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Old 03-04-2008, 01:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best way to remove Armor-All

My (new to me) truck has been plagued with ArmorAll. What is the best way to remove this junk from my interior?

The dealership my girlfriend used to work at devalued a trade-in if they used armor-all on it...

They should rename it to "ArmorAll Hair-n-Dust Magnet"
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You're trying to get rid of ArmorAll? I'm confused. I guess I've never had a problem with it. I use it when I clean out the truck...gives the dash a nice shine for awhile.
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Armor all is not the best thing to use...it creates an unnatural shine (in my opinion) and it attracts dust worse than a magnet it is also said to actually crack dash plastic....don't worry SMOKIN will chime in here in a bit
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smokin diesel will tell you not to use it. it does crack plastic. i dont use anything but meguiars. i think it works realy well.
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You're trying to get rid of ArmorAll? I'm confused. I guess I've never had a problem with it. I use it when I clean out the truck...gives the dash a nice shine for awhile.
Preference I guess... I have a dog and spend time in Moab Utah where ArmorAll collects more dog hair and Utah sand than my tires do. It's ok if you like that "I just puked baby-oil all over" look LOL

The guy who redid the interior in my 58 Chevy said he would not warranty any material that shows signs of armor-all use.

I read somewhere there is this stuff called 303 that removes armorall.
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Id just use a good quality interior cleaner. eventually it will go away.
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Dilute Simple Green 4:1. Should come right off. OR, if you dont have Simple Green, make a MILD solution of Dawn Dish liquid and water in a spray bottle or bucket with hot water.
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I read somewhere there is this stuff called 303 that removes armorall.
Yes, 303 makes an APC (All-purpose cleaner) that is pretty good IMO. If you dont feel like ordering it, see my post above.
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I used to use amorall and it cracked my dash and two of my buddies. i now use Tire Wet. It shines my dash and also doesnt collect dust and it lasts awile. been told its good to use cuz it doesnt dry out the plastic. Idunno if its true but works good. just dont get it on the windshield, very hard to get off.
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Dilute Simple Green 4:1. Should come right off. OR, if you dont have Simple Green, make a MILD solution of Dawn Dish liquid and water in a spray bottle or bucket with hot water.
Good post Matt ... But I disagree with dawn. I try my best to stay away from dawn, it has its own negitive side effects that I wont get into in this post

Armor-All is a cheap quaility product, and with cheap products, you get cheap results & negative side effects. Armor-All actually dries out plastic/vinyl, attracts dust like crazy, leaves a very greasy residue, is very slippery, and leaves a VERY artificial/un-attractive/un-natural shine. Vinyl has a natural matte finish, and that is what it looks best at

To remove it, I reccomend and use Pinnacle Vinyl Cleaner (I use this the most), 303 APC, Megs APC+ (Orange), & DP Total Interior Cleaner.

After it is properly cleaned, it can be dressed and protected with the PROPER product.

Pinnacle makes a great protechant/dressing, that has a very natural, non-greasy,non-dust attracting product. So does DG, and 303.

Take a look at the interior sticky that I just added a few days ago.

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Good post Matt ... But I disagree with dawn. I try my best to stay away from dawn, it has its own negitive side effects that I wont get into in this post

Armor-All is a cheap quaility product, and with cheap products, you get cheap results & negative side effects. Armor-All actually dries out plastic/vinyl, attracts dust like crazy, leaves a very greasy residue, is very slippery, and leaves a VERY artificial/un-attractive/un-natural shine. Vinyl has a natural matte finish, and that is what it looks best at

To remove it, I reccomend and use Pinnacle Vinyl Cleaner (I use this the most), 303 APC, Megs APC+ (Orange), & DP Total Interior Cleaner.

After it is properly cleaned, it can be dressed and protected with the PROPER product.

Pinnacle makes a great protechant/dressing, that has a very natural, non-greasy,non-dust attracting product. So does DG, and 303.

Take a look at the interior sticky that I just added a few days ago.

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Yeah, I see what you mean. I probably should have stressed a VERY MILD solution. But, I too would use that as a last resort. Dawn has its place and its not exactly in the automotive detailing world.

Agreed x's 2 on Pinnacle interior dressing:thumbsup I havent bought any myself yet, but got the chance to use it once from a buddy of mine and man is that stuff BEAUTIFUL. The best part about it is its water based so no oily residue at all. Needless to say, its definately going to be on my next order.

Mike, I see you prefer the Pinnacle Vinyl cleaner over DP or 303, any reason you care for it more than the others? Just curious cause im trying to get a shopping list together.
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Matt,

I like the DP & 303 line a lot ... but I LOVE pinnacle products all around. I use there entire line (although when polishing I go to menz more than pinnacle)

The pinnacle seems to do just a slightly better job at cleaning IMO ... It is more expensive, but worth it to me. And there dressing I just love, a beautiful, natural vinyl matte finish for the interior, and not oily at all. Just a touch of shine, but not over dont and artificial looking. The only place I like a "wet" shine on plastics/rubber is the wheelwells, tires, and trim work.

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