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Vinyl cleaning and rejuvenate

Post by 1966heckflosse » Fri 29 Jul, 2011 10:06 pm

Hi All
Just wondering if any one has some ideas on what product to use on
cleaning vinyl seats on my w111 220 merc ....i looked on ebay and most
products are in USA ........ i went to a few auto shops but no luck nothing for vinyl
only leather .....im after a good cleaner and something to bring out the colour and luster
and rejuvenate them ........i found nothing so far


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Re: Vinyl cleaning and rejuvenate

Post by Greg in Oz » Sat 30 Jul, 2011 12:44 am

Where MB-Tex (vinyl) is involved, it is pretty hard to do better than good old-fashioned Sunlight soap and water. With a damp cloth, apply the soap and simply rub. An old toothbrush or nail brush is handy for the nooks and crannies. Then simply remove all traces of soap and dirt with another clean damp cloth. The beauty of MB-Tex is the toughness and durability of the stuff and the ease with which it can be cleaned.
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Re: Vinyl cleaning and rejuvenate

Post by AMG » Sat 30 Jul, 2011 10:52 am

I've had success with using commercial carpet cleaning solution, which is like a concentrated soap. although, I use it with a carpet shampoo/ vacuum.

the solution is made by pullman, available from Godfreys (usually the big stores which carry the commercial stuff, not the stores in shopping centres)

it's the same process, spray on, agitate with brush and clean water rinse/vacuum. Easy enough to do with a carpet cleaning machine, just more labour intensive when done by hand.

results are good, it brings the colour back to as-new. You'll be surprised how much disgusting brown detritus comes out of even a 'clean' interior.

Also safe to use on dash / console etc. spray on, agitate and wipe surface thoroughly, then clean water rinse (important) and dry with a clean lint free towel.

After dash is clean & dry, you can use WPJ and a brush to maintain the surface. OzBenzHead wrote a thread on the use of WPJ for dashboards etc, and it's worth reading.

whatever products you prefer, one product to avoid is armour-all on the dash. Use absolutely nothing at all in preference to this, as the use of AA will prematurely age your dash and lead to cracking, as the esters in the vinyl are released in an accelerated manner when exposed to this product.
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Re: Vinyl cleaning and rejuvenate

Post by markb » Sat 30 Jul, 2011 7:45 pm

Macguires Vinyl Cleaner and Conditioner is always a hit for a clean-look without the greasiness of Amourall
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Post by Aegean » Mon 01 Aug, 2011 7:59 pm

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Re: Vinyl cleaning and rejuvenate

Post by thirstymerc » Tue 02 Aug, 2011 11:01 am

I've always used good old vasoline on my mbtex/leather and dashboard.

Works a treat and cheap!
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Re: Vinyl cleaning and rejuvenate

Post by 1966heckflosse » Tue 02 Aug, 2011 10:16 pm

Thank you to everyone who posted a reply on here
with information ......it was great and very helpful
i tried WPJ ...... it worked wonders on my dash ....
i have always used armour all on all my cars ....but not anymore
my dash pad looks like it just came out of the factory in 1966 hahaha


thanks all for expert advise



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Re: Vinyl cleaning and rejuvenate

Post by KimB » Wed 03 Aug, 2011 11:03 am

thirstymerc wrote:I've always used good old vasoline on my mbtex/leather and dashboard.

Works a treat and cheap!
I hate to open up a possible can of worms here...however.......I have heard that using vaseline on the dash is not a good idea. Is this an old fish wife's tale (sorry any OZBENZ fish wives!) or is there any truth in it?
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Re: Vinyl cleaning and rejuvenate

Post by thirstymerc » Wed 03 Aug, 2011 11:22 am

I was always under the impression that the petroleum in Vaseline keeps the dash supple; otherwise, the UV rays dry it out?

My grandfather used it for 40 years in his Merc on the dash and seats with no damage whatsoever and it worked a treat and it looked brand new after that many years, so I would say its fine to use.

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Re: Vinyl cleaning and rejuvenate

Post by 1966heckflosse » Wed 03 Aug, 2011 7:43 pm

Well.........i dont care what the wives with tales say hahahaha :happy3: about using vasoline on dash boards or mbtex seats
i just used it and it looks great ............................................ :wave:

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Post by stig0000 » Wed 03 Aug, 2011 10:08 pm

i would never of picked it to use vass, what do you do rub it in with your hand and just wipe off,, and what dose armer-all do to kill the dashs
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Re: Vinyl cleaning and rejuvenate

Post by stumpjumper » Tue 09 Aug, 2011 4:43 am

Vaseline is great for the final 'coat' but for a really good initial clean for the vinyl and plastic in my W123 I use Domestos. It's an alkaline (caustic soda) based cleaning product you can buy in a supermarket. It's caustic enough to leave bare skin slippery, so I give everything a light wash with a weak vinegar solution between the Domestos and the vaseline. It's a bit of a procedure, but it gets everything stunningly clean and I only do the full treatment twice a year.
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Re: Vinyl cleaning and rejuvenate

