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Attention DIY fabric protectors! I recently got around to ScotchGuarding the interior of our new Prius. I am of the school of thought that thinks that if a little is good then a lot is better.

There is a coating on the plastic on the armrests and when trying to spray the protectant on the fabric of the armrest you will get spray on the plastic (silver in color on our car.) Solvent(s) in the protectand disolves the coating on the plastic. When the coating is removed the silver plastic is a different shade.

I suggest you mask off areas where fabric borders plastic prior to spraying. I did not notice any problems with the light beige-brown plastic that nearly matches the color of the fabric, just the silver plastic on the armrests.

:D Pat :D
 

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I Scotch Guarded mine with good success. Didn't mask off the arm rests but attempted to keep the overspray from getting on them. A little got on but there weren't any problems.

I wondered if Toyota applied some type of Scotch Guard but wasn't sure so I figured more is better than none. Glad I did!!
 

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Patrick,
Thanks for the tip. I've been thinking about adding a bit of that protection myself; I'll be more careful now.
Hope it didn't mess up the trim around your armrests too badly.
Drive happy,
Moo :)
 

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There's no need to ScotchGuard hard plastic.
Ya think? :wink: I don't think it was intentional, more that he noticed that it discolored the plastic.

Thanks for the info, Patrick; haven't done mine yet, but have been considering it. :)
 

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How well does Armor All look on the Prius' dashboard and trim? Does it have too much of a glare?
 

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RE: Scotchguard vs Plastic. I didn't harm any plastic, I didn't intentionally spray any plastic. The "SILVER" plastic on the armrests has a coating that is disolved by the solvent(s) of Scotchguard. Masking would be more prudent than trying to be accurate with the spray.

I started in the rear of the vehicle and had no adverse reaction with any plastic back there. Thus lulled into a false sense of security, I failed to account for the "topcoat" on the armrest plastic.

Fabric protectant was one of the HIGH MARKUP extras (Did you see Fargo? Remember the salsesman pushing sealer?) that the dealer offered. A second coat wouldn't hurt, especially on the armrests, headrests, and console even if you FELL for the huge markup extra that is so easy to replace as a DIY.

Total damage was a minor cosmetic blemish but if I hadn't been somewhat circumspect (I tried to mostly avoid the plastic) I could have messed it up a lot more. I could intentionally spray the plastic of both armrests and wipe off the coating. It isn't a bad appearance without it, just a little brighter silver.

I have turned my attention to other things. LIke having had over 50MPG on my last tank and having nearly 54 MPG on thte current tank. Getting a chuckle at the gas station when a frined helps fil it and thinks there is a malfunction because it won't take any more fuel, shutting off at less than 10gal pumped with a cumulative tank mileage of 506 miles.

:D :D Pat :D :D
 

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Armor All would probably "ruin" your flat black dash. I find the small "California Car Cover" anti dust brush does a great job.
Armorall wipes seem to have worked fine for me. And I am thinking armorall was recommended by some peice of documentation from Toyota. Perhaps the owners manual.
 

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I haven't tried Armorall on the dash but a damp chamios (sp?) is good. Maybe a custom dash mat woild be a betteer idea for the long haul.

My car came with a quart bottle of concentrated protectant to be used on the exterior paint after washings. Seems to work well. There is also a "sun Guard" protectant for tires that protects them from the ultraviolet rays that cause premature cracking. If you don't put enough miles on the car the tires may become unsafe before they wear out. Especially true if you park in the sun a lot.

I have used the sunguard product on my 19.5 Micheliins on the 1 ton dually with excellent results.

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Nothing in the Prius manual about Armor All. I questioned the light beige fabric on my seats to Toyota and they assured me it was designed and manufactured strictly for the prius. Did not need any other type of protection against stains or dirt. Gave me a Toyota brochure which stated this.
 

