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    Getting smokers smell out of a car.

    I've inherited my Dads LR Discovery. He smoked a couple of packs per day, you get a sore throat just from being in the car.

    I've fitted a new cabin filter and vacuumed the car out ect and it still absolutely reeks. I've got one of those bug bomb style air freshener things to let off once I get it running again.

    Anyone got suggestions/experience on what else can I do to get rid of the smell? I'm thinking maybe steam clean the carpet and headliner? I will probably pull the seats out so I can clean it properly.
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    Pull the carpet, it settles in the insulation and is an ass to clean up

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    Yea carpet and headliner will be where most of the smell is.
    Clean it well it will eventualy go

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    Quote Originally Posted by dales133 View Post
    Yea carpet and headliner will be where most of the smell is.
    Clean it well it will eventualy go

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    Pretty much this, carpet or steam clean everything, maybe even clean things like the sun visors, grab handles etc itís not just the smell itís the brown gunk that accumulates on everything.
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    For the carpet, those carpet odour powder things that you sprinkle in then vacuum after awhile work alright

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    You'll never get the smell out I'm afraid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dales133 View Post
    Y...headliner .
    Near the sun visor where the smoke travels up above the driver. New cars have nice foam in there that sucks up the smoke.

    Once you've done that get a can of A/C cleaner. Start car, turn A/C in recirculate mode and open the can. Close door and come back in 15 to 20 minutes. Helps a lot.

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    I smoked for years and gave up.
    I've had my la dcrusier 10 years and smoked hundreds of packets I n it over 7 years.i cleaned the visors and headliner with spray n wipe and there's no smell at all now

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    I had this problem with a car I bought once.

    The only way is to strip the entire interior and absolutely soak/shampoo the lot of it, the more the merrier, including the headliner.
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    Once you've cleaned as much as can be arsed, an open tub of bicarb soda will soak up some smell. I used a container with holes in the lid. Hope a cop never looks under the seat.

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    replace the headlining

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stix Zadinia View Post
    replace the headlining
    Good idea, surely a headliner out of a wrecked non-smoker's car would be less hassle than cleaning the existing. Maybe same for carpet, sun visors, etc.

    Spray on/vacuum off carpet cleaner would be worth a try for the seat fabric.

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    you can use those mobile companies that recover them easily enough - there was an episode of wheeler dealers where they replaced the whole thing from a kit.

    problem with steam cleaning old headlining (actually any headlining) is it destroys the foam backing and sets off the glue - they're really easily damaged

    don't forget the sun visors

    spray fuck out of under the seats with deodoriser too if you want a short-term masking of the smell
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    Put a couple of fish in the spare wheel well. Guarantee after a couple of days you won't be able to smell the smoke at all...

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    Can you get your hands on an ozone generator? Quite commonly used here by professional valets in the UK to get smells out of cars.

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    Cheers fellas.

    We've doused the carpets with a can of upholstery cleaner. I've removed a whole bunch of plastic trim, it's amazing where ash can get into.

    The insulation under the carpet in this is weird, the carpet is molded with inch thick closed cell foam glued to the entirety of it. Thankfully it's not the shredded stuff.

    Ozone generator is an interesting idea, never looked into them before.

    We've left a few open boxes of bicarb in it. We'll see what it's like tomorrow. Nopics is heading up to Bunbury and will get some more upholstery cleaner and maybe another A/C bomb. I'll put all the EGR shit back together tomorrow and let one off in it.
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    Open boxes of bicarb soda won't do shit. My 5 year old threw up in the back of the jag once, milk and rice bubbles, most of the spew went on the carpet on the transmission tunnel in the back seat.

    Only thing that got the stink out was to pour the bicarb onto the carpet directly, nice and thick, let it sit for 24hrs, then vac it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KDog View Post
    I had this problem with a car I bought once.

    The only way is to strip the entire interior and absolutely soak/shampoo the lot of it, the more the merrier, including the headliner.
    I did this once. Stripped it, scrub and pressure wash the seats and carpet. Used orange scrub on all the plastic (and glass!) It was that bad. Also cleaned up kilos of ash and tobacco. Gross. Came up well though!

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    Yeah, proper deep cleaning is what it needs. The tar from the smoke can build up under the dash and in vent ducts like a greasy condensation as well.

    The more you can take out and treat with a cleaning agent the better. Use one of those citrus based cleaners (either domestic or car specific) on hard surfaces or as a pre-spray before extraction cleaning fabric/material on the headlining or seats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturmovik View Post
    You'll never get the smell out I'm afraid.
    Most accurate post in this thread.

    At most you will get rid of 85% of it with a full steam clean, replacing carpets, bicarb the whole car, a/c clean, replace/steam seats, alcohol wipe all plastic surfaces etc.

    Basically what Mythbusters did in the dead pig in car episode.

    If you have a shit sense of smell / you're a smoker or ex-smoker that might be good enough but otherwise on a hot day when you get in, you will know.
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    I've steam cleaned the interiors of over a thousand cars over the years. After that length of time the smoke odour will be in everything. The seat cushions and any trim that has anything slightly porous in it's construction. If you get a less than professional steam clean done to the upholstery, you'll add more moisture to the problem, which will make things worse. Smoke particles have to be physically removed from every surface before you can kill it. An ozone generator on it's own won't do the job, and can actually harm certain plastics. Any odour that's in the carpet, underlay, or seat cushions is there for good unless, you replace the porous materials. masking agents will only work short term if it's been very heavily smoked in for years. Shit will be through the vents and duct work.

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    ozone generator. A suitable one is $35 from AliExpress. It's what car rentals overseas use, and what commercial dope operations use to prevent their warehouse stinking out the entire postcode.

    Edit: just saw lefty's post above about damaging plastics. I had no problems using ozone generator to get the cologne and sweat stink out of a fully-swede WRX.
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    Having a quick read re: ozone generators, be careful to not be in the car with it doing it's thing and aired out well after.
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