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Old 05-11-2012, 02:03 AM   #1
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cleaning "ruberized" door handles?

my door handles, especially my drivers side, is very crappy feeling. it feels as though it's turned to rubber over time. if you scrub it it just seems to make it worse. this piece is definitely not leather.
is there a secret to cleaning this? or am i just stuck buying a new piece which is nearly impossible.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:10 AM   #2
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What door handles are you talking about? The arm rest? Can you provide pics?
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:30 AM   #3
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What are you using to "scrub"? Brillo pads??
If you're talking about your inner door handle(s) looking dirty from fingerprints and hand oil/sweat... Don't use harsh chemical cleaners.

I would suggest using 3 drops of dish soap in a cup of warm water then get an old toothbrush < clean/sanitize it first!) to gently brush the stains off. You don't need to use force. Let the mild soap solution breakup the oils/stains. No need to let it soak in neither.

Works incredibly well.
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^ Upholstry brushes work well too, you don't want to use anything abrasive on the interior of your car. You shouldn't use anything abrasive on the outside of your car either unless you know what you're doing.
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:27 PM   #5
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Did you take your armrests off to do this? Mine are extremely dirty from the previous owner (dont think he ever detailed the car) or were you able to get them clean with them on the car still?
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1Z Einszett Deep Plastic cleaner will work if it's your arm rest. Is it the armrest or the door opener that is chrome? If you scrubbed it with abrasives or household cleaner you may have ruined it.
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1Z Einszett Deep Plastic cleaner will work if it's your arm rest. Is it the armrest or the door opener that is chrome? If you scrubbed it with abrasives or household cleaner you may have ruined it.
It's the arm rest. It seems as though the material is wearing away and has left this rubberized coating. My center arm rest gets this way in humid weather.
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Old 07-01-2012, 01:25 PM   #8
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Same problem listen just use windex and a cloth... It might seem like Ur rubbing of rubber at first but eventually it will turned like that until u come to smooth surface it will stay ... Florida weather destroys all interior on these cars ...

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Old 07-01-2012, 01:34 PM   #9
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Same problem listen just use windex and a cloth... It might seem like Ur rubbing of rubber at first but eventually it will turned like that until u come to smooth surface it will stay ... Florida weather destroys all interior on these cars ...

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So are you rubbing off the original textured surface to get to a smooth surface?
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Yeah eventually Ur going to have to is not going to stop until it does original texture will wear off

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I've removed most of that rubbery coating from the interior of my car. Once it gets scratched, there is nothing else that you can really do about it, other than remove it.
I found that wetting the areas with some paint prep spray along with some gentle scrubbing with a scotch brite pad will remove it, and leave nice clean plastic behind. A little bit of protectant will give the plastic some gloss, if you're in to that look.
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Same problem listen just use windex and a cloth... It might seem like Ur rubbing of rubber at first but eventually it will turned like that until u come to smooth surface it will stay ... Florida weather destroys all interior on these cars ...

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So are you rubbing off the original textured surface to get to a smooth surface?
That's an awful idea. No Windex. Take a picture of the armrest OP.
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What else would you have him (us) do? Once that rubberized coating is scratched it looks like hell and it cannot be repaired. Your only option is to remove it and either try to repaint it or just leave it alone.
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I got these same results.
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Yep warm water does the trick. Afterwards if it's black interior you can use dip it to recoat it. Either way it will look better than peeling look.
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Yep warm water does the trick. Afterwards if it's black interior you can use dip it to recoat it. Either way it will look better than peeling look.
Are you guys talking about the center console? I'm talking about the "leather" arm rest on the door
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Are you guys talking about the center console? I'm talking about the "leather" arm rest on the door
You two have different armrest material. I know because I have both a coupe and the sedan. The coupe has the same "skin" on the non leather sections of the armrest as the center console. Windex is still way too harsh.

Peyton, your armrest isn't leather, it's vinyl. Take a picture so I can see what shape the coating is in. Otherwise the last person who can actually help you in this thread, won't.
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It's kinda hard to see, but the lighter part is rubbery feeling part
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It does look like the coat is peeling or damaged in some way based on the discoloration. I would clean it very gently. Without re-wrapping it in new vinyl I think it will never become as new, but there are a couple things you could try.

Something like Zymol Vinyl Treat is a conditioner that should soak into the armrest and might help with the sticky feeling, or you could try using 303 Aerospace Protectant applied frequently, it may relieve some of the sticky feeling.
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