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 Concours Corner by Vinny Naro
We are deep into, and hopefully on our way out of, pollen season by now. If you live in ar- eas with many trees like I do then I also feel bad not just for your allergies, which I am sure are in full effect, but also your daily drivers as well as weekend toys. We all know how much it sucks to drive a perfectly clean car out for its first drive to be covered in pollen by the time you reach lunch. It makes OCD individuals like I wash my daily every weekend regardless be- cause even if it didn’t rain the car has about an inch of green dust on it. At this time of the year there is no such thing as a clean car unless it’s stored under a car cover, one drive out of your garage and your exposed, covered. What can one do to help this besides wash their car every day? Stay on top of routine maintenance wash and waxes and don’t forget to use anti-static detail spray post wash, my favorite is STILL is Kenotek showroom shine, the pollen does not adhere anywhere nearly severally when I use this. I can drive all week and use an electric leaf blower to push all the pollen right off; it feels al- most like a mirror-wax finish all the time.
Last time I did this article I spoke about leather and maintaining that factory luster, this time we switch materials to alcantara/suede. As Porsche guys we see this material being used more in productions cars than ever before, from Box- sters to Panameras. Not only are our steering wheels and shift knobs coming in alcantara but also trims, armrest, door inserts and seats. While this material when clean looks ultra-sporty (and
suede allows for maximum grip when used with suede gloves). It gets dirtier and worn quicker than leather components. Why does this hap- pen? Most alcantara is not coated with any- thing on top of the material itself, so all your oils from your hands, or from that burger you just ate gets into the wheel and then grinded into all the grains. This can wear the component down quick as well as stain it, create an eyesore. So how do we go about cleaning and protecting this precious material? Ceramic coatings, which we have all undoubtedly heard of by now, extend past just the paint and into the interior. These coatings create an invisible barrier on the alcan- tara components and helps to deflect oils, sand, dirt, etc from sitting on the material and then be- ing rubbed in by the driver. If you haven’t coated the material and do not feel like doing it or its past the point of no return then there are meth- ods to actually clean the dirt and grime out of the suede itself. The easiest way to do this is to just take a steam gun and apply to dirty areas, the steam will lift the dirt at which point the user can use a damp, clean, microfiber to clean the alcantara. If you do not have a steam gun then good old fashion hot water and clean towels will do. Gently (use a spray bottle), spray some water into the suede and then use the towel to gently clean the affected area. Play around with pressure and moisture, you will see the dirt be- ing lifted into the clean towel and can go from there. You may have to do this several times de- pending on the amount of miles and how OCD you are (I would always wash my hands after eating and then getting into my toy). By far the dirtiest spots on your car will be both the steer- ing wheel and the shift knob, two pieces that are used the most frequent while driving. Cleaning your suede regularly will prolong its life.
As always, any questions about specifics please do not hesitate to reach out, we love to assist other members.

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