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Cleaning the Hood Liner

I noticed during an oil change tonight that mine was dirty and had white stuff on it. It might have been road salt that blew up when it was wet or something. Anyhow, I hit it with some household cleaner and the "salt" marks disappeared, but I noticed the piece itself was rather filthy. So what do you guys and gals use or do special to clean that piece?
 

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I use my air hose on full blast to clean mine. I'd be afraid it would mildew underneath and fall apart if I got it wet. I'd blow it off real good and maybe lightly brush it with a broom but that's it.
 

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Ixnay on the broom. It pills very easily. I tore the original up with a few strokes of a brush trying to wash it. I replaced the whole thing, got the logo letters from ASAP, then I scotch-guarded the [email protected]#$ out of it. Several months later it appeared I had some road splash on it. Rinsing didn't seem to help. Used a very soft bristle brush and it immediately began to pill / roll up.

Spoke to the detail shop at a nearby dealer and they claim they just rinse the living snot out of them to get them clean.

I haven't had the testicular fortitude to try it again, but will need to soon.
 

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Ixnay on the broom. It pills very easily. I tore the original up with a few strokes of a brush trying to wash it. I replaced the whole thing, got the logo letters from ASAP, then I scotch-guarded the [email protected]#$ out of it. Several months later it appeared I had some road splash on it. Rinsing didn't seem to help. Used a very soft bristle brush and it immediately began to pill / roll up.

Spoke to the detail shop at a nearby dealer and they claim they just rinse the living snot out of them to get them clean.

I haven't had the testicular fortitude to try it again, but will need to soon.
Thanks to all, and it looks like I better leave well enough alone. We're headed for colder temps here in VA Beach and washing it will be a bad idea. What I have sloppily circled in red is not light reflection. It is the "discolored" area I am talking about. It returned today so I guess my attempt at using a cleaner to take it off was a waste.





@CW, I may go for the ASAP letters too, but first I wonder what you cleaned it with (the letter holes), and I noticed they said to put a drop of silicone on during application. Silicon? I don't get it. What am I missing?

@RTE, So how goofy does it look if I just take it off? Also, is Punisher a daily driver? I ask because I wonder if removing it will mess anything up on the car. I read the old posts about possible paint bubbling on the hood due to heat..not, and I understand that it might be a little more noisy, but I can handle that.
 

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I wonder if removing it will mess anything up on the car. I read the old posts about possible paint bubbling on the hood due to heat..not, and I understand that it might be a little more noisy, but I can handle that.
Removing it will NOT mess up anything. It's function is minimal.
 

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Its primary functions are as a noise suppressor and a fire blanket...
 

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om - ASAP recommends using a clear RTV silicone adhesive and I understand why. What Tony cuts the letters out of has a pressure sensitive adhesive on it which works very well, but, well, it's pressure sensitive. You can't hold a great deal of pressure against a spongy surface to get it to stick. Get a little $2.99 tube of clear silicone, apply it sparingly enough that it doesn't "bleed" out but generously enough to get into the fibers of the liner and you're good.

Here are pics of my "experience".

http://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/...liner-solstice-text-inserts-70639/index3.html
 

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Its primary functions are as a noise suppressor and a fire blanket...
Plus many of these sorts of blankets have a third function - to prevent heat checking of paint on the bonnet. Not sure if one would be at risk for that if you removed it, but it is a turbo engine with hot bits under there so it bears thinking about. For the guys that want a concours look under there, you better stock up while (if) you can get them, and/or come up with some sort of protective plasticizing spray that will stabilize the surface so you can wash it without deforming it (hint - anything that would be inflammable would be counter productive....)
 

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Guess I missed that old thread Chicken. I like the painted letters. that's a nice look. I haven't had the need to clean mine other than spraying with air but will be sure to stay awaw from the broom. I used the vacuum with brush attachment on the trunk but haven't touched the hood. felt pills and the only way to get them off is with a razor. a disposable bic works pretty good on felt.
 
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