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A few interior questions... maybe not so hard to fix.

I'll admitt it... I abuse my truck. I never clean it...

I have a few questions to try and get my interior back in decent shape becuase im starting to feel bad for my truck.

I have a small burn on the drivers seat from one of my best buddies smoking while borrowing my truck.. grr... any idea how to fix it? It's not huge... its about... 1/8" round. Its on the silver part of the seats (the seats are black and silver) the burn is black.. it annoys me to no end...

Also... any way to fix scratches on the interior back vinyl piece under the rear slider window? I have a scratch that is not very deep... but it appears white. Maybe I need to just replace the piece....

The handles on the doors are peeling... its happened before any idea why?

The carpet is very soiled in a few spots... any great ways to clean the carpet up?

The seats have like... water marks galore on it... any way to clean these so they look almost new?

I just want a nice ride again.. I mean the truck only has 50k miles on it...
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TBH, maybe you don't deserve a nice ride if that's how you treat it with 50k on it...
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I don't I'm a jerk to it... well its more... the winters here are so cold I don't want to go outside ever to clean it ( i dont have a garage). I'm sure you know about the weather if you are in ontario...
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Over 250 000 miles. Pic taken in February. And that's dirty for my interior.
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i use upolstry cleaner spray on my seats, the kind with the scrubby brush on the end. it works well. if your carpet is really bad and you are feeling really ambitious you could remove the carpet and powerwash it, let it dry and put it back in. lol
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Yeah, getting your seats an carpet wet is perfectly fine for it. Well, not so much the carpet as it is for the seats. Make sure you dry the carpet right away.

I build seats for Chrysler, and the amount of steam we use on the seats to get the wrinkles out absolutely soaks the material sometimes.

Like Patrick said, those upholstery sprays with the brushes work really well.

You might also want to look into getting a vinyl floor.
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Yeah, getting your seats an carpet wet is perfectly fine for it. Well, not so much the carpet as it is for the seats. Make sure you dry the carpet right away.

I build seats for Chrysler, and the amount of steam we use on the seats to get the wrinkles out absolutely soaks the material sometimes.

Like Patrick said, those upholstery sprays with the brushes work really well.

You might also want to look into getting a vinyl floor.
a vinyl floor or some nice rubber floor mats!
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I have winter floor mats that hold all the water from melting snow in there... I swear the snow around here... is so powerdy some times when I open the door its like a vaccume and just sucks it in... haha really makes me mad.

To be honest... I am thinking about just ripping out the carpet and putting in a new one. I am unsure what the color of the carpet is though. It is the stock carpet. The truck is metallic silver and has black/grey seats and a dark grey carpet.. I'm sure everyones seen this configuration before.

BTW. I know i'm a lazy pig... I mean its more... I use the truck as a work truck so I'm in and out of it all filthy all the time. I also have dents in the truck... I bet someone should just take it away from me. I mean I had the truck about 8k miles before I wrecked it in the snow though one of those picket farm fences and did about 8k of damage to it..

But thats a whole story in itself. I really don't mean to destory it... I'm thinking of checking some of the huge scrap yards for ranger seats... unless does the fabric come off? I mean the cigarette burn really gets to me over time... and the center console cover broke on me. I wish I had the 4 door model... so i could put stuff behind the seats easier.
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i believe the color youre talking about is called charcoal grey. its what i have in my truck, but if youre considering taking the carpet out, the rubber floor may be a good option for you. much easier to keep clean
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yeah.. I just dont want to change it too much from stock... I mean what if I want to trade it in? I dont know how it would hurt the value.. I was also thinking of trying to put in leather seats... I had a 97 explorer xlt with leather... I liked it much better... I mean it was so easy to clean and a better feel to me.. even though I love the seats I have now... except cloth is impossible to keep clean for me.

The vinyl flooring... is weird to me.. I feel liek I could hose out the truck.. thats why I didn't buy the truck with that stuff in it.. it seemed... cheap? or something.. even though its not haha, its the edge.

I kind of want to try and put leather in there... would it hurt the value do you think?
Could I change the gauges to the white backgrounds? I kind of want to make it look more like the FX4? I think... Just more elite... even though I dont have power anything haha.
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i have seen alot of explorer seat swaps into the rangers so i know that can be done, maybe a set of seat covers? leather would be nice, i may be wrong but i think some of the newer rangers had leather seats in them. there are a couple options for the white face gauges, you can swap the entire gage cluster to a sport trac cluster with the white gauges or get and overlay, wich just covers up the black gauge faces with a white template. do a search on here, ive read a few threads and write ups about gauge swaps and such. as far as the rubber floor, i know what you mean, carpet just seems nicer, if you you can keep it clean lol
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Sounds like with the shape the truck is in, trade in value is the least of your worries. Doesn't sound like it'll even last to make it to a trade in...
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The best method I have found for cleaning the trucks carpet and upholstery is to rent a rug doctor machine. Just make sure that it comes with the hand held attachment. Anyway, this thing removed dirt and ALL the stains that develop on my seats so easily. It was insane how well this method worked. The mud in the carpet, yeah it took care of that no problem. I'm pretty sure you can rent these at most home depots, lowes, and general hardware stores. I would think it is way better than removing your interior carpet and or dissembling the seats to wash the fabric, as I've read in the past. I figured I might as well add this since we're talking about cleaning the interior.
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You should get seatcovers and some nice floormats. ... so should I, before I end up in your boat.

rug doctor sounds good but if you have a spray bottle and a shop vac its all the same...

And just for reference any "tough' stains, come out with denatured alcohol... say some hardwood flooring glue that your buddy got on your seat .
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Easy way to fix stains? Don't spill and get mats...
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Yeah definitely get some seat covers if you get dirty at work. I'd go with everyone else and get some upholstery cleaner for the inside.
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I don't I'm a jerk to it... well its more... the winters here are so cold I don't want to go outside ever to clean it ( i dont have a garage). I'm sure you know about the weather if you are in ontario...

Because we all live in igloos right? Sry id comment more but gotta go out and hunt some whales now...

lol And maybe stop lending the truck to friends if they burn up your seats. I would have made them fix or replace it personally.

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haha I live in an igloo... I mean ... my house is kept at 50 degrees... damn rental property with no insulation...

Can anyone suggest some nice seat covers? I mean I tried some cheap ones and they bunch and slide around I hate it. I really just want the burns fixed.. any remedies for this? I can live with stained floors from mud and salt... but the burns just annoy me. Does the fabric come off the seat... if it does maybe I could have that part re done?
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You can take the cloth off the seat, but you have to take the seat out of the truck, disassemble the seat back from the seat cushion, undo the clips or hog rings that hold the fabric to the seat pan, then undo the hog rings that hold the fabric to the foam.

You'll have to cut them with side cutters, and then putting it back together wont be any fun if you dont have a hog ring gun or a pair of hog ring pliers.

I build Chrysler seats and it's pretty easy when you have the right tools, but not so easy when you're trying to do it in your driveway.
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Get some wet okole seat covers, they are down right amazing. And you can even do your truck a favor, and put her name on them LMAO.
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