MX5 – Interior Clean and Detail

(First posted on MX5 nutz forum in May 2015)

Something that really needed doing was a serious clean of the interior. ย It was pretty grubby, especially the leather so I got to work on it.

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The ‘walnut’ trim on the centre console had obviously been removed some time ago but the glue had not so it looked like this. ย Also the air vents had been replaced with some wheels from an RC car which looked a bit crap. Fortunately the previous owner had already bought some proper air vents so I just had to swap them.

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more sticky stuff that needed removing

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cleaning tools

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one cleaned

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cleaned to reveal the white stripes on the knobs.

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dirt in the grain

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grubbyness all removed

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super resin polish to remove the glue

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all gone and new vents in ๐Ÿ™‚

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found a quid. cashback!

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next on to the seats. ย They were really bad. ย I thought they were just very dirty but it seems they have been ‘restored’ with some colour in the past and that had discoloured or collected dirt over the years. ย So instead of this being a fairly simple removal of dirt it was a bit more work than that as I was removing the, now grey/brown, colour to eventually reveal the original leather colour.

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grey/brown colour

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partly cleaned areas to check what i was doing was working

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passenger seat done, drivers next

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this took forever!

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door cards were just as bad

before

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after

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belts too

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spare wheel cable tied in so it was rattling around and a wire coat hanger as a radio aerial. also a free hat, ratchet and cable ties.

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had a good nose around for any rust

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gave it a bit of a clean

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bit of surface rust under the battery so thought I may as well sort that and stick some pads under the battery to stop the paint wearing off again.

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all back together with the wheel bolted in properly now.

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lastly I pulled the dials out to replace one of the backlight bulbs and moved some non standard wiring for the horn.

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so that’s a few more jobs done. ย still not too exciting but the interior is a much nicer place to be now.

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