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cleaning the black surface between the doors on a 147

Hi everyone.

I want to give the black surface between the doors on my 147 a clean. I have been using Autoglym products to do the body for the last couple months and Im quite happy with them. I have had a look through their range but the same to have quite a few different bumper care type products.

Would something like bumper car be the go or the Vinyl & Rubber Care?

I also have two stains on the interior both are on the rough black surface. I think maybe the last owner has split softdrink perhaps. anyone got any thoughts on cleaning and protecting rough black surface.

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Re: cleaning the black surface between the doors on a 147

Wiped over ours,plastic pillar covers that is, with some thinner, then used Back to Black iirc? I have done the same with plastic trims. ie. wipe over with thinner and the re-coated with a satin black plastic paint, when they have been a bit tatty. Upholstery shampoo that contains 'Scotchguard' if you can still get it? Similar to a good domestic carpet shampoo? Good Luck.:
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I've just used AG Bumper care for the first time. Used it on rubber seals and the vinyl like door trim that you mention. works well and repels water so you don't get water marks
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AG Bumper Care also does dashes really well
 
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When my Lannie agent shut down finally I bought some of that Ferrari branded dash cleaner. Still got some left, did a great job on the Thema and the 147 dash, and smells heavenly! Don't know if it's still available, now what was it called????
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Re: cleaning the black surface between the doors on a 147

Just had a peek in the 'Detailing Tray' (sounds posh Zed) and the dash stuff is named XAERONS! By Ferrari. Unusual name, Innit'?:
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Re: cleaning the black surface between the doors on a 147

cheers guys,

i might try and pick up some bumper care tonight.
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Re: cleaning the black surface between the doors on a 147

The AG bumper care worked very well, very happy with the results. Im not sure I want to used it inside though because it seems to create a shine.

Has anyone used a product called 303 Aerospace Protectant on their dash. I bought a small bottle today but haven't used it. Its meant to be very good at providing UV protectant, which is mainly what I want it for.

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Re: cleaning the black surface between the doors on a 147

Aerospace 303 is an excellent product. I highly recommend it. This is what it looks like:

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yep thats the stuff i have!

Just wanted to be sure it wouldn't alter the appearance of the rough surface on my dash.

Thanks Springbok.

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Re: cleaning the black surface between the doors on a 147

Just for the record, I have never used Aerospace 303 on my dash (by rough surface I assume you are referring to the "elephant hide" matt surface which came out on the late models. Mine is a 2004 facelift model.

For my dashboard I use Meguiars Dash and Trim which is an aerosol foam and leaves a nice dark rich sheen but not too shiny finish.
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Just for the record, I have never used Aerospace 303 on my dash (by rough surface I assume you are referring to the "elephant hide" matt surface which came out on the late models. Mine is a 2004 facelift model.

For my dashboard I use Meguiars Dash and Trim which is an aerosol foam and leaves a nice dark rich sheen but not too shiny finish.
Yes that's the surface I am talking about. has anyone used 303 on it?

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Re: cleaning the black surface between the doors on a 147

Sam, I can now report that I treated all the interior surfaces (including the "knobbly" dashboard, console and doors) with Aerospace 303 and they came up a treat.

I was a little apprehensive, wondering if they would be a bit shiny.

Not at all!

Completely matt black but look new again. I am VERY impressed.
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Re: cleaning the black surface between the doors on a 147

thanks Springbok,

I also bit the bullet and gave it a go, seems to have come up ok, however, on the drivers side door, right at the base of the window there is a light patch on the black surface. I am guessing this is from where myself and others have rested their arm while driving. I cant seem to get it clean. could it be that it as actually discoloured the surface perhaps from rubbing?

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Re: cleaning the black surface between the doors on a 147

He he, I have EXACTLY the same mark!

And there I was thinking it was only me.

I gave it extra attention and it is far less noticible. Obviously a weakness of the material used as it is susceptible to "wear".

If it is actually dirty and not just worn, maybe you need to clean it first. A gentle brush with some upholstery cleaner and a nail brush to lift the dirt. Dried and then treated with Aerospace should do the trick.
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Thanks mate.

I have just tried giving it a rub with some warm soapy water and a sponge that has a slightly rough back on it. Don't think its worked though (getting dark here so can't really tell).

Was thinking of maybe trying some Fast Glass as it seemed to get rid of some marks on the black between the doors that the Bumper Care didn't.

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Re: cleaning the black surface between the doors on a 147

I would be a bit careful of Fastglass on the upholstry as it may "bleach" it. You might end up with a permanent pale mark in place of the dirt.
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thanks mate.

i may just have to live with it and look the other way!
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Re: cleaning the black surface between the doors on a 147

In my 147 there is light coloured, kind of light grey I guess under the steering wheel, matching on the left with the glovebox, the lower parts of the pillars behind the front seats, and the lower parts of the door interior, these have some scufs on, mainly from shoes I guess, have you any idea how to remove these? A quick wipe with a sponge after doing the outside is all I've tried.
One idea (which I need to try) is using a pencil eraser. Rubbing it may lift off the marks.
Hmm...
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Re: cleaning the black surface between the doors on a 147

try autoglym interior shampoo. it worked on my grubby sun visors.
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Re: cleaning the black surface between the doors on a 147

Any kind of APC (All Purpose Cleaner) weak dilution, rub with a microfibre cloth . As long as it isn't a cloth/fabric that you are referring to. After it's clean, treat it with one of the many interior products which provide protection to leather and plastic.

My personal recommendation is Aerospace 303. This can be used on interior and exterior trim.
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Re: cleaning the black surface between the doors on a 147

Hi there,

I have the same problem that was mentioned on the very beginning of the thread!
I read everything carefully! Thanks guys!

Just to make sure we are on the same page.
My particular problem is that the black colour from the plastic Alfa 147 has - vertical strips on the doors - has faded away. It's a bit yellow, like it was caused by the sun. But its more of a dripping stain like shape. Or like if the previous owner just wash it really hard.
Do you know what I mean?

How to prevent it/refurbish it?
I'm a newbie, at to me it just looks ruined. Are there really such miracle products?

And by the way, the only thing I notice in the interiors is finger nail scratchs on buttons and door handles. You know? The varnish as come off. Any ideas, or should I just leave with it?

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Re: cleaning the black surface between the doors on a 147

First you need to clean it. Maybe there is still dirt there. Don't use harsh/strong stuff. A weak solution of All Purpose Cleaner is good.

Then you need to treat it with a product which will restore the finish and protect it from the sun and wear.

Not sure what products are available in Portugal but there must be car care products available.
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Re: cleaning the black surface between the doors on a 147

MacCross,

I cant think what you mean, are you talking outside?
I guess so if you're talking about sun fade.

Is it a 5 door- I cant think where you mean on mine as its a 3 door. There is a strip but it looks like its partly glazed or something.

Maybe get some from a scrap yard or new if its yucky looking and un-cleanable?

Can you show a photo perhaps?

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Re: cleaning the black surface between the doors on a 147

Mighty,

Here's a picture!

Flickr Photo Download: Faded

I've pay attention to several 147 from 2001 and they all looked a little "scratched" (for lacking better word)

I now what you mean - "Glazed".

But if you rub it it's actually harsh, a little like the plastic from the side mirrors.
In the 156 it's clearly a paint or "tape" of some sort. but in the 147 it looks like the actual plastic!

People please correct me if I'm wrong - I don't own one, you know!
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