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Thursday, May 3,2012

Car Cosmetics

Caring for the Interior

By Teresa Aquila  

In a State where dust and heat are a sure bet, the deck is stacked against your car. But the war against auto upholstery deterioration is well worth waging. For one you’ll get more enjoyment out of your car for a longer period of time. And, if your interior is in mint condition, it improves your odds of getting the top blue book price when it’s time to trade or sell.

The first step in the battle plan is to know your adversaries. You’re already well acquainted with Enemy #1 - - the sun. You know what it does to your skin. Think about your poor car and what it goes through day in and day out. You don’t think twice about moisturizing your skin to prevent wrinkles. Vinyl and leather need moisturizing too. Now don’t reach for the Oil of Olay. There are a number of products that can do wonders to your car. Many Professional car upholsterers us ePB-2 for vinyl, leather, wood and plastic. It can be purchased either at a local shop or online. I prefer the products that do not leave a greasy residue and which evaporate more quickly similar to Armor All.

Aside from protectants, there’s another simple way to keep the sun from attaching the interior. Get a sun shade. They’re only a few bucks, and they keep 80 percent of the sun’s rays out. Also, if you can afford it, tint your windows. Depending on how much you are able to spend, tinting can block up to 35 percent of the sun’s rays and keep your car cooler and more comfortable. Dashboard covers are another option. We have talked about Enemy #1, but Enemy #2 - - plain old dirt- -really goes in for the kill. Again, think about your skin, and how dirt and grime clog the pores and really mess -up a good complexion. Well dirt is even harder on vinyl, leather and fabric. But unlike your skin, it can’t repair itself.

Never underestimate the power of even a small particle of dirt, especially when it works its way into the seams of your upholstery. Grit literally cuts away at the threads like tiny scissors, and the same holds true for your carpets. Vacuuming the upholstery and carpet once a week will help tremendously. And while you’re at it, don’t forget those nooks and crannies. Use a nylon brush or even a toothbrush to get at them. If this all appears to be too much, your other option is to have it professionally done.


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