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Old 02-04-2013, 03:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have limo tint on my SF and was wondering what I should use or if there were any considerations to take when cleaning it...and since I'm on topic of cleaning..what products Would you recommend to clean the interior..This is my first Vehicle with "soft rubber" interior and a nav screen..and heated steering wheel..and leather..did I mention I LOVE my SF!!!

anyways,any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
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As a former owner of a mobile detailing business, I can first say to stay away from any products like armor-all, and others similar as they not only leave a build-up that is greasy, but some may also get on the windows(BAD). Personally, after washing and drying the exterior, then go over the car with quick-detailing spray with a microfiber cloth. Meguires, or Mothers are good When I finish, the detail cloth that I just used will be used to wipe down the dash, head-unit, and door panels. As far as leather goes, use a leather cleaner followed by a leather conditioner, but condition less often than you clean. As for the tinted windows, just stay away from windex, and other ammonia based window cleaners. Invisible glass is good, or you can make your own cleaner with filtered water and vinegar. Sorry, the ratio eludes me at the moment.
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Hi All!!

I have limo tint on my SF and was wondering what I should use or if there were any considerations to take when cleaning it...and since I'm on topic of cleaning..what products Would you recommend to clean the interior..This is my first Vehicle with "soft rubber" interior and a nav screen..and heated steering wheel..and leather..did I mention I LOVE my SF!!!

anyways,any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
There is a Thread called: 'Cleaning the Dash? Suggestions please' on page #7 on this forum. Lot of good info...

As far as the tint, I would get advise from your tint shop...
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I have had tint on my vehicles for over 20 yrs, and each car had immaculate tint when I sold it.

Unless you smoke (which creates a nasty film on your windows), what works best is water...yes, just water. Take two (preferably lint free or close to) CLEAN cloths. Wet one so it is good and wet, but not dripping. Use it to wipe the tint gently full length up and down or side to side (stress gently because if there is any grit on that tint, you will create scratches), then use the clean dry cloth to wipe it clean and dry at the same time. The tint will be spotless and have a nice shiny reflection. I have tried "tint cleaner" and nothing works better than the method described above. Never, never use any glass cleaners...they could damage your tint over time. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
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I have had tint on my vehicles for over 20 yrs, and each car had immaculate tint when I sold it.

Unless you smoke (which creates a nasty film on your windows), what works best is water...yes, just water. Take two (preferably lint free or close to) CLEAN cloths. Wet one so it is good and wet, but not dripping. Use it to wipe the tint gently full length up and down or side to side (stress gently because if there is any grit on that tint, you will create scratches), then use the clean dry cloth to wipe it clean and dry at the same time. The tint will be spotless and have a nice shiny reflection. I have tried "tint cleaner" and nothing works better than the method described above. Never, never use any glass cleaners...they could damage your tint over time. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
My car is smoke free..so that's not a problem..I do have a 4 and 5 yr old that touch the windows..will water get fingerprints out ? thank you for the advice!
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There is a Thread called: 'Cleaning the Dash? Suggestions please' on page #7 on this forum. Lot of good info...

As far as the tint, I would get advise from your tint shop...
thanx..I'll check it out!!
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As a former owner of a mobile detailing business, I can first say to stay away from any products like armor-all, and others similar as they not only leave a build-up that is greasy, but some may also get on the windows(BAD). Personally, after washing and drying the exterior, then go over the car with quick-detailing spray with a microfiber cloth. Meguires, or Mothers are good When I finish, the detail cloth that I just used will be used to wipe down the dash, head-unit, and door panels. As far as leather goes, use a leather cleaner followed by a leather conditioner, but condition less often than you clean. As for the tinted windows, just stay away from windex, and other ammonia based window cleaners. Invisible glass is good, or you can make your own cleaner with filtered water and vinegar. Sorry, the ratio eludes me at the moment.
thank you for the advice..just so I understand..I would use a microfiber cloth for the entire interior? inner doors and steering wheel etc?
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Here is a link to the thread....

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My car is smoke free..so that's not a problem..I do have a 4 and 5 yr old that touch the windows..will water get fingerprints out ? thank you for the advice!
Absolutely. Just rub a few extra times with the wet cloth where you have prints. I have cleaned them many a time.
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thank you for the advice..just so I understand..I would use a microfiber cloth for the entire interior? inner doors and steering wheel etc?
Yes, so when you wipe on any Nav screens, readio, or anything shiny, it will not leave streaks so long as the cloth is only damp, not wet. If you clean outer door edges, sills, etc, do them last as those areas will make the cloth to dirty to return to the interior.
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