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How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: danyarger ()
Date: June 13, 2011 11:25PM

I learned this tip when I restored VW Buses/Campers. This is how the pros do it. Amatuers use Armor All so please no comments about it. This is intended for when the seats are OUT of the car during restoration.

Step 1) Go to the 99 cent store or Walmart and pickup a tub of GOOP hand cleaner.

Step 2) Rub the entire vinyl surface with this stuff straight with no water just yet. Spread it out all evenly, working it into the grain and cracks, dont be shy with it as a tub only will properly do about 2 seats. Use a combination of your fingers/fingernails and a nylon bristle nail cleaning or dishwashing brush.

Step 3) Now just sprinkle a very tiny bit of water, just enough to get the dirt in suspension, rub some more, watching the dirt lift all. Less water is cleaning more trust me. This is the slimy step

Step 4) Once you've covered everywhere in step 3, rinse off with a garden hose, recheck in bright light and look for places you may have missed. If all is well, dry it off with a towel or let it sit in the sun or both.

Step 5) If there is a spot or 2 that wont come off with GOOP, the next step is gasoline and a rag. If that doesn't work, your last resort is laquer thinner. If the Vinyl is dyed or has a pattern printed on it, avoid laquer thinner as it can take dyes and printed patterns out very quickly. Only use this as a last resort. The GOOP should take out 95% of of all the stains. Use the Gas or laquer thinner always last. The GOOP will soften the Vinyl like it was almost new. You'll be amazed how well this process works.



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Re: How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: June 14, 2011 03:32AM


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Re: How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: Radio Joe ()
Date: June 14, 2011 07:38AM

I used to use Soft Scrub cleanser and a tooth brush. its a tad abrasive, but not enought to hurt anything.

The goop Idea sounds good!

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Re: How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: June 14, 2011 10:02AM

Useful info! Thanks for the post.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
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Re: How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: danyarger ()
Date: June 14, 2011 08:09PM

For white convertible tops use either Easy off Oven cleaner or Bleche White white wall cleaner. Easy off will get it brighter. Use either with a bristle brush. These cleaners are known as "Caustic Alkalis" Use a paper mask and dishwashing gloves when using as the vapors will take your breath away and burn your skin. They also use these to clean locomotives and white bicycle tires. Once the dirt is loosened, rinse off with a garden hose.

For overspray use any brand kind of rubbing compound and a rag. Don't use gasoline for overspray.

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Re: How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: upnorth1 ()
Date: June 14, 2011 08:22PM

Dan: all good stuff, thanks for posting.

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Re: How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: danyarger ()
Date: June 14, 2011 08:24PM

Your welcome. I like your motto btw

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Re: How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: SSpeed66 ()
Date: June 15, 2011 03:09PM

Great thread Dan !thumbs up
Bleche White is great stuff, I used it to clean a set of G body buckets just last weekend, just before this thread...eye rolling smiley

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Re: How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: June 15, 2011 04:34PM

danyarger Wrote:
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> For white convertible tops use either Easy off
> Oven cleaner or Bleche White white wall cleaner.

I used Bleach White on my 15+ year-old seriously dingy white top but also used the Mr Clean Magic Eraser sponges. Everyone here thought I bought a new top.

I get the cleaning sponge material by dumpster diving at work so I use it a lot for auto projects.

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Re: How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: 66 air vair ()
Date: June 19, 2011 04:35PM

you can also use m.e.k. methel ethel keytone works great to clean them up

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Re: How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: Goop Of Oil ()
Date: June 20, 2011 01:14AM

Radio Joe Wrote:
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> I used to use Soft Scrub cleanser and a tooth
> brush. its a tad abrasive, but not enought to hurt
> anything.
>
> The goop Idea sounds good!

Sounds Good to me Too!!smiling smiley

Mark Holmlund

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Re: How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: Junkle ()
Date: June 20, 2011 04:01AM

"Use a paper mask"

Paper masks are for dust/particulates, not vapors.

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Re: How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: swi66 ()
Date: June 20, 2011 07:16AM

For softening old material, Avon "Skin so Soft".

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Re: How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: AJ ()
Date: June 20, 2011 10:32AM

great post.

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Re: How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: stitch ()
Date: June 20, 2011 10:40AM

Are there any suggestions out there for making stiff seat belts a little more supple without compromising their integrity and strength?

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Schertz, Texas.
(Smallish town/burg 17 mi. NE of San Antonio)

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Re: How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: Ronnie ()
Date: June 21, 2011 02:38AM

stitch Wrote:
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> Are there any suggestions out there for making
> stiff seat belts a little more supple without
> compromising their integrity and strength?


I have used "fabric softener" ("fabric conditioner") on seat belts. Maybe it isn't the right word for it in english, but I mean the thing you use in a washing machine when rinsing the laundry.

I took the seat belts out of the car, washed and scrubbed them in a bucket of water, and rinsed them afterwards, using "fabric softener" in the water.

Ronnie Stensson
Sweden



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Re: How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: Reddy ()
Date: January 21, 2016 04:33AM

I'm gonna give this goop a try. Another thing you guys may want to try is coconut oil. I've had great results with it and it's cheap plus it leaves the car smelling of coconuts. I also use a muslin cloth for wiping as it's not too abrasive.

There is an explanation here about PhenQ.

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Re: How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: January 21, 2016 05:27AM

I have been using GO-JO hand cleaner (straight) on my vinyl seats, boots for many many years. It works great. I really does the job on vinyl wrapped or leather steering wheel covers which really get cruddy. Rub it in by hand, then wipe it off with a wet towel, then a dryer towel. White works best as you can see when they stop removing dirt when they stay white. Throw the towels in the washing machine when finished and they are good for another day.

J.O.

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79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
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Re: How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: January 22, 2016 05:06AM

A little off topic but what's the difference between Go-Jo and Goop?
I like regular Go-Jo as hand cleaner. I tried Goop once and didn't think it worked as well. It could have been my imagination but I will go out of my way to get Go-Jo.
Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
CorvairRepair.com

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Re: How to clean/soften 50 year old Vinyl seats
Posted by: bbakerga ()
Date: January 22, 2016 05:14AM

Any suggestions for leather? To clean, but also soften?

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