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Water stain on interior pillar?

Dealership left a dark stain on the interior, so I removed it when I got home using the following:




It removed the stain, but left a water mark / shadow.

Annoyed because it said on the bottle it will not stain.

Any advice on how to remove this stain?

I have another upholstery cleaner that I might try at home tonight:

https://westcoastcustomsshop.com/pro...lstery-cleaner

Any advice or suggestions is greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-04-2019, 02:50 PM
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Not sure that Sonax product was the correct one to use.

But presuming that is fabric the stain is on, I'd suggest using this:



303 is an extremely high quality product line, and the chief ingredients are used for oil spill clean ups.
Westcoast, Adams, and Chemical Guys have a "white label product" stink about them for me.

Soak that area with this and blot it dry, and it should remove everything.
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I've had luck in the past using a steamer and a very clean white towel.
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That should be the dealerships issue to repair or replace. Though it does require allowing then the time to address it, I understand why a self resolution is in order. Good luck. What did they do to cause it?

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Take a spray bottle, fill it 1/2 way with warm water, and put a few squirts of your laundry detergent. The idea here is not to over saturate the area, but to lightly mist over and gently agitate with a white terry cloth. If you have color transfer other than the dirt itself coming onto the towel, stop.

If the stain is starting to lift, keep at it until you have a factory finish. Finish off by buffing the area with several MF towels to remove as much moisture and detergent as possible before air drying.

Sonax alcantera cleaner is a great cleaner, however, the product cannot dry on the surface, if you choose to test out this method again, lightly dampen the surface with some water (spray water on a MF towel and gently go over the area to apply the cleaner to), and apply the product and scrub the stain out, rinse and repeat. When finished, take a clean damp towel and scoop out excess product. The water will also neutralize any cleaners, thus preventing the product from staining. Best of luck!

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And try and treat an entire panel or seamed area. This will push any chance of a water mark out to the edges where it will blend in more easily. Or treat to a narrow section or hidden area that will hide better. Behind the seat belt here.

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Thank you everyone for the feedback.

I was able to get the stain out with the West Coast Customs Carpet / Upholstery Cleaner that I had in my garage.

https://westcoastcustomscarcare.com/...stery-cleaner/
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That should be the dealerships issue to repair or replace. Though it does require allowing then the time to address it, I understand why a self resolution is in order. Good luck. What did they do to cause it?
I did not notice the stain until I got home from the dealership.

It would have been such an inconvenience to go back there, so that is why i decided to attempt to remove it myself.

Not sure what caused the stain.

If something was broken, then that would have been a different story and I would have returned.

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