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FINS!
Posted 2017-09-25 1:40 PM (#549128)
Subject: Removing Nicotine Stains


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My 1959 Imperial has a very nice but very dirty original interior. The cloth portions are in great condition but quite stained and yellowed because a previous owner was a heavy smoker. Anyone have any suggestions for cleaning?
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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-09-29 10:28 PM (#549438 - in reply to #549128)
Subject: Re: Removing Nicotine Stains


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I wish I could help you. That stuff is nasty. I'd probably try a steam cleaner.
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FINS!
Posted 2017-12-14 1:57 PM (#554331 - in reply to #549128)
Subject: RE: Removing Nicotine Stains


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I tried a steam cleaner, it's better but not like it should be. I haven't messed with this car for a few months. If anyone has any suggestions let me know
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miquelonbrad
Posted 2017-12-14 2:28 PM (#554338 - in reply to #549128)
Subject: RE: Removing Nicotine Stains



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Can you still get Chlorothene? I know that it was used as a car upholstery cleaner in the 50's...

Edited by miquelonbrad 2017-12-14 2:36 PM
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wizard
Posted 2017-12-14 4:01 PM (#554344 - in reply to #549128)
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Nicotine is a real drag toget rid of in every sense and ways

It took years of window cleaning until I got rid of the yellow drape on my windshield - I can still see that it's creeping up from the window weatherstrip.........

Here's an exerption from another site;

While it is a known fact that cigarettes and cigarette smoke are bad for your health, they are also bad for the interior of your car. The nicotine that results from the smoke leaves a greasy yellowish-brown stain on your upholstery and has a distinctive odor that can be hard to remove. However, you can use supplies from your local hardware store and your home to restore your car's upholstery and interior.

Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar. Spray your car's interior including the glass, plastic and vinyl surfaces. Avoid spraying the fabric. Use a cleaning rag to wipe down the surfaces. Continue the process until your rag is no longer picking up stains and wipes clean.
Use a carpet shampoo and carpet-cleaning machine. Make sure that the product has a built-in stain remover. Read and follow the instruction manual for proper usage. Cover the carpet and fabric interior including the upholstery. Air-dry the car with the windows and doors open to allow proper ventilation.
Sprinkle baking soda on the fabric. Once the car is dry, coat the upholstery with baking soda and use a soft-bristle brush to work the product into the fibers. For best results, allow the baking soda to settle for at least one week. If you need to use your vehicle and you are worried about baking soda on your clothing, lay a towel on the seats.

acuum up any remaining baking soda from the interior. Any leftover baking soda should have soaked up the nicotine while it was settling into the fibers.
Leave an open bag of baking soda, coffee grounds or charcoal in the car overnight to eliminate any lingering odors.

Tip

Choose a carpet shampoo that is made for pet stains and odors as these are typically the most powerful.

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RUSTORICHES
Posted 2017-12-14 7:03 PM (#554350 - in reply to #549128)
Subject: Re: Removing Nicotine Stains


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Here's a do it self for removing the strange odours in your car, for those that still use the drip coffee makers place the used coffee grounds and filter of coarse [Wife's tupperware container] as suggested drip tray under the seats, in the trunk or where ever you see fit then close the vehicle up tight for a couple of days. This also works excellent on paint odour just don't sniff the grounds after you have used them to remove the fumes…..it will knock you on your ..ss. citrous base cleaner works well to cut through nicotine layers as well vinegar and water "stay natural" if you can
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di_ch_NY56
Posted 2018-02-04 3:07 AM (#557475 - in reply to #549128)
Subject: RE: Removing Nicotine Stains



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At my Letter most probably the first owner was a heavy smoker as well. All, really all chromed surfaces got a thick layer of stain. Furthermore the ash tray in the middle console was more than full with ash. In the seat rails I found some original, filterless cigarettes.

To clean small parts I scratch it off with my finger nails, for bigger parts I use wet shaving foam. Everthing else (door panels, carpet, headliner, seat cushions and seat covers) will be replaced.

I‘m a heavy smoker as well,  but in my FLK cars as in my house I don‘t smoke. I hope I could get rid of that bad habit at the time when my Letter is finished.

Happy Restoring!

Dieter

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hemidenis
Posted 2018-02-04 12:51 PM (#557495 - in reply to #549128)
Subject: Re: Removing Nicotine Stains



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disassemble the upholstery and put it in to the washing machine if it is not leather in it. It is is leather, get a powerful vacuum machine and try "409" first rubbing it with a soft sponge, rinse it with water with the sponge and vacuum the bejesus out of it. Nicotine it is not more than a nasty tar deposited on the fibers. If that is not enough go with "purple power". Always try in a conspicuous place first to check how the purple power affect your cloth.

Edited by hemidenis 2018-02-04 3:34 PM
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hemidenis
Posted 2018-02-04 12:53 PM (#557496 - in reply to #549128)
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post pictures of the results!
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FINS!
Posted 2018-02-10 7:48 PM (#557872 - in reply to #549128)
Subject: RE: Removing Nicotine Stains


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Thanks guys for all the ideas. Once it warms up I will get back to this and post results. The interior is leather with cloth. I may redye the leather at some point, depending on how it cleans up, it is the cloth that is most noticeable.
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hemidenis
Posted 2018-02-10 8:55 PM (#557879 - in reply to #549128)
Subject: Re: Removing Nicotine Stains



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I would work just fine, try the 409 first, let it sit for 4-5 minutes and rinse it it with water and a lot of vacuum. If that doesn't work try the purple power, that is guarantee to work. Cleaned the 23 years smoking accumulation of my friend's office walls...






Edited by hemidenis 2018-02-10 8:57 PM
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