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Old 08-23-2005, 10:40 PM   #1
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Stomach Acid

You guessed it. I went out and I had a great time with my buddies. I was in the passenger side, and yes, I threw up in my own Porsche. At the time I was thinking, "eh... I need to replace my floor mats anyways."


However, floor mats aren't the problem. My stomach acid must have burned my leather seats. It's a 98 boxster, and the leather (where the vomit puddled) is hard like a rock! I tried H2O and Meguires Leather conditioner. It will not loosen up. I thought my leather was already in bad condition, but my vomit made it 200 times worse! HELP!

OPTIONS: NEW SEATS (about $1000 @ mantler), reupholster (cost $???), or flower cushions ($20 max Walmart; I wouldn't approve of this anyways, but I'm out of ideas).

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Old 08-24-2005, 05:41 AM   #2
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Nice! Throwing up in your own car definitely earns you many cool points! I have absolutely no good advice to give you. However, I am sitting here laughing my ass off. Thanks for making my day a little better.
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Old 08-24-2005, 05:42 AM   #3
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Actually, I do have a suggestion. Throw up in the same spot and see if your puke loosens up the dried puke when it soaks in and then you can wipe them both up?
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Old 08-24-2005, 05:50 AM   #4
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I'm sorry to hear about your little mishap, dude. Here's something I found on the internet:

Unremovable Spots

I guess a restorer/upholstery shop is your best bet. Look on the bright side - you hated your seat covers anyway.
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this is deifinitely the most unique thread I've ever read on this site.

Try the IZ cockpit premium. It has some citrus properties that can bite
through the upchuck. Follow up with the 1Z leather care and Lexol to condition.

I HIGLY encourage you to use a microfiber towel. I used that with the 1Z leather care to get this stupid girl's chewing gum out my seats. Took an hour with soapy water but it all came out.
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Old 08-24-2005, 06:40 AM   #6
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You can both seats redyed.

Costs about 75 bucks each at a good shop.

Looks like new assuming the leather is not totally shot.

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I've not found "new" seats at a dismantler for a $1000. They're more like 1800.00 in new or like new condition. Older seats with wear marks where the driver has slid into the seat year after year (just like the ones I have) now are $1000.

My local upholstry shop said they'd recover each of my seats front, back and sides for no more than $500 each, by the way. If the slides and electronic back adjustments work fine, this may be a good way for you to go if the stains don't come out.

And while it must have been very humbling to post this question on this forum, I want to thank you... I always wondered what that crusty crap was on my passenger seat that stained and hardened the perforated leather, and now I know it was a previous owner's girlfriend or buddy's puke!

It just has to be the results of highly acidic vomit. I found marajuana in the cracks of both seats so I know it was owned by at least one person who loved to party.

Hope you learned your lesson though. Anticipate the multi-color yawn well in advance next time and find a curb in which to

(oh, there's never been a better time to use that emoticon!!!)
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Go to http://www.leatherique.com and check out their restoration kit. It has a great cleaner, and leather rejuvenator to soften it back up. I've used this stuff on my 19 year old leather in the 928 and it's soft again like factory new.
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Something else to try...

Is Lexol leather conditioner. My wife spilled hot coffee in the passenger seat, and although she wiped it up quickly the perforated seat bottom soaked up enough to harden it.

I used their leather cleaner, then used the conditioner . I'd get it fairly wet with the conditioner, rub it in while letting it almost pool on the seat, then let it soak in overnight. Three applications and it's nearly like new. I was told that I could have applied it heavily and then covered with plastic overnight as well.

She's not allowed to drive it anymore.
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It clearly states in the manual "under no circumstances let the back of the perforated leather get wet" Since you didn't start cleaning right away, I imagine this is what happened. So the leather hardened. Maybe instead of acid it was water and the booze; alky-haul is known to dry things out.

If there is nothing visible, dried puke etc, then I would go with the suggestion above and condition the helll out of it and work it. If it messes it up , you are no worse off.

I am not an expert but had to fix a simlar problem once.
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Leatherique Products are GREAT!

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Go to http://www.leatherique.com and check out their restoration kit. It has a great cleaner, and leather rejuvenator to soften it back up. I've used this stuff on my 19 year old leather in the 928 and it's soft again like factory new.

The Leatherique products are amazing. I spent some time with them earlier this year and learned a lot about leather and leather care. I need to order some more stuff from them so I can do my seats.

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Thanks everyone. I'll try a little harder to soften the leather up. I'll try to post pics, when I get the chance. Reupholstering is probably going to be the ultimate finale. *sigh...

Oh btw.. randall, ebay shows the dismantler (whom I've dealt with before) selling a pair of seats on ebay. However, you are right. These are no way close to being like new condition. Mine are in better condition, I think.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Porsche-99-04-911-996-97-04-986-Boxster-Black-Seats-Par_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33701QQitemZ7998221 730QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW
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This whole thread is really one of best I have read so far..... Dude, I don't know how to fix it but you get an A for honesty. Drink less next time you take the car out????
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I emailed www.leatherique.com, and they replied the following:

"I would definately recommend at least a pint of the Rejuvenator and Prestine Clean, both on sale for $35. The Rejuvenator is a professional, leather specific protein collagen complex that will be absorbed directly into the hide to restore tensile strength, luxurious suppleness, and good health back into the leather, and expel dirt to the surface where it can be cleaned away with your Prestine Clean. "
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Ahahaha... I had to exhume this thread. I don't often do stuff like this, but I thought it would be worth a laugh...
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Thanks, Racer ! I must have missed this one. I haven't laughed that loud in a long time ! By Rail's second post I totally lost it...

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Actually, I do have a suggestion. Throw up in the same spot and see if your puke loosens up the dried puke when it soaks in and then you can wipe them both up?
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If you're ever in a car and need to puke, the best thing to do is to pull out the neck of your shirt and puke down the inside. Yes it's completely disgusting, but taking a shower and burning your shirt is way easier than cleaning the car!

Note: This works best if your shirt is tucked in.
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If you're ever in a car and need to puke, the best thing to do is to pull out the neck of your shirt and puke down the inside. Yes it's completely disgusting, but taking a shower and burning your shirt is way easier than cleaning the car!

Note: This works best if your shirt is tucked in.
Binary,

Sounds like you speak from experience ?

Ewww...

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Old 09-09-2006, 02:00 PM   #20
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Every once in a while my wife says to me, "You better slow down through that clover-leaf, or else I am going to throw-up in your car!" That works for me! Works faster than if I see a police car sitting in the shadows!

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