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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-14-2011, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question Seat protection

I've been reading that the cloth seats in Rangers are very prone to marking and staining. What do you guys think about using a spray on protection such as Scotchguard or some similar product? What products have you guys tried and found to be effective? What products do the pros use when they do their fabric protection? I'm not sure about using seat covers as an alternative. Some don't fit that well ane look frumpy and woudn't their use limit the functionality of the seat side airbags and the adjustible head rest. I have a friend with a toyota tacoma and all he does is simply drape a bath towel over his driver's seat. I'm kind of leaning towards either that or using the scotchguard treatment but am not sure?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-14-2011, 03:43 PM
 
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I have a 2007 ford ranger an i was having the same problem, i ended up getting seat covers from canadian tire and they fit good. But i also don't have adjustable headrests, but you can get seat covers in 2 pieces.. so far its worked good for protecting the seats!
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Gee, I didn't know Rangers have side airbags and adjustable headrests now. That's pretty cool.

I guess with the side airbags, that means you shouldn't really use seat covers, which is what I did. Maybe you could use one of those seat cushions to help save some wear and tear to the material, though I think it's reasonably tough fabric.

For stain protection, just use Scotchguard. I just put some on my new sofa, and that was easy enough. Haven't spilt anything on it yet, so it must be working

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Side airbags were introduced in the 2010 model year. There are seat covers that allow side airbags to be used....custom ones online are pricey. I too would like a cheaper version if possible. Will check out CT again.

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I've been detailing cars, truck and other types of vehicles for a little over 10 yrs and scotchguard is a great product and easy to use the only thing is if you do spill something on the seat or whatever the case may be and you need to clean it with soap and water, you will need to reaply the scotchguard, but overall it's a very good product and easy to use!

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yeah i use scotch gard on my 06 an i work in construstion an the seats seem to be pretty decent to this day im happy with it
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-15-2011, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well the consensus seems to be that Scotchguard is a decent product so I think I'll go that route combined maybe with a seat cushion. I priced out some seat covers for the front bucket seats and they were around $150 but I really didn't like their looks. For some reason, they don't seem to make the covers with the original manufacturer's seat cloth material. The covers looked drab and cheap compared to the original material and the color shades were off. Appreciate the input guys!
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In the end I deceided to save a few bucks and go to Canadian Tire where I bought a can of Scotchguard and a stiched black leather seat cushion by AutoTrends. The seat cushion was only $17, looks sharp and offers some protection from spillage,wear and tear. It's also is a lot easier to take on and off than a full blown seat cover. Scotchguard apparently makes a product specifically for use on auto appolstery. I don't know what the difference is between this product and the regular Scotchguard fabric protector, if any?
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You might want to cover parts of your interior with plastic, where you don't want the spray. When I did my sofa, I put some cardboard on the laminate floor around it, but some overspray did get on the floor, and it was quite slippery. It seemed to clean up okay with some Windex and a paper towel. The fumes are nasty until it airs-out.

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