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Old 09-21-2010, 09:45 AM
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I know next to nothing about detailing a car.

When I bought my Tundra a little over a year ago it was clean and smelled good (like a manly good, like nice leather smell, not wimpy strawberry car freshener smell). Now it needs some help to get it to smell good again. First step is to give it a good vacuuming and soap on the carpet, but what can I do to restore that smell that it had a year ago? The PO knew something about detailing cars that I don't, just wondering if anybody in the club knows some of those tricks...

...and I'm not talking about air fresheners, Lysol, Febreze type smells; but I guess I'm having trouble describing the exact smell I'm looking for...it's like leather, but my leather treatment doesn't quite have the smell I'm looking for, and it doesn't last as long. Maybe the guy's cologne just smelled good and lasted a while after I bought it?

...any help?
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:14 AM
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Does it smell bad, like as if you have a 6 month old sippy cup full of milk under the seat?

Or do you just wish it had a nice smell?

Most cleaners and conditioners have a perfume/musk of some sort, so the PO probably just used something you liked. I hear the Zaino stuff smells good, although I've never used it. There used to be a store in Denver called Detailers Paradise (near Broadway and Evans), but I think they closed their doors and only do internet sales now. Unfortunately, you might just have to trying smelling the stuff at Checker, or see what the internets recommend.

I spilled 90 weight in the back of mine, and I can't kill that smell....
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Try "Tuff Stuff" carpet/upholstery cleaner. It's used by detail shops and dealership prep bays.....I think thats the residual smell you're looking for!
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You guys are a lot of help...






But some of those are funny

Right now it doesn't smell bad, but it's not real nice either. It's just the smell of usage over time, and yes maybe a little BO from after going on a bike ride, a little spilled Qdoba or Chipotle burrito, maybe a stale tortilla chip or two, general dirt and dust...you know when you have your windows closed all day and the sun starts heating things up...

...I guess I was just thinking I'd have to spend some time down at Checker or Autozone or something smelling some different interior cleaners to see if I come across something I like. In my old red pickup my buddy spilled French Vanilla coffee down the HVAC vent one day, and that smelled good for a while...

...But I'm thinking the cologne in the carpet might do the trick...hmmm

Oh and thanks UB, I was posting just as you were. I'll look into it.
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from the resident hippie:

try essential oils if you are looking for a non-industrial smell. neroli oil or the like will do well, will stay in the carpet fiber forever and is very inexpensive.

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