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    How to remove Nasty Film on Interior Plastics?

    Just bought a car [new to detailing], and the dealer must have used some cheap interior dressing that left this nasty whitish film over all the black interior plastics and vinyl. I'm never seen something like it - you can run your fingers and it literally smears around? The worst is the passenger dash area, but I wanted to be safe, so I first tried some Meguiars Quick Interior Detailer Cleaner with a microfiber cloth. It literally did nothing on the worst areas, and hardly anything on the other areas. The film just smeared around and left little white specs. What a disappointing product.

    Next I tried some diluted dish soap and water, scrubbing with a towel...maybe I went too diluted, but it didn't help much either. Finally I said F-it, and used a soft dish scrubber pad and some diluted Fantastik household APC, not letting it sit long, scrubbing a bit. This helped the most, but this greasy film is still present over lots of the interior.

    Could you suggest a safe, but strong automotive cleaner and method that could remove this film?

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    Re: How to remove Nasty Film on Interior Plastics?

    What kind of car is this?
    Does it have leather or fabric seats?
    Is the sticky dressing also on the leather seats or just the door panels & dash?
    Any pics?

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    Re: How to remove Nasty Film on Interior Plastics?

    Sounds like you have some leftover mold release agent on the interior plastic parts. An emulsifying cleaner followed by a rinse with hot water should clean it up.

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    Re: How to remove Nasty Film on Interior Plastics?

    Its an Acura RDX with leather seats, but the film seems to be only on the dash and door panels.

    What emulsifying cleaners do you recommend that would work? And should I just bin the Meguiars QID?







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    Re: How to remove Nasty Film on Interior Plastics?

    Looks more dry than greasy to me.

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    Re: How to remove Nasty Film on Interior Plastics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eldorado2k View Post
    Looks more dry than greasy to me.
    Totally agree.

    If it were me, I would use a soft brush with my Griot's interior cleaner to start.
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    Re: How to remove Nasty Film on Interior Plastics?

    If it was me I’d apply leather conditioner to try and replenish some much needed moisture back into that surface.

    I detailed a Mercedes Benz a couple of days ago and the MB Tex was trashed, all dry and looking like someone had spilled milk or something on the back seat.

    I 1st wiped down the entire interior with Megs D114 rinseless wash then followed up with Megs D180 Leather Cleaner & Conditioner.

    Here’s how dirty my brand new applicator got after using the D180. Both sides picked up this much dirt.



    And the inside of that Mercedes looked better than new once I was done.How to remove Nasty Film on Interior Plastics?


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    Re: How to remove Nasty Film on Interior Plastics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eldorado2k View Post
    Looks more dry than greasy to me.
    Yeah, other than the first pic in the area around the vent, I don't see much.

    What led me to suggest it was mold release agent was the description that the "film" smeared around. Mold release agent typically contains silicone (among other things).

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    Re: How to remove Nasty Film on Interior Plastics?

    Quote Originally Posted by 57Rambler View Post
    Yeah, other than the first pic in the area around the vent, I don't see much.

    What led me to suggest it was mold release agent was the description that the "film" smeared around. Mold release agent typically contains silicone (among other things).
    Yeah I really haven't seen something like this before. Its almost like a sticky adhesive. Lighting was bad, so I enhanced the photos to show the residue, which then shows the plastic structure, probably making it appear 'dry'. Any cleaner you suggest?

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    Re: How to remove Nasty Film on Interior Plastics?

    I think this photo shows it a bit better


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