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What are you all using to take care of your dashes and the leatherette seats? Heard that Armor All is horrible for cars. Any and all suggestions are welcome! Thanks everyone!
Thanks for the suggestions! I will check those out. Is the Meguiars Gold Class Rich Leather Cleaner/Conditioner ok for the leatherette in the 2LT?For the dash and doors I use Meguiars Gold Class Vinyl/Rubber protectant and for the Leather Meguiars Gold Class Rich Leather Cleaner/Conditioner both of these products keep the interior looking new and have UV protectin from the suns rays,both available at your local Target
Thanks for the suggestion.Armor All is horrible, water based junk.
I use Mothers leather cleaner and conditioner.
Yup, even the leather on most cars is only part of the seating surfaces. On the LTZ the inserts are real leather, the rest leatherette.Thanks for the suggestions! I will check those out. Is the Meguiars Gold Class Rich Leather Cleaner/Conditioner ok for the leatherette in the 2LT?
Better used there than in the interior, I do something similar but with another product of course.If you're like me and have extra armor-all, Im planning on using it to put a coating on the wheelwells once they're clean. See if it does anything there to prevent alot of build-up in the long run. I hate to see it go to complete waste, but bought it before i knew what was up with this stuff, and now use 303. My malibu interior got it's one and only armor all treatment last spring . No more!
But it must be useful for something, any other ideas? Also, we all mostly have a plastic dash so from what i read we arent in the WORST position with armor all. Vinyl is what it destroys best. Leatherette though.... bad too of course.
Armor All is highy water based, that is it's downfall. Water and rubber do not mix. It can cause dry rot. My buddy owns a high end detail shop that has been open about 15 years, they use something called Magic Dressing and are anti Armor All. There is very little water in it, I use it now as well. Out of all the "dressings" out there Armor All is the worst by far, be carefull and use it sparingly.Been using ArmorAll for years. It really isn't much different than the other stuff. Most of the problem with any of it is the high shine it gives things.
I use a low gloss Armor All on the vinyl stuff inside the car. I follow GM's instructions and never do anything to the dash except clean it with water. Had somebody spray down my dash on another car with something similar to regular ArmorAll and it took me a long time to get it to the point where I could see properly out of the windshield when the sun was shining.
ArmorAll does a great job with tires if used properly. I usually take the wheels off the car and clean them with a tire cleaner like Bleche White. Once they are dry I spray them down with Armorall everywhere and let it soak in overnight. Then I install the wheels on the car and wash it using a mit on the tires. That takes the shine away and when the tires are dry they look like they just came out of the factory. I usually do this once a year.
ArmorAll in the wheel wells works also. First clean them with a scrub brush and then spray them with a heavy coat of ArmorAll. Let it soak in over night and then put the wheels back on. When you wash the car just use a towel to wipe down the parts of the wheel well you can get to. Don't get the ArmorAll on the brake rotor.
In the engine compartment ArmorAll will keep it looking like new. First spray the engine down with a 50/50 mix of Simple Green and Water. Soak everything. Then let it sit for a few minutes and use a hose set for a gentle spray to rinse everything. Then spray ArmorAll on the surfaces of the engine compartment and let it spread to cover everything (be careful around the air intake as it can get into the engine and ruin the O2 sensor in the exhaust). Then use a towel to wipe it down and take off the high shine. On cast iron exhaust manifolds it does a great job of making them look they just came from the foundry. Rusty ones have to be wire brushed free of the rust and then sprayed with ArmorAll. Once it soaks in it makes them look gray. When the manifolds are on the engine you can see the ArmorAll bubbling on them when you fire the engine up and they get hot.
I do my leather every other month.How often to you all condition/clean the leatherette?
Thank you. I've never had leather or leatherette and just want to make sure I care for it properly.I do my leather every other month.
The only Armor All product I use is the the Armor All Natural Finish Detailer Protectant. This product doesn't leave the dash greasy or have streaks in it. This cleans and protects, but without the silicone which cause the cracks in dashes and the greasy appearance. Great product.Armor All is highy water based, that is it's downfall. Water and rubber do not mix. It can cause dry rot. My buddy owns a high end detail shop that has been open about 15 years, they use something called Magic Dressing and are anti Armor All. There is very little water in it, I use it now as well. Out of all the "dressings" out there Armor All is the worst by far, be carefull and use it sparingly.