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#1 Masta Z

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 02:08 PM

Sister kind of smushed some gum all over the leather seat of our new Mercedez GL550. It has the real leather and not the MB-tex. What is the easiest way to get it off? It's basically embedded into the leather

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 03:06 PM

Few questions...

-How long has the gum been stuck to the leather? Is it still sticky, or almost dried hard?

-What kind of leather? I know that some of the newer MB's are coming with uncoated full analine leather. Scratch the leather, does it get any lighter where you scratch? If yes, its uncoated.

-Where on the leather is the gum? Seams? Perforated section?


Either way, you're gonna need to be careful with this. First, remove as much of the gum as you can by hand. I use toothpics to help with prying it off. Next I mix a strong solution of woolite/water and swab the leftover gum/leather with q-tips. Ill let that soak, then I get to removing the leftover gum again with toothpics and patience.

There may be other fasters ways, but just remember patience is your best friend with this.

#3 Masta Z

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 03:53 PM

its hard by now, been on the seat for about 2 weeks. Happened while on a roadtrip to Canada :(

Not sure about the leather type, but is an -08 model.

The gum itself is on the actual seat, where ur butt goes

#4 BlueLibby04

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 04:31 PM

I thought I was going to kill someone about three years ago. Someone thought it would be funny to stick some gum to the back of my notebook. I laid it in my seat and the gum got all over my leather.

I pulled as much as I could off then used a solution of water and joy. At the time I didnt know much about detailing but for some reason that worked great. I just worked it in with a cloth and it came out no problem. I followed that with a leather conditioner.

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 04:58 PM

Any of the above should work fine, depending on what the material is try holding an aerosol can upside down and spray the gum, this will freeze it and you could scrape it off with a credit card or something similar.

#6 wannafbody

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 05:19 PM

I'd freeze it with an ice block and get a plastic knife and try to remove as much as possible
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Posted 24 October 2007 - 08:08 PM

I'd freeze it with an ice block and get a plastic knife and try to remove as much as possible


Exactly. After that, I use my Woolite/water mix and a nylon bristle scrub brush to remove the rest.

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 07:15 AM

Ice block? A dry ice chunk rubbed on the gum? This is a new idea to me, sounds promising tho!




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