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post #1 of 4 Old 08-26-2013, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Operation: Interior Swap?

Okay guys,

Last week I picked up a 1999 Classic. It's got the black interior with the head rest seats. I love the black interior better than my two tone black/light gray on my 98 sport that I am keeping.

The interior on my Sport is IMMACULATE. It still kind of smells new.

The Classic, while reasonably clean, has been smoked in, the driver's side door panel would need to be swapped, and a few other panels. The carpet is in so-so condition, but could probably clean up.

The seats themselves are in good shape, but need to be steam cleaned.

I got the Classic for a great price and will be selling it once I get the title back in my name from the license branch.

Would you guys swap?

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post #2 of 4 Old 08-26-2013, 05:43 PM
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The smoke smell on all the plastic pieces could be easily cleaned. I smoke in my jeep but once a month I wipe down every plastic piece with a great cleaner. As well as rent a rug doctor from the grocery store . People that ride with me I don't let smoke and they cant tell I smoke in the jeep

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post #3 of 4 Old 08-28-2013, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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I have a small Bissell steam cleaner that I'm in the process of using on the interior.

My biggest concern is the change in smell. My 98 still has a like new smell to it, and I really don't want to lose that. Mother's VLR keeps a "new car" like smell for quite some time, but my Jeep seems to have some sort of magical scent generator.

As far as team cleaning, you'd be amazed at all the DARK brown water that comes out of nearly every car seat I have cleaned.

Depending on how this interior cleans up and smells afterward, I may do the swap. The headliner is disgusting, and I think I may just pull the fabric, rhino line it, and paint over it in light gray. I'll let that sit in my garage for a few days to gas out and not smell up the interior.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-28-2013, 06:57 PM
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You can always pull the panels and clean them to get the smell out. Lots of baking soda on the seats and carpet for a bit. Pull the carpet, wash it and let it air dry. Frigi Fresh the HVAC system. Unless someone chain smoked in the thing constantly and never dumped out the ash tray and never cleaned it then it's really not that difficult to get out.

Worst come to worst you could always ozone shock the inside.

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