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Re: Can you REALLY get cigarette smell out of a car?
Posted by Erik919kt [Email] (more from Erik919kt) on Sun, 24 May 2015 06:58:37
In Reply to: Can you REALLY get cigarette smell out of a car?, Cary, Sat, 23 May 2015 11:45:08
I believe you will never get the smell out entirely. I bought a car from someone whose cologne, or perhaps his wife's perfume, smelled up the interior, but mildly so, not overpowering. I've had the car for two years and have cleaned and left the car open outdoors a lot. If the car has been closed for a couple of days, I can still smell it a bit. And this was a mild smell, compared to smoke. I would say that you have not found the car that you want.
I'm familiar with ozone generators and have used them before. They do well with odors, but they will damage things like the adhesive holding on interior parts and insulation to wiring. Expect to have your interior fall apart earlier than expected if you use this. Duration of treatment will be important for the seats, because the smoke will have penetrated all the way to the deepest layers of the seats. I would guess overnight would be needed, but I really don't know.
One alternative would be to remove interior parts, like seats and carpet, put them in a sealed plastic enclosure, and treat with ozone there. You would still have to change the headliner. You're asking for a lot of work. This doesn't even get to the ventilation ducts, and all the nooks and crannies you can't clean. IMHO, the previous owner ruined the car, and it has value only to another smoker, or as a parts car.
Posts in this Thread:
- Can you REALLY get cigarette smell out of a car?, Cary, Sat, 23 May 2015 11:45:08
- Try keeping a bowl or 2 of vinegar in the car when you, Montana Tom , Tue, 26 May 2015 20:12:16
- I'm going to pass on this one., Cary, Mon, 25 May 2015 06:28:39
- NO, PeterH, Mon, 25 May 2015 04:11:50
- Re: Baking soda REALLY works!!, Street, Sun, 24 May 2015 21:27:44
- I think it boils down to..., Dennis_MA , Sun, 24 May 2015 15:31:19
- Re: Can you REALLY get cigarette smell out of a car?, Erik919kt, Sun, 24 May 2015 06:58:37 <-- Viewing This Message
- Mostly can, No Snaab, Sun, 24 May 2015 06:06:30
- Re: Can you REALLY get cigarette smell out of a car?, Name Left Blank, Sat, 23 May 2015 11:50:58
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