TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC
  1. TMC is currently READ ONLY.
    Click here for more info.

Need help cleaning black seats

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by jaydiculous, Jan 20, 2020.

  1. jaydiculous

    jaydiculous Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2018
    Messages:
    74
    Location:
    California
    I honestly don't know if it's a seat defect or something is on it since I've tried the car guys super cleaner and it won't go away. Any suggestions?
     

    Attached Files:

  2. qdeathstar

    qdeathstar Active Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2019
    Messages:
    1,944
    Location:
    VB
    Looks like a chemical stain... what dis you have back there?
     
  3. Birdman325

    Birdman325 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2017
    Messages:
    900
    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    Looks like zinc / sun screen. ?
     
    • Like x 2
  4. lawmangr

    lawmangr Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2019
    Messages:
    14
    Location:
    Grandville, Michigan
    I thought the same thing. That stuff is tough to get rid of.
     
  5. jaydiculous

    jaydiculous Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2018
    Messages:
    74
    Location:
    California
    Ahh that may be it. Any suggestions on getting it out?
     
  6. RyanF

    RyanF Member

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2016
    Messages:
    331
    Location:
    US
    Rubbing Alcohol with a microfiber cloth will get sunscreen off the black seats.
     
    • Like x 2
  7. McMoo

    McMoo Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2018
    Messages:
    162
    Location:
    St. Louis
    Clorox disinfectant wipes worked for me to get sunscreen out.
     
    • Like x 4
    • Helpful x 1
    • Informative x 1
  8. kbecks13

    kbecks13 Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2017
    Messages:
    1,912
    Location:
    SoCal
    Ugh i've got the same white sunscreen stains from when my mom took a ride....darn fair skin! Dont be like me and let them sit for weeks before noticing :(

    Appreciate the tip, will give that a shot!
     
    • Like x 1
  9. Revelation

    Revelation Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2018
    Messages:
    74
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
     
    • Informative x 2
    • Like x 1
  10. qdeathstar

    qdeathstar Active Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2019
    Messages:
    1,944
    Location:
    VB
    I use that *sugar* on everything.
     
    • Funny x 2
  11. Birdman325

    Birdman325 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2017
    Messages:
    900
    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    I’m sure many know this already but I have been told not to use magic eraser on the white seats because the chemicals remove some from of protective coating on the seats.
    I have a cleaning product that one of the mobile techs recommended. Will snap a picture of it when I get out to the car shortly.
     
    • Informative x 1
  12. fajitamondays

    fajitamondays Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2019
    Messages:
    228
    Location:
    WA
    • Like x 1
  13. onshi

    onshi Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2018
    Messages:
    64
    Location:
    NYC
    I have those too! No idea where they came from but since they’re on the passenger arm rest I think it was left by my mom . I tried cleaning it off with ONR but no luck.
     
  14. OCR1

    OCR1 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2018
    Messages:
    3,734
    Location:
    Southern California
    I had those stains all summer long. They are most likely sunscreen stains. I was able to get them off with Clorox wipes. I would not use Magic Erasers - they are too abrasive.

    The sunscreen stains are so bad on the black interiors that I purchased disposable food handling gloves and I put them on now before I apply sunscreen to my face just to keep the sunscreen off my hands. Otherwise it ends up all over the steering wheel and the seats. It’s awful to deal with.
     
    • Like x 4
    • Helpful x 2
  15. Bose

    Bose New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2019
    Messages:
    1
    Location:
    Toronto
    Fantastic works very well to remove any cosmetic stains
     
  16. Birdman325

    Birdman325 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2017
    Messages:
    900
    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    This has been helpful for me on some other spots and was recommended by a mobile service tech.
     

    Attached Files:

    • Like x 1
  17. onshi

    onshi Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2018
    Messages:
    64
    Location:
    NYC
    the Clorox wipes worked like a charm. Thanks again for the tip!
     
    • Like x 3
  18. jaydiculous

    jaydiculous Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2018
    Messages:
    74
    Location:
    California
    I went and bought armor all leather wipes from walmart for cheap and gave it a go. It did the trick, but needed a lot of agitation and muscle grease. I did get it out, but I may try some other solutions.

    Thanks everybody for helping out!
     
  19. cucubits

    cucubits Active Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2019
    Messages:
    1,645
    Location:
    TX
    I've had good results with Ammo NYC Interior Regimen. Cleaned the whole interior of the pre-owned Model S I bought. Just like he suggests in his videos: spray it on, agitate with a brush/scrub pad and wipe off quickly.
     
    • Like x 1
  20. kbecks13

    kbecks13 Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2017
    Messages:
    1,912
    Location:
    SoCal
    Kinda off topic but i just discovered the Ammo NYC youtube channel, why do i find myself watching videos of a dude cleaning cars for an hour?!? Bought some of the hydrate for drying the car, haven't tried it yet.
     
    • Like x 1

Share This Page

  • About Us

    Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.
  • Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


    SUPPORT TMC