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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-20-2017, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Sticky plastic interior pieces

Back when I had my Lotus, some of the surface finish on the dash vents were starting to get "sticky" and there were small scrapes, smear marks or finger prints that could not be removed. Any attempt exacerbated the issue. I am OCD about my cars, and this drove me nuts.

One of the things I've learned from the Italian car crew is that this wasn't just a Lotus thing, it was nearly every European exotic make that suffered from this. One of the Fchat members brought this up and had found a solution. Thought I'd share this tidbit in case anyone else has experienced the same. Instead of replacing the interior parts or painting them, this gives an OEM look. Doesn't appear that any Lotus owners have stumbled across this yet, as Lotus isn't listed in their selection. But I'm guessing they wouldn't have any issues working on them.

You have to remove and send parts in. But turn around is a couple weeks. Not crazy long and the Ferrari owners on fchat are happy with the quality of the work.

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Some cars, or even plastic parts batches within the same car, seem to be more vulnerable to this problem. For instance, there are multiple owner reports of Elise/Exige owners who have sticky air bag rings. Others like me have never had the problem.

I think it's a combination of prolonged exposure to sunlight, heat, and the wrong selection of cleaning and detailing materials that contributes to break-down of the plastic surface.

Knowing that the airbag ring is so vulnerable I will only clean my steering wheel with a diluted solution of mild soap and water. When I do use detailing solutions inside the cockpit I only use products made for that application.

I don't have any scientific methods to prove my theory (owning just one Lotus) but it makes some sense to me.

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I had the sticky airbag cover on both of my Elise and used Denatured Alcohol to remove ALL the residue in about 1 minute each. I was afraid to try it but figured what the heck, I will do something else if they don't clean up. I was amazed. Now I just need to know what others are using on the airbag after it is clean. My thoughts are to do nothing and clean with Alcohol again if it gets sticky. I also used a CF wrap on the ring around the airbag since the silver paint was scratched and rubbed thin in places. Came out looking pretty nice.
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