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Still suffering with a smoke smell whenever the car is left with the roof up and doors closed. Tonight I took out the headlining (a 30 second job as it turns out) and gave it a good clean on the side normally not visible. There is a section of sound deadning material stuck to it, so that got a good clean and soaking with interior shampoo and the inside of the roof that is normally hidden by the lining. Leaving the lining out in the sun tomorrow to fully dry it out in this (probably all too brief) UK heatwave.

Just hoping this sorts it out: I noticed recently that the boot had a smell when we left the roof down (and usually the boot smells more like a new car), so the only thing is the roof itself which of course ends up in the boot when the roof is down. Nothing worse than getting into a car that smells IMHO.

Note to self: Never, ever buy a car that has been smoked in again. :crying:
 

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There is still a smoke smell in the car this morning, even with the headlining removed. It is less than before though, so I'm making progress. I think it's partly the door cards too, though oddly the seats don't seem to smell (they've been cleaned about 6 times though, but so have the door cards). Not sure I feel like removing the cards to give them a clean behind and let them air outside a bit.

I don't like car fragrancies much either, so I'm not keen to smother it with another smell. You'd think leaving it with the roof down and driving about with it down too would help, but as soon as the roof goes up and the doors are shut, back it comes. :crying: I have a 3 year old C Class for work and that has no particular smell when I get in it, so I just wish the SLK could end up like that...
 

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Have you tried a deodoriser bomb? I believe they are available unscented.
Back at the beginning of this thread I used Chlorine dioxide treatment 'Airvidox' which did reduce the smell. After a second treatment I thought it was gone, but it came back once the smell of the Airvidox disappeared. I haven't found a 'bomb' that isn't unscented and got the impression that it would just be something that tries to 'mask' the smell rather than kill it. I'm really averse to strong smells of car air fresheners, so it's not something I wanted to try.

Hi there, can you tell me how you managed to remove swirls on a red car, did you engine compartment work out ok, thanks
A combination of Meguiars DA microfibre pads and compound, followed by a refining stage with Menzerna polish and various hex pads.

Get some Febreze and spray it on all appropriate surfaces.
I've tried Febreze, but it just masked the smell for a bit and it's not a smell I particularly like.

It is a bit better since I've cleaned the headlining and refitted it last night. I'd left the roof down all day in the hot sun too, which can only help. It's been closed up all night and does smell a bit better this morning.

I might have to look into removing the door cards at some point: Maybe airing them out of the car will help as well as cleaning the back and inside the door.
 

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Yes, that was one of many sites I came across when I first started searching. Other sites do basically say that you never will get rid of the smell, but I was optimistically thinking that as it wasn't too bad then I'd be OK. If I knew then what I know now, I think I'd have dismissed this car and looked at others instead, but we didn't notice the smell when we bought it due to the roof being down (to show us that it all worked OK of course; nothing to do with hidding the smell of smoke of course :rolleyes:)

I have to confess that years ago I smoked myself and did when I first got my RS2000. It's been in my garage for about 20 years now pending a very slow restoration, but the interior just smells of typical 70's Ford now...not of smoke.

Therefore I just need to stick the SLK in a garage for 20 years and it'll be fine. :grin:
 

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I've not had much success in getting rid of odours. Especially difficult with carpet/upholstery as it''s not just on the surface. It penetrates into the very heart of the object.

I've got a Victrola :nerd: that has a musty smell from being closed up for who-knows how many years. I've tried vinegar, baking soda, nothing works. It's solid wood so I wouldn't imagine much penetration yet the smell keeps on hangin' in there :frown:

Short of actually ripping out fabrics, padding, etc I can't offer any help.

Having said that, I did find this site which I rely on for tips so maybe . . . . .
 

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I found that one before as well. :grin:

I might try the charcoal idea out as I like that it absorbs the smell. Oddly the carpets don't smell of anything (even the bit directly behind the driver's seat); I've vacuumed them lots of times and used car shampoo on them, so perhaps that's why, plus the Airvidox treatment.

It seems that the harder surfaces such as the headlining and door cards smell, yet the softer ones like carpets and the seats don't, which seems counter-intuative to me. Leaving the top down as much as possible should help too as UV can help kill off the smell too apparently. It's definately improving though and at least during this nice weather the top will be down anyway.
 

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Something I found quite effective on a musty smelling flying jacket was tumble drier sheets. Just rubbed them over the wooly side of the sheepskin and then stuffed a few in the pockets and sleeves, leaving it outside in the fresh air as much as I could for about a week.
 
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