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Old 08-04-2010, 12:21 PM   #1
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Default Air Freshener Damages Interior

I've had a "Little Tree" air freshener hanging from my light switch because it hangs too low from my rearview mirror for my liking. I was cleaning up my interior when I noticed something weird....

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This is what it did. It looks like bubbled paint. I didn't know the plastic was painted.




Has anyone heard of this happening before? It'* a little discomforting knowing your air freshener has chemicals in it that are strong enough to ruin plastic.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:26 PM   #2
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It'* not ruined. It needs a little graphite SEM brand paint and maybe a little texture paint too.
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i know the 95-99 MC/Lumina has some kind of coating on the dash, but i wouldn't call it paint...
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Interesting. I think the 00 up vents are dyed. Are you sure it was the air freshener though? Seems strange a scent would cause that damage. Simple fix with some spray paint and sandpaper though.

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suing the makers of the air freshener would make more sense, me thinks.....
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suing the makers of the air freshener would make more sense, me thinks.....
Ya thats what I meant but even then... proving your case would be damn near impossible.
And for what!? so they could buy you another vent cover.
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It'* a little discomforting knowing your air freshener has chemicals in it that are strong enough to ruin plastic.
Yeah, not going to put a little tree in my car, that'* pretty scary. And you breathe in that chit...
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When customizing, I've used the SEM stuff. It is what dealerships etc use to duplicate original interior colors.

Don't make me break out.. I modded most of my interior pics.
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Air fresheners use essential oils in them to keep the scent lasting longer. Those oils are like a solvent to some materials, like paint, if the are exposed to it for any length of time. Citrus based oils are the worse.
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