Revamp Your Car’s Interior With A Simple Weekend Project

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When there's nice weather, the first thing we do is to break out the bucket and sponge to give our car a wash. The interior gets overlooked time and time again, so why not set aside a weekend and change that? Give your car a fresh interior with a few quick and easy steps.
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Make A Plan

Take a good look at your interior, and determine what parts look good, what needs to be cleaned and what is so bad it needs to be replaced. Order your replacement parts early, so the entire project can be done at once.
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Shop For Upgrades

Not everything in your car's interior will need to be replaced because it's old and worn. Some things could use an upgrade to modernize the look. Consider how your interior would look after changing one or more of these parts: 
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The Old Carpet

In poor condition, your carpet can make your car look even older than it is. Years of debris can also bring lasting odour into the car. Depending on your carpet's condition, you may only need to give it a deep clean by using  foaming spray carpet cleaner. Once they have been cleaned, carpets with only a few badly worn patches can be revived using fabric spray paint

 If your carpet is severely worn or damaged, it may be easier to just replace it. Start by removing the seats, seatbelts, console and plastic trim around the carpet. Pull up your old carpet, but try to keep it in one large piece, so you can use it to measure the  new carpet. Mark your new carpet to be slightly larger than the old piece. Extra carpet can be trimmed later. Place the carpet in the car where it will sit, and mark spots that need to be cut for the shifter, seat mounts, etc. Thoroughly vacuum and clean the floor before placing the newly cut carpet back in the car. Use s pray adhesive to secure the carpet in place, and trim up the edges to fit exactly. You may also find  pre-fitted carpet specifically for your car, so you won't have to do all the measuring and cutting yourself.
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Seat

 If your seats are already out of the car while you're replacing the carpet, it's a good time to give them a make over. For fabric seats, use a fabric cleaner or mild soap mixed with water. Apply a small amount of cleaner with a spray bottle or dab directly on the fabric. For heavy stains, scrub with a soft brush before using a shop vac to remove the cleaner. This will only partially dry the fabric, so you will need to give the seats plenty of fresh air to dry.   

Leather seats wear differently, and their flaws can be avoided by using a  leather conditioner. Apply to a clean seat before you know you won't be driving the car for some time. It works best when given more time to 'soak in'. You can also spice up a boring leather seat with  leather dye. Apply all over for a new colour or to deepen the old colour. Dye only the inner back and seat sections to make a two-tone seat that will stand out. Keep in mind that dye comes in many forms such as gel, liquid and spray, and each has different drying times. Be sure to dye leather seats at least a few days before using them again.
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Dash & Trim

 There is no shortage of options in terms of colour and style for dash kits. These kits come ready to install, and they are made specifically for your vehicle. If you want to replace only select parts of your dash, consider removing the pieces and using plastic dip to decorate the dash and trim in any colour you want. The newly coloured layer can always be removed if you decide later that you don't like it. 
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Plan For The Future

Now that you've got revisions in place, it would be wise to put the finishing touches to the interior and plan for keeping it nice in the future. 
Find an  air freshener you can live with. Use  floor mats to protect new, or nice, carpets. By an  organiser for your back seat or boot. Keep  interior wipes handy at all times.

Written by: carthrottle
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