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Fellow Corvetteers,

I had read on this forum sometime ago a warning not to let suntan lotion contact the interior. However, my knee touches the door, near the exit button when I drive. Sure enough, after a particularly sweaty run, I managed to get suntan lotion on the trim. The top layer is now peeling off in big flakes. What can be done? Is the aftermarket stuff better / more resistant to the standard vicissitudes of daily life?

The long version: It was a glorious day in the neighborhood. So, my wife and I headed down to the cliffs overlooking the beach for a run. Cruising down PCH, we pull up next to a brand new, no plates, red Ferrari drop top. At the light, he puts down the top. Quite a show! A whirring, mad dash of folding accompanies a veritable ballet of hinges, joints, and disappearing fabric. We roar off towards the next stop light, neither of us racing. We’re just enjoying the melodious revs of the engine, the sudden lunge of acceleration, and masses of traffic distant in the rear view mirror. Soon enough, we reach the beach, and our turn off.

After a 53-minute 6 miler (not bad after a 1-mile swim and 28 mile bike ride = triathlon training), we’re feeling a bit warm, and decide to stow the removable top in the trunk. Did the directions warn against having a passenger in the car? Well, I can tell you why. My wife endures a tremendous thump, as the roof accidentally dips into the passenger compartment. Only slightly mollified by mass apologies and kisses on the quickly emerging bump, we pull back onto PCH for the ride home. Sure enough another ‘vert with the top down pulls alongside at a light. This one’s an S2000, and this time we have room to run. Here, I’m shifting exactly at 5 krpm. The S2000, which sounds like an over-revved lawnmower under acceleration, is quickly a distant blip in the rear view mirror. “Congratulations,” my wife says sarcastically, “you blew away a Honda.” I try to explain the S2000 is actually one of the cool ones, but nevermind.

Anyway, a week goes by. We’re pulling out of a shopping mall (the other major sport in the OC), and I notice that some dumb-ass has likely deliberately spewed coke on the hood of my baby. Even worse, I get inside to discover the aforementioned interior peeling. I rush home to break out the zaino. The hood looks fine thanks.

Is there an equivalent treatment for the interior? Do I need to replace that piece? Just live with it? What would you do?
 

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“Congratulations,” my wife says sarcastically, “you blew away a Honda.” I try to explain the S2000 is actually one of the cool ones, but nevermind.
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Just a suggestion, you might want to consider getting the leather door handle wraps that Mid-America sells, if that's the part your knee is making contact with.
 

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Can you not get it replaced under warranty?
 

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Good idea, Blk Cats. I'll look into replacing the section with some sort of leather wrap or insert. As my chemist friend noted -- leather is a more highly cross-linked material. Certainly, it's more robust.

Yes, The Bad, I probably could get it replaced under warranty. However, I anticipate this problem happening, and would like to lock into a long-term solution.

Thanks for the replies. Glad you liked the post, raidmagic.

Atticus Alan
 

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I understand. I would get it replaced under warranty, then protect the new one.:thumbsup:
 

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I'd get it fixed and wear jeans from now on. That, or redo your interior in terry cloth.:laughing:
 

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I received my leather door handle wraps from Mid America yesterday. Haven't installed them yet but they look really nice and smell good too. Very reasonably priced. I also ordered one of their console lid cushion covers. Both match my ebony leather interior perfectly. Speed Lingerie makes some door handle wraps too but I'm not sure if they're leather. They were also almost twice the price. I figured my handles would start showing signs of similar wear and this is cheap protection that actually looks good.
 

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Even if you are able to cover it up, I think you should insist on a replacement under warrantee - two reasons:

1. Better put the cover / protecting piece over a mint section than use it to hide a blemish that would cost $$ to replace in the future.
2. GM needs to know when this crap happens so they can switch to materials that are more daily driver friendly

Oh, and a third reason ... maybe they already found out about this and switched materials.???

Good Luck
 
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