Post by 1966heckflosse » Tue 09 Aug, 2011 11:12 pm

Hmmmmmmmmm .......intresting stupjumper
i thought domestos might be a bit to harsh for the vinyl ...........but from what your saying
its fine ........might try it

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Re: Vinyl cleaning and rejuvenate

Post by stumpjumper » Sat 29 Sep, 2012 2:57 am

Just reread my post above - don't use the Domestos full strength. It will dissolve your Mercedes (ha ha not really...). A few good squirts in a bucket will do.
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Post by pastelgrey300D » Tue 02 Oct, 2012 11:18 am

Thanks for the update - perfect timing as I am just about to do this on the red Finnie!
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Post by vivant511 » Fri 30 May, 2014 1:52 pm

Sorry if reviving old threads is not a usual practice here.

I've been experimenting using magic sponges with MB-Tex and vinyls with a leather and fabric cleaner and have had terrific results. Just use lightly and avoid surfaces that are highly textured like newer model dashes as it can potentially gloss up the surface. It does work wonder for cleaning leather.
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Post by Hendrik » Sat 31 May, 2014 11:02 am

I have found that if the dash is too shiny it will reflect in the window, which I find annoying, so I generally leave it alone but every now and then wipe it down to get the dust off.

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Post by vivant511 » Sun 01 Jun, 2014 1:59 am

Agree with you Hendrik. Glossy dashes can be a huge driving risk from Glare.

As stated by others, Armor All is THE worst product for dashes. A damp microfibre is all that's needed in most cases
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Post by tips » Sun 01 Jun, 2014 9:58 am

At time when I need a little more to clean the vinyl bits I have used the 303 aerospace products http://www.303products.com over the past few years.
I find it is not shiny nor leaving a residue that the dust etc sticks too like other products.
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Post by Hendrik » Sun 01 Jun, 2014 1:09 pm

tips wrote:At time when I need a little more to clean the vinyl bits I have used the 303 aerospace products http://www.303products.com over the past few years.
I find it is not shiny nor leaving a residue that the dust etc sticks too like other products.
Yeah apparently the 303 stuff is pretty good according to the yanks, however finding it here is a bit hard.

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Post by tips » Sun 01 Jun, 2014 3:54 pm

Hendrik it's pretty much on line only as I have never seen it in the traditional auto retail outlets. I get mine from carcareproducts.com.au or waxit.com.au. Care care works for me in Sydney as I can place my order online and pick up from their warehouse in five dock.
I swear by it on vinyl and black plastic items inside and out. Apparently good for boats etc.
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Post by pastelgrey300D » Mon 02 Jun, 2014 10:11 am

303 aerospace protectant is also very good for rubber and rubber door seals etc. I think you can get it at clark rubber or fitch the rubber man (hindmarsh) locally, but there are plenty of sellers online and on ebay.
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Post by vivant511 » Mon 02 Jun, 2014 12:10 pm

I've now seen 303 sold in some Autobarns in Victoria. This stuff is great on interiors, and even better for engine bays.

Their soft top cleaner and protectant is also a great product.
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Post by AMG » Mon 02 Jun, 2014 12:18 pm

My bikes lived on a diet of Plexus and 303 for the last 20 years. It's good stuff, especially on plastics / rubber.

But I still swear by WPJ on the dash. it's much lower maintenance than 303. (use way less over a 12 month period)
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1987 560SL 4sp. auto Signalrot "Stella"
1987 190E 2.3-16 5sp. man. Blauschwarz "Hermann"
1992 300CE-24 6sp. man. Perlblau / Iceblau "Gretel"
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2012 Renault Sport Megane RS265 Trophy 8:08 6 sp. man. Liquid Yellow "Jean Rédélé"
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Post by oliveoyl » Fri 06 Jun, 2014 8:49 pm

Subscribed. I've tried a few things, domestos sounds worthwhile actually!
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Post by MR300TD » Mon 09 Jun, 2014 10:05 pm

On MBtex you can use leatherique prestine clean.

Spray it on liberally, work it in with hands and or leather brush,being sure to get in all seems etc Let sit for 15-30 minutes, then come back with bucket of warm water, get one microfiber towel dip it in the bucket and wring it out, use that towel to wipe off the product, then use a second dry microfiber towel to lightly buff dry. If the MB Tex is really bad, repeat the process.


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Post by MR300TD » Mon 09 Jun, 2014 10:07 pm

Hendrik wrote:
tips wrote:At time when I need a little more to clean the vinyl bits I have used the 303 aerospace products http://www.303products.com over the past few years.
I find it is not shiny nor leaving a residue that the dust etc sticks too like other products.
Yeah apparently the 303 stuff is pretty good according to the yanks, however finding it here is a bit hard.
http://waxit.com.au/b/2329738/1/303.html
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