comes with a stiff plastic brush head, which I was wary of using since I didn't want to tear up anything around where I already have cigarette burns, so I also bought a small microfiber cleaning pad (sponge) and popped the brush part off of the can.  I sprayed the foam on there, then scrubbed it in with the microfiber pad, let it dry, and ran a flat vacuum attachment across it (which in all probablilty was unnecessary for the headliner, but that's what the can said to do  :mellow: )

these pics are kinda big, and I don't really know if you'll be able to see the difference, but to the eye, my headliner looks new again!



So, I would definitely recommend the Turtle Wax cleaner for the headliner.  It was kind of so-so on the actual carpet, although since my mats/carpet was pretty muddy from the weather we've had recently, it probably would have worked better if I had steam cleaned it first, then used the Turtle Wax cleaner on any stains.  I plan on steam cleaning the carpet once summer hits (no point when it's still snowing  ^_^ )
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« Reply #23 on: February 27, 2008, 03:04:57 PM »

Hummm, Ill have to get some of that stuff. Ive got a wierd stain on my headliner in the green tek that I want to get rid of.
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« Reply #24 on: February 27, 2008, 04:12:41 PM »

That's a noticeable difference!

I picked up a can of Turtle Wax Oxy Interior1, multipurpose carpet upholstery cleaner last weekend (before I saw your post) as the '04 has some funkiness about the headliner that's gotta go. I'll report back when I get a good day to work on it.

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« Reply #25 on: February 27, 2008, 04:48:47 PM »

I seriously need to clean my entire interior.  I read somewhere where they said to spray some cleaner on the mats then hit it with a powerwasher.  What do you think about that?
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« Reply #26 on: February 27, 2008, 05:05:24 PM »

I seriously need to clean my entire interior.  I read somewhere where they said to spray some cleaner on the mats then hit it with a powerwasher.  What do you think about that?

like the ones at the self-serve car washes?  That actually sounds like a good idea, I think they've got enough rubber backing to withstand the spray, so you shouldn't have to worry about threads coming out.  I'll have to try that, 'cause of course, they're muddy again after only a few days.  stupid snow... ^_^
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« Reply #27 on: February 27, 2008, 05:10:01 PM »

yes, those high pressure ones.  I have a 3500 psi unit I was thinking about using
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« Reply #28 on: March 02, 2008, 03:45:08 PM »

I only have carpeted mats for the front, and they're pretty dirty. I did use our carpet cleaner on them, but still, dirty. I got some of those $10 rubber mats for the front and back at Wal*Mart to keep on top and keep the carpet ones nice....best $10 ever spent. Just take a wash cloth and wipe....clean again.

As for the headliner....I really want to get my stains out, but I'm just a bit nervous about it. Any tips Draconis?
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« Reply #29 on: March 02, 2008, 07:41:41 PM »

Very nice work Draconis, a noticible difference and something I will definitly MUS DO this summer, I also have head liner stains from where I HAVE NO CLUE, but there there. 

OK, next on the list turtle wax interior carpet cleaner.

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