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Ok need some help, I have 2 problems.
1. On the driver side door panel where my elbow rest while I drive there is a spot starting to discolor.(Yes I know bad driving habit but at my age it isn't changing) I've tried soap and water and the 303 stuff from amazon but its still there.
2. I have my dogs in the car a lot so I'm dealing with 2 things here lol 1 is the hair the second and harder is dog slobber on leather. I have a bulldog that slobbers everywhere and have problems cleaning it off the leather. Any suggestions?

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Ok need some help, I have 2 problems.
1. On the driver side door panel where my elbow rest while I drive there is a spot starting to discolor.(Yes I know bad driving habit but at my age it isn't changing) I've tried soap and water and the 303 stuff from amazon but its still there.
Where is the spot, on the little leather/vinyl covered ledge that sits behind the door handle/pull? If so, see link at bottom...

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2. I have my dogs in the car a lot so I'm dealing with 2 things here lol 1 is the hair...
Are you asking how to clean up the hair that they have shed already? My 1st choice would be a hand-held vacuum with plenty of suck to it. I would think that could make quick work of any pet hair scattered around. If all else fails, you could also try those sticky lint roller things that they sell for removing lint and stuff off your clothes. Between one of those and a good vacuum, I'd hate to see any pet hair that remained behind, it would have to be some pretty stout stuff!

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...the second and harder is dog slobber on leather. I have a bulldog that slobbers everywhere and have problems cleaning it off the leather. Any suggestions?
I've never tried this method, but it seems to be a good one for really cleaning vehicle interior leather:
https://bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ub...t.#Post4342454

Give it a shot and report back how it worked. Surely can't hurt, right?
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I've never tried this method, but it seems to be a good one for really cleaning vehicle interior leather:
https://bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ub...t.#Post4342454

Give it a shot and report back how it worked. Surely can't hurt, right?
Going to have to try that, wish I had seen that when I had the leather. Much easier to clean up drool from the cloth seats now...

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Ok all I have tryed to remove this stain in several different way ,everything from wiping to scrubbing with a tooth brush and products such as ,Turtle Wax Carpet/Upholstery Cleaner , Griot's Garage Carpet/Upholstery Cleaner, McGuire's carpet and upholstery cleaner, wool light and water, Dawn Dish soap and water to no avail. Its where my elbow rides on the door panel (I'm 6 foot 300lb so I'm a big boy, reason I bought a challenger and not a tin can Camero of Mustang lol) I'm sure its skin and body oil but it's just not coming out. I have 4 picks 2 before and 2 after to days scrub. I'm half way thinking of getting a wire brush and grinder. this spot is driving me nuts. 2 photos are before todays scrub and 2 after, But I've spent all week focused on this spot cleaning it. Any ideas? And thanks nuke the Wool light got the dog slobber up.
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Ok all I have tryed to remove this stain in several different way ,everything from wiping to scrubbing with a tooth brush and products such as ,Turtle Wax Carpet/Upholstery Cleaner , Griot's Garage Carpet/Upholstery Cleaner, McGuire's carpet and upholstery cleaner, wool light and water, Dawn Dish soap and water to no avail. Its where my elbow rides on the door panel (I'm 6 foot 300lb so I'm a big boy, reason I bought a challenger and not a tin can Camero of Mustang lol) I'm sure its skin and body oil but it's just not coming out. I have 4 picks 2 before and 2 after to days scrub. I'm half way thinking of getting a wire brush and grinder. this spot is driving me nuts. 2 photos are before todays scrub and 2 after, But I've spent all week focused on this spot cleaning it. Any ideas? And thanks nuke the Wool light got the dog slobber up.
Okay, so its on the plastic door panel, i was thinking it was the vinyl/leather arm rest down below that...well, that is very reminiscent of cleaner wax stains on exterior trim, and if it is the same type "damage" as what cleaner wax does to trim, you won't be able to remove that spot per se, you'll have to mask its discoloration with a trim restore type product.

Unfortunately, if it does need some sort of trim restore or trim black product, I don't think you can count on any of the standard stuff we use on outside trim because it's all just a topical treatment at Best, and certainly will wear off from repeated contact with your skin.

I don't know man, it sounds like its gonna be a pain to fix or a pain to live with, pick your poison

Now that's all supposition on my part, and more me thinking out loud than anything. But if everything else you've tried hasn't helped, what else can you do...

Anyway, I'm actually cleaning my Challenger this afternoon too, so I'll keep thinking on it and reply here if I have any bright ideas
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Okay, so its on the plastic door panel, i was thinking it was the vinyl/leather arm rest down below that...well, that is very reminiscent of cleaner wax stains on exterior trim, and if it is the same type "damage" as what cleaner wax does to trim, you won't be able to remove that spot per se, you'll have to mask its discoloration with a trim restore type product.

Unfortunately, if it does need some sort of trim restore or trim black product, I don't think you can count on any of the standard stuff we use on outside trim because it's all just a topical treatment at Best, and certainly will wear off from repeated contact with your skin.

I don't know man, it sounds like its gonna be a pain to fix or a pain to live with, pick your poison

Now that's all supposition on my part, and more me thinking out loud than anything. But if everything else you've tried hasn't helped, what else can you do...

Anyway, I'm actually cleaning my Challenger this afternoon too, so I'll keep thinking on it and reply here if I have any bright ideas
This stuff is amazing for black trim, it's expensive but you don't need much, best stuff for black plastic I've ever seen. Solution Finish Black Plastic & Vinyl Restorer 1 oz.
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I bought that to fix some of the plastic trim in the engine bay of my last challenger, and it worked great. I managed to turn some of the black trim on that car completely white by accident one night, and that Bondo stuff turned it back to black for me several days later when it was suggested to me to try and I got some and did it. You seriously couldn't tell anything had been wrong once I got done and it dried. (Don't ask about the accident, it was stupid...it was a misguided attempt at touch-up paint application that went horribly wrong...there was an explosion, and orange paint was all over everything, and I 'fixed' it with some paint thinner...I was an idiot!)

Well, that's not exactly true, I could tell where I had fixed the trim, but mostly because I knew where to look...there were some very faint paint lines which were a result of me being sloppy with the applicator and not realizing it would dry with them exactly as it was. Anyway, the key to making that stuff work is in the application. You have to be careful, precise, & patient when applying it, because it is a permanent dye that doesn't wash off or wear off over time like the trim shine stuff we all use for exterior trim.

If you were to try that stuff, I would say your biggest challenge would be the applicator. The foam one that comes with it is probably too dense for your needs. I would think your door panel would require something more porous/less dense...like a makeup sponge or something. Since that door panel texture isn't flat like the exterior trim, you can't just paint it on I don't think. That would be obvious where it ended and the regular trim finish began. You would have to figure out a way to blot it or barely brush it on that door panel to make it a seamless application once it dried. I don't know, I'm really just guessing with this part.

Anyway, I saw that Bondo stuff sitting on my shelf and thought it should definitely be on your list of possible fixes to consider. So there you go...That's the best I've come up with so far anyway.

Good luck with it,
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This stuff is amazing for black trim, it's expensive but you don't need much, best stuff for black plastic I've ever seen. Solution Finish Black Plastic & Vinyl Restorer 1 oz.
You missed a prime opportunity for a pun there...don't be scared of the pun, the pun isn't as bad as people make it out to be...we all like puns, we just don't all admit it in mixed company
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