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#139 of 255 Re: 2011 Seat Stains [tlrogers1]
Mar 20, 2011 (11:23 am)
Ok folks here it is. As many of you I had the dreaded seat stains due to water on my 2008 Ford Escape Recycled Material Seats. Seats looked brand new when I bought it. I looked long and hard for a solution. Washing, steaming, cleaning and nothing would get rid of the stains. I thought they were there for good. Then I discovered a solution. What I have used is baby oil gel. I found the dye used in the seats is a oil based dye. Obviously oil and water don't mix so you get water stains. I took a small brush and squirted the baby oil gel on it and worked it into the seats. This did take some time. Then I wiped any exess off with a towel. It has now been 3 weeks and my seats still appear brand new. Hope this helps any one out there that has had this dreaded issue of the water stains on recycled material seats.
#140 of 255 Re: 2011 Seat Stains [hotz78]
Mar 20, 2011 (3:38 pm)
thx for the tip! how did you find out about the oil based dye? during this winter, my reupholstered front seat got one of this white ringed stains. i thought, great, so much for getting the seats recovered. for the heck of it, one day when i was cleaning off the car from the latest storm, i rubbed some snow into the stain. when the snow dried, the stain was gone. evidently, the new upholstery is made w/something other than that oil based dye. i'm going to try getting the stains out of the back seat w/the baby oil gel (the back seats weren't replaced as the stains on them didn't "qualify".
#141 of 255 Re: 2011 Seat Stains [hotz78]
Apr 19, 2011 (1:16 pm)
Did you mean baby oil gel or baby oil gel wash? Baby oil gel is a moisturizer. I tried it and it left a big dark stain on the seat. Please tell us exactly what you used, the brand and everything. Just when I thought the seats couldn't get worse......
#142 of 255 Re: 2011 Seat Stains [mariposa7684]
May 14, 2011 (1:14 pm)
I have 08 Hybrid with same problem....I did not receive any notification from Ford about recall or TSB...checking my dealer now ...let you know how it turns out.
#143 of 255 Don't use baby oil gel!!!
May 14, 2011 (5:02 pm)
Terrible advice. Left a larger, more permanent stain. My seats are beige - or are supposed to be. Every time I brought this issue up with my dealer they blew me off with statements like, "our guy can get them clean, no problem" or "I'll ask and get back to you" and I never heard. Now my warranty is up and I never dreamed it was this serious and unsolvable. Someone please post a REAL solution! Thanks,
#144 of 255 Re: 2011 Seat Stains [hotz78]
May 14, 2011 (5:09 pm)
What color are your seats and exactly what product did you use? I tried baby oil gel and it left a deep dark stain. Looks worse than before. I've asked this question twice now. Don't post bad info.
#145 of 255 Re: 2008 Ford Escape Seat Fabric [tlrogers1]
May 15, 2011 (1:48 pm)
Agreed... Ford does not care. I tried to reach by phone and by writing letters anyone who might step up and try to offer some level of customer service. I even wrote the VP of Customer Satisfaction of Ford in Detroit, including with my letter printed copies from this forum. Not only did they not doing anything, they didn't even respond.
Will NEVER buy another Ford and have already convinced many not to do ever again either.
#146 of 255 Re: 2008 Ford Escape Seat Fabric [keytexas]
May 15, 2011 (1:58 pm)
I called ford and emails, no replies. Then I went to the dealer and they replaced the covers, plus they gave me a loaner car.
#147 of 255 Re: 2011 Seat Stains [escapeartist2]
May 15, 2011 (3:12 pm)
I am sorry...just found these emails in my junk box. My seats on our Escape were Black with Maroon in the center (the part you sit on). What I used was called a baby oil gel equate brand. It did change the color of my seats just a tad but I ended up doing the hole entire portion that was stained and it was unnoticible at all. My stains were on the seat bottom on both front seats and the back rest on the back seat. Like I said I did the entire portion of each part that had the stains and they looked brand new when we traded it in. No evidance what so ever. Not sure how it will turn out on your color but good luck.
#148 of 255 Re: 2008 Ford Escape Seat Fabric [joe19403]
May 15, 2011 (4:04 pm)
What were the replacement covers made of and what dealer in Texas helped you?
Ford has done nothing for me on this problem, too. I'm at a standstill.