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Older car interiors

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:29 pm
by Cliff R
I have been keeping an eye on the interior of my 82 model MY wagon and I notice I can clean the interior side of any of the windows with any number of different cleaning products so they sparkle and the next day, especially in hotter weather, I see they have gone back to being dirty/foggy.
I have heard that with car interiors as they get older that they break down and give off fumes which are what is causing the issue.
I have also been watching the cars general apholstory (spelling) and see, of all things, the interior door opening handle surround is breaking down at a great rate of knots on, mainly, the front LH side.
The car is not in constant use and people rarely sit or use any of the passenger doors/seats.

Front passenger side

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Front drivers door

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Has anyone found any way to slow this process down, maybe layers of Armour all or some other product can help ?

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:34 pm
by thunder039
ive used armor all, its helped a little but not a lot. try and keep it out the sun i think thats what kills it

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:28 pm
by steptoe
My trick for those very pieces - applied to first stage crumble not bleeding disintergration you have there of your upholstery trims , and has been tested over 14 years - is hammertone epoxy paint ! Did my steering column covers too.

As for that cloudy crap - you'll get it from day one of a car from the early seventies and I guess it just gives off from then on :(

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:36 pm
by Silverbullet
Yep those latch surrounds are the worst, I just swapped my rear ones which were in better condition for my front ones which are all but disintegrated completely now...Dunno what I'll do to replace them might have to custom make something. Also not sure what you could do about the rest of the interior breaking down, these cars are so old now there's not much you could do short of refurbishing and re-upholstering the entire interior which I'm planning to do.

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:39 pm
by tambox
Good quality window tint helps protect the interior. Reduces the power of that big plastic cooker in the sky.

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:24 pm
by Subydoug
I keep my windows down to stop it heating up inside. Should help protect the dash from cracking and drying out. Also about a million times better for any electronics that are in the car. Thermal cycling electronics leads to an early death. Just dont leave anything valuable in there ;).

Doug

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:16 pm
by Brumby Kid
UV Rays don't help either, it's not just heat

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:44 am
by Venom
You can get the passenger side latch surround new from Subaru for about $30 i think. Drivers side no longer available. My plan for the drivers side one was to do steal the rear one out of a wagon, which tend to be in better repair.

I've given up trying to preserve the old ones.

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:44 am
by Alex
I remember as a kid scratching off the dead plastic from the door handle surrounds in my mum and dads old MY.

Came out all powdery and fun to play with. Dad kicked my arse.

Sent from my Motorola RAZR HD

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:49 am
by Cliff R
I am wondering why only (worse than the others anyway) is the front LH falling apart.
Why not the others.
The car isnt in the sun constantly in one position, it varies.

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:15 am
by RSR 555
tambox wrote:Good quality window tint helps protect the interior. Reduces the power of that big plastic cooker in the sky.
+1

This UV rays in Aus really knocks the crap out of the plastic bits. I find spraying that stuff like Armorall really just makes it worse, as once you do it, you must keep doing it. I prefer to use Linseed oil on all the plastic bits.. even the black external parts.. makes things like new.
Cliff R wrote:I am wondering why only (worse than the others anyway) is the front LH falling apart.
Why not the others.
The car isnt in the sun constantly in one position, it varies.
I think it's just coincident that it's happening to your LH side. Maybe prevous owner parked the car one way all the time ??

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:17 am
by RSR 555
Alex wrote:Dad kicked my arse.
Clearly not enough :p

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:19 pm
by Silverbullet
Yeah haha that powdery stuff that comes off when you scratch them :o This is also happening to the plastic panels that cover the rear wheels in the back on my car. I'm praying there's a plastic restoration place in town that may be able to help me here. Might end up just strengthening them as well as possible and then cover them in padded vinyl or something.

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:08 pm
by tex
I thought the left and right door handle surrounds were interchangeable I am almost certain on my old brumby I swapped them over so the crusty side was on the bottom crisis averted!

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:31 pm
by Gannon
The windows in my old MY sedan used to fog up all the time from whatever was leeching out of the dash. Was damned annoying because I'm very anal about the cleanliness of my windscreen.

As for UV rays, I thought that glass absorbed the damaging UV from sunlight?