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Old 06-27-2005, 12:33 AM   #1
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makin 'er sweet before the PA meet

yay i made a rhyme in my topic! beat that...

EDIT: i just realized that i basically wrote a book here, but PLEASE PLEASE read it and offer some advice!

alright theres a few things i want to do before letting other saab people see my car in the PA meet that is oh so rapidly approaching...

first of all, my carpets are stained like crap. soda spills etc... (im 17, friends ride in my car, shit happens).. what is the best method of removing them (or atleast makin them smaller)... also, my floor mats are dirty and stained too, how can i clean those... PICS BELOW

second, there is a pretty good sized dent in my driver side rear quarter panel... could i go through the trunk and try to knock it out? do any of those "pops-a-dent" things on infomericals work? any techniques?...PICS BELOW

third, i want to take the reflector out of my turn signal assembly... but i cant talk my dad into lettin me do it.. i think he thinks it might violate VA law and we would for some reason need to buy a new turn signal assembly...

fourth, i want to clean my shift boot. i tried to take it off earlier, but there is like a wire thing holding it onto my shifter stick, and im afraid if i unnbend it and take it off i wont be able to get it on...

fifth, i want to fix my rear dome light, for some reason it doesnt light up.. how do i pop off that assembly without screwing up the roof?

sixth, i want to try to get rid of some of the scratches on my car... alot of them ARE NOT through the clear coat, i just dont really know how to get rid of them... i tried waxing them but maybe i did it wrong or something, it didnt help... PICS BELOW

seventh, i want to clean up the engine bay, and make it look not so dirty and grimey. i can clean off the engine cover and stuff, but i just cant really get any of the hoses clean that arent on top and all those hoses around my throttle body are just plain covered in filth. best way of removing that junk?.. PICS BELOW


Well, thanks for reading my book lol. Any help on ANY of these things is SOOO greatly appreciated, i wouldnt be asking if i hadnt already tried things. check out the pics below to get a feel for what im talking about. Thanks in advance.

DISCLAIMER: On the below pics, please dont mind the watermarks on my car, it needs a washing. also, dont mind my h0t body reflection (lol) in the one picture. the dent is hard to see in the one photo, but is alot more visible to the naked eye.
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Old 06-27-2005, 04:25 AM   #2
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You don't have to say that youíre 17 in every post. I know, because I'm 34.
For the carpets, resolve. Armor all makes a good smelling carpet cleaner that's ok too. For the mats, lots of soap and water and rinsing. If it's really tuff. Brake cleaner is pretty much the same stuff dry cleaners use. Just put it on a rag and blot.
The dings. There is a ding king. Deloreon has one. It didn't seem to do much on my 85 but that hood was pretty F'd up. If I were to use one again I'd use wax remover there first. Don't try to "knock" it out. Metal stretches and you'll have a bump. Try a hammer and dolly with a cloth over the dolly on the paint side.
The scratches. For that get touch up paint. Thin it out a little and get a match book. when you rip out a match the non fire end makes a good little paint dabber. Just dab the paint into the scratches. This is after you remove any wax of course. For those of us with no clear coat. Dab it on, let it dry all the way, then wet sand it and polish it. You won't see any trace of it. I need to do this to 80% of my car still.
The engine. I'd get a BIG can of WD-40 and some paint brushes to loosen up all the grease. Hose it down and let it soak in. After an hour or so you can wash it all off. I'm sure you know what can and can't get wet.
This will take you a while. You might even be 18 by the time youíre done.
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Old 06-27-2005, 05:05 PM   #3
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for the carpets... what i was going to do was rent a steam cleaner from safeway and do it that way.... yeah engine cleaner on the engine let it sit the spray it off... i know RCM will be here with some tips... his cars pretty clean

sorry to jack this but my headliner is filthy... i think my roof is leaking somewhere... what should i do?
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Yeah my car is spotless man. Interior and exterior. Just had her all cleaned up for the car show saturday. But yeah...about the carpets, i never had any set-in stains, i usually scrubbed right away if I ever spilled anything so I am not too sure about that one...But about the engine, usually I spray degreaser on the main valve cover to get it really black (see photo), but the hoses will never get clean unless you replace them. There is some stuff that will make the hoses look really black and new, but it only stays that way until it dries. Something available at any advance auto parts, auto zone store. But the engine takes awhile to get clean, I often find myself removing things just to get to some areas to clean. Be careful with anything on the hoses cause it can eat right threw them...I replaced some of mine with silicone, works the best...But try a degreaser on the other parts...This photo is from my last show...



