Nasty Seats - How To Fix? | Dodge Nitro Forum

Nasty Seats - How To Fix?

Discussion in 'Detailing and General Maintenance Forum' started by Zachary Voyce, Feb 13, 2018.

?

Best option for stained seats in Nitro

  1. Just keep scrubbing

    1 vote(s)
    100.0%
  2. Seat covers

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Completely replace seats

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Zachary Voyce

    Zachary Voyce New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2018
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Vehicle:
    Nitro
    Trim:
    SXT
    Color:
    Light Khaki Metallic
    Hey everyone! So, like most of us, having someone new sit in our Nitro will normally start with, "my seats are clean, I have no IDEA why they have these stains on them!" and then the typical passenger grossed out face when they actually see the seat.

    I have tossed around 3 ideas:

    1 - completely change out the seats for either stock OR aftermarket bucket seats

    2 - Higher end seat covers

    3 - spend the time and try scrubbing them AGAIN

    Has anyone had any success with cleaning these nasty seat stains without making the stain worse?

    Who has used seat covers that actually look right when on?

    Lastly, who has ripped out the old and gone new/salvaged?

    BTW, added a photo of the two front seats. Driver side looks fine to me... so what is so wrong with the passengers?

    Thank you everyone in advance for the help
     

    Attached Files:

  2. Scar0

    Scar0 Khaki Nitro Nut Moderator Member Relations NOTM Winner!

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2007
    Messages:
    26,191
    Likes Received:
    2,787
    Location:
    SW WA State
    Vehicle:
    07Lifted,4X4,6sp-man,3.7L
    Trim:
    SXT
    Color:
    Light Khaki Metallic
    You've got quite the challenge ahead of you. Mine are looking pretty bad as well. But it is a "working" rig so, to be expected I guess.
    Sorry no real help on the question....
    Maybe remove the covers and take them to a cleaner?
     
    Zachary Voyce likes this.
  3. Metaldog

    Metaldog Well-Known Member NOTM Winner!

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2016
    Messages:
    1,800
    Likes Received:
    1,156
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Indianapolis
    Vehicle:
    2008 Dodge Nitro 4x4 3.7L
    Trim:
    SXT
    Color:
    Brilliant Black
    www.katzkin.com

    All leather seat covers. PRICEY! But fit like a skin-tight glove. I don't have them (yet), but a friend of mine has them in his F150. They literally look like they were upholstered from the factory!
     
    Zachary Voyce likes this.
  4. Zachary Voyce

    Zachary Voyce New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2018
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Vehicle:
    Nitro
    Trim:
    SXT
    Color:
    Light Khaki Metallic
    Metaldog, do you know the brand or company your friend used for his 150? I've looked around a little bit and I'm seeing $850 range for fronts and rear.
     
  5. Metaldog

    Metaldog Well-Known Member NOTM Winner!

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2016
    Messages:
    1,800
    Likes Received:
    1,156
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Indianapolis
    Vehicle:
    2008 Dodge Nitro 4x4 3.7L
    Trim:
    SXT
    Color:
    Brilliant Black
    Katzkin cover is what he has. And they are awesome! Worth the $$, IMO. You'd swear they were factory upholstery. :eek:
     
    Zachary Voyce likes this.
  6. Zachary Voyce

    Zachary Voyce New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2018
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Vehicle:
    Nitro
    Trim:
    SXT
    Color:
    Light Khaki Metallic
    Just got a rough quote from the website to get an idea, they are $$$ haha. There are a few local places that complete the installation, so I might give them a call to find out more specifically what kind of options are available. Katzkin site quote said that there are a lot more options, but didn't give details other than that.

    I will keep you posted of what I find!
     
  7. Zachary Voyce

    Zachary Voyce New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2018
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Vehicle:
    Nitro
    Trim:
    SXT
    Color:
    Light Khaki Metallic
    So, I looked up some simple solutions to my seats for right now since the options I would love to go with (Katzkin) are $$$. Mopar Total Clean solution, an easier $ to handle at $20/bottle of 16oz, but boy am I happy with the results so far!! After one spray and scrub with a towel, my seat looks fantastic. I have put a pre and post photo (sorry they are not exactly a like, I didn't think I would be this happy with the product). I am going to go back to my car at lunch and see what a settled seat looks like, because my brain is in disbelief. I'm sure I will need to do a few more spray and scrub sessions before I am happy. Used Mopar Total Clean on my dash and console as well, and am very happy with the was it was able to clean the nasty surface!
     
  8. Zachary Voyce

    Zachary Voyce New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2018
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Vehicle:
    Nitro
    Trim:
    SXT
    Color:
    Light Khaki Metallic
    I will upload photos later today when I can minimize the scale size of the photos on my phone
     
    Scar0 likes this.
  9. Scar0

    Scar0 Khaki Nitro Nut Moderator Member Relations NOTM Winner!

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2007
    Messages:
    26,191
    Likes Received:
    2,787
    Location:
    SW WA State
    Vehicle:
    07Lifted,4X4,6sp-man,3.7L
    Trim:
    SXT
    Color:
    Light Khaki Metallic
    I've tried other products in the past(other rigs) that looked great right after the application, then as the product dried out, and as the seats were used, it looked like crap again.
    I hope yours still look good after about a week. If so, I know what I will be buying shortly.
     
    Zachary Voyce and Metaldog like this.
  10. Zachary Voyce

    Zachary Voyce New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2018
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Vehicle:
    Nitro
    Trim:
    SXT
    Color:
    Light Khaki Metallic
    Busy weekend, but seats oook great still! Will post photos ASAP
     
  11. 7UDO

    7UDO Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2010
    Messages:
    92
    Likes Received:
    31
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Udine
    Vehicle:
    Nitro
    Trim:
    SXT
    Color:
    Black
    you can just buy a new oem seat cover :D
     
  12. Scar0

    Scar0 Khaki Nitro Nut Moderator Member Relations NOTM Winner!

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2007
    Messages:
    26,191
    Likes Received:
    2,787
    Location:
    SW WA State
    Vehicle:
    07Lifted,4X4,6sp-man,3.7L
    Trim:
    SXT
    Color:
    Light Khaki Metallic
    Well, Whats the word?
    Pics?
     
  13. Testeclops

    Testeclops Member

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2016
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    49
    Vehicle:
    2007 Nitro SLT 3.7
    Color:
    Black
    Those stains looked like a mold stain. That's not a surface issue, if it is mold. That will be down in the seat padding.

    Best option will be to remove the seat from the car, and separate the cover from the padding. Wash the cover in the washing machine and let air dry. Treat the padding with a MILD bleach solution (do a small area first to make sure there is no reaction with the padding from the bleach). Let dry COMPLETELY before reassembly and reinstall.

    I'm seeing similar staining on your rear seats, notice that water line on the rear seat (just barely visible in the back corner of the photo). I'm gonna put odds on you having a leak from your roof rails/sunroof area. I would pony up for a carpet cleaner rental and go to town on that interior. While you have the seats out, should you remove them, use some diluted APC and a paint brush and really clean all the edges and hard to reach places in that interior. Your nose (and passengers) will thank you!
     
    Scar0 and Nitrogen like this.

Share This Page