Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Product List Interiors work and more!

So I made the previous list in regards to doing basic rinseless washing, using a foam gun and a few other odds and ends.  You can find that post here.

Now we will move on to taking care of the interior for the short term and long term.  In this list you will find assorted brushes, cleaners, and sealants.

First off towels, now if you're interior is like most, then plastic and cloth or "leather" (yes that's in quotes since it's not real leather, at least what you clean isn't), those materials are abundant and do not scratch easily like a soft paint.  So for towels I stick with simple ProForce towels they're cheap, reliable, and get the job done, perfect for areas that get dirty.  You can find them here on Amazon.

Next, moving on to interior cleaners, I've used many from Adam's to Blackfire and a few others.  But for the time being I'm sticking with a tried and true favorite, 1z Einszett Cockpit Premium, it has a slight lemony smell to it but gets the job done and doesn't leave any residue.  You can find it here.

Interior glass, this can be a pain, anyone with a coupe with a very slanted windshield of rear windscreen can vouch for.  For this  absolutely whole heartedly stick with CarPro Fast Glass clothes.  These are phenomenal, stick them in water, wring them out and clean as you deem fit.  When you're done just throw them in the wash with your other towels and it comes out ready to go.  Don't buy just one once you find the uses for it, you can find them here.

For brushes I use a wide variety of brushes and sizes.  There are many nooks and crannies and places impossible to reach by hand that an assortment are needed.  Such examples are a carpet brush found here, there is also a small bristly dual purpose brush that is very handy found here, and lastly if I need something in between for a soft interface such as near the instrument cluster or radio I will use a medium size brush head such as this one.

Leather care and conditioning is very important for the long-term health of your car specifically for cars that remain outside in the sun for long periods of time.  I recently tried out a new one and liked it quite a bit, it is Four Star's Leather Conditioner, luckily on my first time using it I broke the cap but it still works.  You can find it here.  It leaves a very smooth surface, it leaves the leather supple while not being greasy, let it dry for 30 minutes to an hour and you are good to go.  The shine is minimal and has a satin sheen to it which you know I am a fan of.  I used both a foam applicator and terry cloth, I stick with the terry cloth as I can work it into the cloth more easily before applying thus avoiding big globs ending on one spot of the car.

Lastly, coatings, most people see coatings for the paint but they exist for you interior too!  Perfect for those with kids that manage to spill everything.  For this market CarPro Fabric and Leather Coating is great, it lasts up to year if not more.  You can find it here, I'll liberally spray the product over the seat/areas and follow it up with an applicator to evenly spread the product such as this one.  This product does have a bit of chemical smell to it while it is drying, and it is recommended to use a hair dryer or leave the vehicle in the sun to dry.  Personally I used around 20mL for the 4 interior seats on the VW Jetta (paint correction found here)  and left it in the garage with the windows down overnight and it was dry and soft to the touch the following morning.

Thanks for readying, if you have any questions or comments post below!

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