Interior help: gum on seatbelt

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  1. Run N. Gun

    Run N. Gun Active Member

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    I was detailing the Expedition today and realized that one of my sons smeared gum on one of the seatbelts. Yuk! It has obviously been there for a while. I tried saturating it with woolite for about 5 minutes and no dice.

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    Any suggestions on how to get rid of it?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Put ice on it, get it real cold and you can usually pick it off. You don't want to use hard solvents on the seatbelts because it may weaken them.
     
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    I still wonder why they still make Gum, it's so worthless :o
    you can't swallow it and causes more problems than anything we eat
     
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    lemans23 PV - The Vision of Sound

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    I always swallow it. And..

    "I...like it when the...red water...comes out."
     
  5. Run N. Gun

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    I didn't consider the integrity of the belt, good point. Glad I didn't put anything else on it, besides some diluted woolite. Thanks for the suggestion, Scott!
     
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    lemans23 PV - The Vision of Sound

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    ^^ I agree, but I highly doubt that you'll wear out the webbing. If the shit can hold up a pickup truck, I'm not so sure that using some cleaners will compromise it.
     
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    :rofl: creepy huh?

    anyways, today I tested the ice trick and it worked, now the carpet is gum free :bowdown:
     
  8. Run N. Gun

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    As a Materials Engineer by education, I can easily see how certain solvents could chemically breakdown the coatings on the fibers in the fabric, causing a degraded service state. My concern is not when the seatbelt is at rest, but rather at the point where the stress-strain is highest (i.e. during an accident) on the fabric. That is where the damaged fabric would be most apparent. I hear what you're saying Lemans23, but I cannot take that chance with my two little boys, it's not worth it. ;) Scott is 100% on target, ice is the best solution for this situation! :cool:

    I'll take a pic when I get it cleaned off. Thanks!
     

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