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Old 11-12-2012, 07:36 PM
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I spilled a whole bunch of scrambled eggs all mixed up and ready to cook, on my carpeted trunk. I scrubbed the hell out of it and washed down with a hose on the part I could remove. It dried up OK.

As far as gas goes, a match would probably fix it.
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I only tote Gas home in the bed of this........

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A friend was to turn in his Mercedes in two weeks when a gas can tipped over in the trunk,spilling a gallon.
He soaked it up best as possible,left the trunk open with a box fan blowing when possible.When the time came to turn it in,the odor was totally gone,no one picked up on it.
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Go to your local sporting goods store an by some scent eliminator for hunting. It's usually charcoal based and I have used this many time to eliminate gas smell prior to hunting. Works amazing.


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Go to your local sporting goods store an by some scent eliminator for hunting. It's usually charcoal based and I have used this many time to eliminate gas smell prior to hunting. Works amazing.


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I was able to remove the smell from the carpets, but does this product remove it from the bare metal itself? That is what remains and reeks of gasoline. I still have everything removed from the trunk. Maybe it's not the metal but there is this black sticker or rubber thing stuck to the trunk that the gasoline tried to eat. Anyone know what that black thing is or can someone take a photo of their trunk as a comparison before/after so I know how bad it got eaten? The white power you see is from the Gonzo Odor Eliminator bag (powder).

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The white bag you see in my trunk is that bag of Gonzo Odor Eliminator you see. Does not appear to be working.
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Sorry this happened to you, but I think a point may have been missed here. IMHO carrying gasoline in a closed trunk is a bad idea. Any place where fumes can collect is hazardous.

Either wedge the gas container on the floor behind the passenger seat or on the passenger floor where you can keep an eye on it. Open all the windows. Cleaning up a gas spill is a mere inconvenience compared to what could have happened, especially with the battery in there along with it. I would consider myself lucky.

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I think most of us get gas once or twice per year. Perhaps placing the can in a large tote would be a safety precaution. One can always throw out the tote if it tips. Then again, a can shouldn't leak or all the fumes would leak out in your garage over the year. Good luck on getting the smell from that black pad. See if you can get a new one from a dealer.
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i bet that mat has absorbed a lot of gas..... thats gonna smell for a bit
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I was able to remove the smell from the carpets, but does this product remove it from the bare metal itself? That is what remains and reeks of gasoline. I still have everything removed from the trunk. Maybe it's not the metal but there is this black sticker or rubber thing stuck to the trunk that the gasoline tried to eat. Anyone know what that black thing is or can someone take a photo of their trunk as a comparison before/after so I know how bad it got eaten? The white power you see is from the Gonzo Odor Eliminator bag (powder).

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The white bag you see in my trunk is that bag of Gonzo Odor Eliminator you see. Does not appear to be working.
I believe those black pads are factory-installed sound deadening material. They appear to be of a rubber/foam-based substance, and would probably absorb and disintegrate at the introduction of gasoline. I would probably scrape the material up, and replace it with either some aftermarket sound deadening material, or see if you can get replacements of the factory pierces from the dealer..
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Those black pads are factory-installed sound deadening material? Made of rubber/foam-based substance? Ok, this makes sense, and this must be what soaked up a lot of the gasoline and is most likely the cause of the remaining pungent gas smell that won't leave. I thought it was the metal of the trunk but this makes more sense.
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