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Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by mvespo348, Jan 12, 2004.

  1. mvespo348

    mvespo348 Karting

    Jan 5, 2004
    77
    North New Jersey
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    Michael
    Does anyone have a solution to repairing the sticky or gummy film on the air duct vents located on the dash without replacing them with new?
     
  2. parkerfe

    parkerfe F1 World Champ

    Sep 4, 2001
    12,887
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    Franklin E. Parker
    Just replace them as no repairs will look OEM. After you replace them never use any type dash dressing or cleaner on them as that is what makes them deteriorate and get sticky in the first place.
     
  3. bigbaddad

    bigbaddad Karting

    Oct 31, 2003
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    John Roberts
  4. brm

    brm Karting

    Apr 26, 2002
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    Tampa, FL
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    Bruce R. Morehead
    Check the archives for several posts on this subject. This will happen to other parts also. Briefly, remove them by pulling straight out (small clips hold them in), disassemble them, remove gunk, paint with satin finish black paint, reassemble them and press them back in place. If you want a 100 point car, get new ones.
     
  5. mvespo348

    mvespo348 Karting

    Jan 5, 2004
    77
    North New Jersey
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    Michael
    Thank you for the fast help and recommendations. I would replace all 3 of them if the price was right but since it's not I would rather jump into it myself and refinish them. I will take step by step photos as I go...
     
  6. Ksullender

    Ksullender Formula Junior

    Sep 3, 2003
    883
    USA
    Should you not use anything on them to clean such as armorall?
     
  7. mvespo348

    mvespo348 Karting

    Jan 5, 2004
    77
    North New Jersey
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    Michael
    Today I purchased adhesive stripper and a cleaner as per recent posts. 1st project passenger vent. Brushed on the stripper let set for 10 minutes. Went to wipe it off and the goo just would not stop! 1st project "disaster"! I will purchase new ones.
     
  8. bigbaddad

    bigbaddad Karting

    Oct 31, 2003
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    John Roberts
    Don't give up. It is messy, but keep scrubbing. You will get past the goo and down to the hard plastic.

    Good luck - John
     
  9. fanatic1

    fanatic1 Guest

    Nov 1, 2003
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    philip
    Buy a heavy duty paint stripper.........I used Strypeeze......about 5.00 for a quart. Let the parts sit in this completely submerged overnight............goo will wash off with HOT water in the morning........maybe use a toothbrush, but all of it will come off easily..........then dry and paint...........
     
  10. mvespo348

    mvespo348 Karting

    Jan 5, 2004
    77
    North New Jersey
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    Michael
    I will try it again tonight and see. Thanks for the encouragement.
     
  11. fanatic1

    fanatic1 Guest

    Nov 1, 2003
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    philip
    Be sure to use a heavy duty PAINT STRIPPER.........no scrubbing.........adhesive remover/alcohol/goof off/ citrus stuff won't work, it just softens it and then you have to scrub forever..........good luck
     
  12. mvespo348

    mvespo348 Karting

    Jan 5, 2004
    77
    North New Jersey
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    Michael
    Will Zip Strip Work? I don't know where I can find this Strypeeze product.
     
  13. fanatic1

    fanatic1 Guest

    Nov 1, 2003
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    philip
    Yeah, Zip Strip should be fine...........Strypeeze or any other comparable stripper can be found at Lowe's or any other comparable store..........
     
  14. sparta49

    sparta49 F1 Veteran
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    Mar 3, 2001
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    Frank
    Does anyone know I the part around the steering wheel that contains the vin can be purchased from Ferrari . mine is turning to a sticky goo. My other option I guess is to have it covered with leather
     
  15. Bmyth-FDC

    Bmyth-FDC F1 Rookie

    Oct 4, 2002
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    Byron
    Soap, hot water, and a scouring pad will work just fine. That's how I cleaned mine, just takes a little patience...

    Even if you go and replace with brand new OEM pieces, they will become sticky over time again...

    Check the old archives... there are LOTS of old threads about this, including pictures.

    Good luck!
    Byron
     
  16. bigbaddad

    bigbaddad Karting

    Oct 31, 2003
    135
    Arizona
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    John Roberts
    I stripped and repainted this part also. The VIN plate is just glued on.

    Here's the link with pics...

    http://www.ferrarichat.com/discus/messages/112/320204.html

    -John
     
  17. 348 Turbo

    348 Turbo Formula 3

    Jul 17, 2002
    1,837
    I feel your pain here.
    I had to strip all my vents and I repainted them black. It took all evening, one night to do them. DO NOT become impatient, the goo does eventually all come off. I scrubbed one of mine for almost two hours before it was truly clean, but it will eventually come off. "Stick with it".
    These vents can be expensive to replace, and if you're trying to win the concourse, yes, get new ones. Personally, I think the paited ones look far superior to the factory rubberized ones.
     
  18. jesada

    jesada Rookie

    Dec 8, 2003
    21
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Use lighter fuel. It make sticky gum melt.
     
  19. Doc

    Doc Formula Junior

    Sep 13, 2001
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    Latham, New York
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    Bill Van Dyne
    A friend of mine in Montreal is just getting started w a fiberglass/ carbon fiber business and he has made some 348 parts for another chatter. The quality of work is excellent and the prices are very good. Contact Andre at : specialconcept@hotmail.com. Tell him Bill, aka Doc, sent you.
     
  20. pflowers

    pflowers Karting

    Oct 31, 2003
    94
    Dothan, Alabama
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    Paul Flowers
    I removed mine, disassembled them and used lacquer thinner and a scouring pad to get all of the sticky coating off. I then used Krylon simiflat black spray paint from Walmart to repaint them. They look like new. This is a messy job so you may want to use gloves. Otherwise your hands will take a week to look clean again. This works for all of the other plastic parts that get sticky also.
     
  21. Ricambi America

    Ricambi America F1 World Champ
    Sponsor Owner

    The following message represents the views of this Fchatter and are not representative of FerrariChat, Ferrari SPA, Ferrari NA, or Interpol. YMMV
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    Lord no... Armorall products are about the worst possible thing you can put on a car. In addition to becoming a dust magnet, ArmorAll seems to behave like a crack-addicted tramp: it's a great product the FIRST time, but then it seems to take more and more applications to keep things looking good. There are very conflicting stories about the drying affects of ArmorAll on leather, plastic, etc. In my experience, I agree that AA does seem to cause premature drying/cracking whereever it's applied.

    There are lots of other products which are much safer -- basically, look for products that are silicone-free. You'll never get the same "bling bling" shine without the silicone, but stuff will last much longer. You might want to look into Griot's vinyl/rubber care. For leather, just use a REAL leather product like Meguires, Hide Food, or Griots.

    My 348 dash vents are still quite nice. No real gummy/stick stuff. Maybe summertime will bring it out. By the way, I don't need no stinkin' vents! The whole roof comes off instead!

    -Daniel
     

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