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Old 12-01-2019, 05:16 PM   #1
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seat belt cleaning

What's the best product to try to revive 72 Highlander white seat belts. Not horrible, but not "white" either.
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Old 12-01-2019, 06:38 PM   #2
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Re: seat belt cleaning

Soak the parts you can in Woolite, scrub with a brush, repeat.. Rinse.
If you have grease stains, use Purple Power, rinse repeat..
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Old 12-01-2019, 08:35 PM   #3
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Re: seat belt cleaning

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I pressure wash mine after performing Astro's suggestions. Gets them pretty clean.

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Post seat belt cleaning

I do a lot of this because factory correct seat belts are nice and work well as well as look good .

As mentioned : Woolite, first run warm water over them in the sink and work your fingers in to release and rinse away the looser dust and sweat residue .

Then work up a tub of warm soapy Woolite and begin at one end and slowly and gently scrub them with a soft bristle brush, do one whole side end to end, flip it over and repeat .

When finished rinse well with warm water and hang up dry, you'll be well pleased at the results .

Most smaller race tracks have adverts for local places that will re web your old nasty rotted away belts that have good unrusted buckles .

This way you can make up effectively new sets with perfect buckles collected from various different colored seat belts found under the seats of junked trucks .
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Re: seat belt cleaning

Simple green and a stiff bristle brush works great for me.
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You're working with 50 year old nylon webbing, be smart and don't use stiff brushes....
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Re: seat belt cleaning

If someone knows a way that cleans as well but doesn't harm the tags I'm all ears. But I have great success with mixing a strong solution of Purple Power in a bucket, drop the belts in, and forget about them a day or more. Then I scrub with a regular scrub brush and power wash. I have had just a garden hose with spray nozzle work just fine. I have done dozens of belts this way to go from looking black to whatever color they are supposed to be
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You're working with 50 year old nylon webbing, be smart and don't use stiff brushes....
A bristle brush doesnít cause any damage...if you really want to be smart donít use 50 year old nylon webbing.
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A bristle brush doesnít cause any damage...if you really want to be smart donít use 50 year old nylon webbing.
That right there is the answer I was looking for. 50-year old belts can't possibly be up to the standard of new. I got rid of the old seat belts a couple of years ago. Nylon loses its stretchability after some number of years (10?) and is useless in a wreck. Something to consider.
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Re: seat belt cleaning

I have caused some minor fraying (if you look closely) due to using a stiff bristled brush (I use simple green also), so I ditto the soft brush comments if you are concerned about that.
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That right there is the answer I was looking for. 50-year old belts can't possibly be up to the standard of new. I got rid of the old seat belts a couple of years ago. Nylon loses its stretchability after some number of years (10?) and is useless in a wreck. Something to consider.
Actually, unless there is visible wear or damage, there is no reason nylon couldn't last about forever. This might (might not, too) be true for extremely sun faded belts. But they could have half their original strength and be more than ever required. I have nylon web 1' ratchet straps I have been securing loads so tight over edges I can play a tune on that are 25-40 years old. The only time one has broken was where it got a cut in it from being tightened over a sharp edge. Simply placing a piece of cardboard on the edge prevents that. I still used that strap for years until it only had about 1/2" left. Then just for less crucial uses. These straps are rated at 1,500# @ 1" and they are not designed to be a safety device. The material and web weave in seat belts gives them a much greater load bearing rating by design.
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Re: seat belt cleaning

I fill up a 5 gal bucket with dawn dish soap and let soak a day or 2 stirring and moving them around several times. You would not believe how dirty the water/soap becomes. I do the bucket thing 2x then hand clean them with a soft brush.
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Swamp water. How about the black residue left in the bottom of the bucket?
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Swamp water. How about the black residue left in the bottom of the bucket?
Makes for a mighty strong cup of joe.
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