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I, too, Scotch Guarded the seats, center console, and all fabric items, with Scotch Guard. I have been scotch guarding the inside of my cars for years-- with tremendous results. (Water should "ball up" when you spill it on seat-- at least it used to with the older foaming formula of Scotch Guard.)

Anyhow-- I, too, inadvertently got some spray on the plastic...... :oops: And I can still see the discoloration.... :oops: So how do I handle the problem-- I avert my eyes-- and look away!!!!!! Oops! :D

I am still glad that I scotch guarded all fabric, however!!!!!!
 

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The fabric on the '04's is microfiber. I have a microfiber couch and recliner, and when I bought them, the couch had cola spilled all over it on the showroom floor (got a great deal). A damp sponge, and ouila! No trace left behind. No ScotchGuard or anything. Now, I don't want to try this experiment on my wife's car :lol: , but isn't microfiber supposed to be inherently stain resistant?

Oh, and they pushed the fabric protectant like it was the best thing since sliced bread - some BS about it being "infused under pressure", not just sprayed on :roll: I just smiled and said "no thanks".
 

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I bought an info kit supplied to dealers only on "E"bay when I got interested in the Prius. In it, was quite an article about the new fibers being used in the Prius upholstery. Mainly how much more stain resistant they are than "scotchguard" When I saw the creme and beige upholstery in my car I questioned about how difficult it would be to keep clean and I was told there was a pamphlet in my Prius info pack on how to keep it clean and no offer at all on a "scotch guard" application. Six months and 4.000 miles and still looks like new.
 

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zinzindorff9 said:
Nothing in the Prius manual about Armor All. I questioned the light beige fabric on my seats to Toyota and they assured me it was designed and manufactured strictly for the prius. Did not need any other type of protection against stains or dirt. Gave me a Toyota brochure which stated this.[/quote

I haven't seen this Toyota brochure. Maybe zinzindorff9 could scan it and post it.

Fortunately or unfortunately we opted to purchase the fabric and paint protection for about CDN$800. During the time we were in the Yukon we spent a lot of time on the road, both paved and gravel, and there was a lot of snacking going on. The 12 year old had several nosebleeds and numerous spills of various liquids. One was a milk spill that didn't get attention for several weeks.

Each time I have cleaned the car I have used NOTHING but plain water on all parts of the car, inside and out. Other than the bug tar which obviously will need some kind of solvent to remove I have had no problem cleaning the vehicle satisfactorily. All stains on the fabric and marks on the plastic disappear with a little rubbing with a lint free cloth and cold water.

Am I missing something here? Are people really having trouble keeping stains away? Maybe I have lower standards.

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OK, the brochure I have states that my "creme" upholstery is made from "Alcantara" material and the info in it is same as that in pamphlet derived from the immediately previous posting. I used "www.alcantara.it" and selected inglish. As added info after six months of ownership of being very carefull with the upholstery I executed the cardinal sin last wqeekend. I had already applied two coats of "Show Car" wax to the exterior of the car and decided it was time to take care of the interior door jambs etc:. Well, I did it. Spilled a couple soupspoonfull amounts onto left front corner of rear seat. After wiping the mess up immediately and mentally kicking myself in the butt I immediate soaked area with clear water and the use of a wet towel. Blotted this all up with a clean towel and now was looking at a wet gray "stain, maybe 4"/6". Next morning no sign of the stupid mistake. Nada, just like it came from the show room. I did not use scotchguard.
 

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i had fabric protection applied on my car but from the ford dealership (my sister works there so i got the fab protection and paint sealer for next to nothing)

now, i may not have had a problem either way, but i have had some wicked spills and all have cleaned up perfectly. now i dont know if the fab protection had anything to do with it or whether things would have been ok no matter what.

but as far as the coating on the plastic rubbing off or being dissolved, i think i am just delaying the inevitable. already the tab on my glovebox is showing signs or wear and it wont be long before the surface is rubbed off.

now that ive seen it starting, i have been much more careful about hitting the button. i now ease two fingers on it instead of the single digit jabs i used to do.
 
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