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Unread 09-10-2010, 04:48 PM   #1
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Alrighty, so pardon me if I miss any unwritten rules for this particular forum as this is my first post here...

I bought myself a new car earlier this year in April (1st one, too!), and am very pleased with it. Unfortunately, I've noticed a few scuffs on the vinyl interior/trim that I want to eliminate. The dealer has gotten rid of all but one little area, and since they've been so helpful and honest I don't want to bother them again with this if I don't have to (and it's good to learn on my own, too). Thus, I need to know how to fix it myself. I know they hire some guy/company called "The Vinyl Doctor," so this isn't something that is terribly complicated to fix.

Basically, I just need the product to make the scuff disappear. The simpler the better. The service department at the dealer tried this brownish-yellow polish that didn't work before calling the vinyl repair specialist, so it isn't a polish product. So what product do I need to buy to do this?

For what it's worth, the interior is grey and black. There is also some discoloration on some of the crash door trim (between the driver and passenger doors) that the dealer got rid of, but if it appears anywhere else I'd like to be able to get rid of it myself too, so a product that could get rid of discoloration (or cover it up) would be great - but the scuff removal is the priority.

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Can we get a picture or two? What kind of car?
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Can we get a picture or two? What kind of car?
I don't know why that would matter since this is a general knowledge question...? At any rate, it's a 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS. The scuffing is only viewable from certain angles so I doubt I'll be able to get a good picture of it with my crappy camera.

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There's many degrees of 'scuffs'. We gotta know how bad it is to tell you how to get rid of them. Some scuffs you can work off with your finger...
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There's many degrees of 'scuffs'. We gotta know how bad it is to tell you how to get rid of them. Some scuffs you can work off with your finger...
It is a scuff, i.e. it is not deep like a scratch would be but simply on the surface. (Having a product that can get rid of scratches and discoloration would also be ideal, mind you.) I've already tried everything simple available and that is why I'm looking for a commercial product. A finger or Armoral isn't going to cut the mustard. I will try my best to get a picture when I head home but I can all but guarantee you it won't show up in the photo.

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If it's a 2011 Sonata did you buy it like that? If you did it then it's not a Warranty issue but if you bought it like that bring it back to the Dealer and have them replace the seat as you payed for a perfect seat and got a scratched one. The only process I know of is leather restorer but as commercial it's not something you can buy. It usually runs around 150-400 to have a cars seats done.
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If it's a 2011 Sonata did you buy it like that? If you did it then it's not a Warranty issue but if you bought it like that bring it back to the Dealer and have them replace the seat as you payed for a perfect seat and got a scratched one. The only process I know of is leather restorer but as commercial it's not something you can buy. It usually runs around 150-400 to have a cars seats done.
It's on the vinyl trim, not the seats. Nothing is leather. I did not do it, but the dealership has been more than helpful in repairing it. I've gone to them on two different occasions and there is just this one small area that they missed. As I said, I don't want to have to bother them again if I don't have to and since this is something that'd be good to know anyway I am asking...

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Why not bother them? If I were me and I know I didn't do it, I'd be pestering the hell out of them to fix it. Buying a new car you're getting screwed anyway so why not use the hell out of the dealership until the warranty/certified-used agreement wears out?
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Why not bother them? If I were me and I know I didn't do it, I'd be pestering the hell out of them to fix it. Buying a new car you're getting screwed anyway so why not use the hell out of the dealership until the warranty/certified-used agreement wears out?
Agreed, shouldn't take them long. they scuffed up your car.
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they make money hand over fist at a dealer let them do it its not a used car

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