View Full Version : How To Apply Interior Dressings

Mike Phillips
Feb 8th, 2008, 10:43 AM
How To Apply Interior Dressings (http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21774)

Instead of spraying an interior spray dressing or cleaner directly onto the surface where overspray can be a problem, instead try this technique.

Take a clean microfiber polishing cloth, foam wax applicator pad, microfiber applicator pad or even a household terry cloth wash rag and fold it at least 4-ways, (more if it's really large), and then dampen one side of it by spraying your choice of dressing or cleaner onto the cloth or applicator pad.

Now take this dampened side of your applicator cloth or pad and use it to wipe down the appropriate surfaces in your car's interior always matching the correct product to the surface to be treated. By using this technique you have precise control over product placement and avoid getting overspray onto adjacent surfaces where you may not want a dressing or a cleaner.

Using Quik Interior Detailer to clean the dash on a 1975 Jimmy




Meguiar's Soft Foam Applicator Pad

Meguiar's Supreme Shine Microfiber Polishing Cloth

A clean, household wash rag

If you're using a foam or microfiber wax applicator pad, first bury the nozzle into the pad then inject some dressing or cleaner into the pad. Squeeze the trigger slowly and allow the liquid to penetrate into the foam. It won't take much to give you plenty to spread around. Add more as needed and keep a clean dry polishing cloth around to wipe off any excess from the surface.




Ick! Look at some of the dirt we're removing!
Time for an Interior Extreme Makeover!

Product selection is always important but just as important is the technique you use to apply the product.


(Excuse the engine grime under my fingernails, when I took these pictures I just finished removing a 4-speed transmission and a NP205 Transfercase out of the rig I'm sitting in, a 1975 GMC Jimmy. -thanks... mp)

G Force
Feb 9th, 2008, 03:08 AM
Thanks as from now i wont spray directly on surfaces to clean

J. A. Michaels
Feb 9th, 2008, 06:00 AM
Thanks for the tips Mike. I never sprayed onto the surface always on the applicator. I will now spray the product closer to the applicator. That just makes sense. Thanks again Mike.

Feb 9th, 2008, 04:38 PM
I just bought this product and haven't had time to use it yet - thanks
for the great information. I have had a hard time finding something to
work on the interior. The Honda Fit has a carbon fiber "appearance" on
the dash and doors so I don't want product getting into the dimples and

Cat :x Scottwax2

Feb 9th, 2008, 08:58 PM
I Initially cover my hand with a latex glove, follow that with a microfiber mit... then spray my mit with detailer... that way, I have essentially infinite control over where the detailer gets spread

Feb 10th, 2008, 07:03 AM
I sure appreciate these "technique posts".

May 7th, 2008, 07:11 AM
i spray my microfiber mit and i like the way it works

Aug 26th, 2008, 10:05 PM
o i c i wont spray into the surface anymore :D :D thx thx

Oct 21st, 2008, 02:03 PM
I haven't sprayed the products on the surface for some time but I really like the idea of getting the product into the pad.

Oct 21st, 2008, 05:05 PM
I havent tried this method and yeah i agree with you Cat the Carbon Fiber is hard to manvour around when just spraying, detailing a mates interior tonight and will instead spray onto the cloth...

what about when the product says: if you want a longer lasting effect leave on surface for a couple of mintues?

Oct 21st, 2008, 08:05 PM
I always let my dressing sit 5-10 minutes before buffing off.... no idea if it helps or not, but seems to give good results.

Oct 22nd, 2008, 07:31 PM
I always let my dressing sit 5-10 minutes before buffing off.... no idea if it helps or not, but seems to give good results.

so you do spray it on first then???

Oct 23rd, 2008, 02:05 AM
Spray the dressing onto your applicator first them apply. Much cleaner doing it this way as you don't end up spraying glass and panels you don't want to. Let it sit 10-15 mins. then buff off.

Oct 27th, 2008, 02:59 AM
Thanks i think i understand now...

Oct 27th, 2008, 07:49 AM
I just tried M40 with microfibre, wipe on - it clean the dash same time the product bonded to the surface and leave semi gloss surface.

Dec 1st, 2008, 11:38 AM
Can you use a Quik Detailer or Last Touch on interior of the car?

Dec 1st, 2008, 03:07 PM
Not really...

Ryan L.
Dec 1st, 2008, 04:21 PM
Not really...

Like Mat said, not really. I did it before on accident (I had QD in a IQD bottle) and it didn't do anything bad. But there would be no added benefit to using QD or Last Touch when you can use a product meant for what you need to get done.


Dec 1st, 2008, 09:37 PM
Looks like those gauges need to be polished out :confused: are they really that hazed over or is it just the pics :scratchhead1

Mike Phillips
Dec 2nd, 2008, 09:42 AM
Looks like those gauges need to be polished out :confused: are they really that hazed over or is it just the pics :scratchhead1

That's what happens to plastic in a convertible that's 34 years old (http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/648/Old1975Jimmy.jpg). I did take the dash apart and remove the plastic gauge cover and replace it with a new one.


Jun 26th, 2011, 05:31 PM
"bury the nozzle into the pad then inject some dressing or cleaner into the pad"
Great tip there.