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Dan, spills like that are why I love my rubber floor mats... just pull 'em out, spray 'em down, maybe a quick scrub, spray 'em with tire shine, and they're good to go for another few weeks... anyway when I was a nanny I kept a can of Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner within reach at all times... kids spill shit, it's gross, yada yada yada. Anyway it's bleach-free, smells horrible but gets the job done. It works best if you apply it as soon as you blot the stain off (instead of letting it sit) but it'll remove almost anything from clothes, and carpet. Saved my ass quite a few times. Get a good stiff carpet brush that won't fall apart, and have at it.

iwantaviggen, you can try the same deal on your headliner... spray, dab, blot with a terry cloth. no rubbing. Try it on a small area, like under the sun visor, first, just to make sure it won't completely ruin the liner.

As for the engine... pah. Ask around, my engine is filthy. Mostly cos I'm too afraid to break something while trying to clean it. I would have someone a little more experienced in that area show you how first, and then you do it yourself the next time. There's just too much shit you can break. Mine's never been cleaned, I kind of wish it were a little neater, but I think an inch-thick layer of sludge gives the car a bit more character
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I saw this picture, and I couldnít stop laughing.
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anyway back to the subject,
Turtlewax makes a good carpet cleaner I used it and was very happy with the results. It come with a plastic hand scruber thingy it works ok just go at it.
My rugs came out very nice.
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Don't say you didn't think the same thing. (I actually thought of eBay tea kettle man... at least Dan had the decency to wear boxers)
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dan you are too much, i didnt even realize that until it was pointed out, this should be put on display somewhere. i cant stop laughing.
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lol i pointed it out in my first post which u obviously didnt read, bastards. look at the bottom part.. and i saw my reflection after i took the pic and didnt feel like going back out to the garage and retaking it because it was 4am. camera was $250 btw. lol
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Dan, I bought some rubber mats for mine, they are black, and the two tone on that colour carpet looks pretty nice. Personal preference though. But agree with prior - when they get dirty, just pull them out, spray them off, maybe scrub 'em lightly with a sponge. They look new every single time you put them back in.
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1.) For the cleaning of the carpets do the above and also check out autopia.org. This is the largest online forum for car detailing enthusiasts. It should help you out with anything you need.

2.) You can try one of the pop a ding's, not too much to loose here. Just read the directions until you understand what you are trying to do. I mean like get the whole process. This will help you to make sure you don't mess it up and make one dent into three of four smaller ones.

3.) Just take the reflector out. Say it fell out or something.

4.) Just clean it the best you can while its on the car. They never stay clean for long anyways. Do you have a leather one? or the crinkle cut-rubber kind?

5.) Just check the bulbs. I beleive the plastic light covers just pop out.

6.) If you have sratches that are not through the paint, just in the clear, than they are fixable. Again, check the autopis forums. The best way is to use a product made by Poorboys caller super swirl removed (SSR). They are made in grades: 3, 2.5, 2, and 1. Three is for the most severe swirls and scratches. The optimum application is with a porter-cable random orbital with buffer attatchments. If you don't have one they are only $100 and are very well worth it. You would start with a cutting pad with 3 or 2.5 to get the swirls out. This leaves a light haze. You then use the 1 on a finishing pad to polish the paint to like new. Then apply your favorite wax. It takes some practice and patience but its very satisfying.

7.) Use special engine only degreaser in certain spots and lots of detial work with brushes and rags. Again, consult autopia.

And the SSR will take car of your water spots as well Dan.
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