View Full Version : How to detail rubber mats?
03-26-2002, 12:10 PM
I have the BMW rubber mats. Even after a wash with soap and water, they have a pale chalky white haze. Is there something I can put on them to make them look more of a rich dark black w/o making them slippery or greasy?
03-28-2002, 11:57 AM
Any dressing that I know of will definitely make them more slippery. If the pale chalky white haze you refer is a stain and not part of the actual mat, then I would try removing them as opposed to covering them up. I've heard good things about the following two products:
Eimann Fabrik Spot Remover (http://store.yahoo.com/classic-motoring/ai-32.html)
Eagle One Zap Spot Remover (http://store.yahoo.com/classic-motoring/eagonezapspo.html)
However, I'm sure any strong household cleaning solution and a good brush would work just as well.
I just installed my rubber mats yesterday. The passenger side had similar marks to what you describe out of the bag. I have used 303 product on it to remove the marks which came off. I will have to watch to see how it stands up to daily use.
04-01-2002, 06:29 PM
The white chalky residue you are seeing is "bloom" from the rubber itself. If you look at the hood and trunk bumpers you will see it there as well. As pointed out it will be tough to find something that wont make it very slick and dangerous to drive (getting from mat to brake and gas from the bottom of your foot)
I made the brain dead mistake of putting Vinyl and rubber dressing on my gas and brake to make thm nice and clean....YIKES!! :yikes: :yikes: I'll never do THAT again!
I just use those for winter, I put the cloth ones in during the summer
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