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20+ years Jaguar rubber mats

katar83
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20+ years Jaguar rubber mats

Postby katar83 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:52 pm

For the past week I've been cleaning interior of my car and finally got to the last bit which are original Jaguar rubber utility mats. After proper clean which took at least two hours, they are now clean but rubber is gray-ish at best, bordering white in few places :shock:

How do I get them black again? I know there is a lot of different trim restorers for black exterior but mats are a bit different and these are usually only good for a few weeks :roll:
Maybe there is some sort of a paint for rubber that I could use? Anyone here with any experience with these?

By the way, each front mat was under running water for ~30 minutes and sand was still dropping off the little carpet bit in the middle! :lol:

Also, have to give some credit to Jaguar here. X300 main carpet(one piece for the whole car) is of a great quality. I was pretty sure it was faaar to gone with even oily stains here and there but after hours of scrubbing it, my 'champagne' carpet looks great again, pretty much unmarked 8-)
1997, 4.0 LWB X300 - Unlucky car but still a daily driver.
1988, 3.6S XJS - Never ending restoration project.
1994, 3.2S X300 - Accident damaged, October 2015. Gone!
1994, 3.2S XJ40 - Long gone.

Jaguarxj40
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Re: 20+ years Jaguar rubber mats

Postby Jaguarxj40 » Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:09 pm

Nice work Katar83 ;) .

It's a great feeling when attention to detail pays off.

Would be good to see some pictures.

I've not seen Jaguar rubber mats, initially I thought that you were talking about the heal part under the pedals :?:

I have used lots of plastic and rubber treatments over the years to varying degrees of success but not sure about rubber foot mats. Some of the treatments have silicon in them and would make for a slippery coating.

Years ago before detailing really got going you used to be able to by tyre paint to make them look new, not even sure if you can still get it. When I was young a long time ago :lol: I had a Fiat 127 1972 vintage and it had no carpets, only rubber flooring and I painted this with tyre paint and it looked good and lasted well.

Good luck with your quest.

Gary.
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1996 BMW Z3
1990 Jaguar XJ40 4.0

Previous,in this order.
1986 BMW M535i
1985 BMW 525e
1972 Vauxhall victor FE2300
1966 Ford cortina estate
1961 Renault dauphine Gordini
1978 Range Rover
1976 LR 101 forward control
1968 S2 lightweight Land Rover
1975 Range Rover
1973 Range Rover
1972 series 3 Land Rover SWB

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Re: 20+ years Jaguar rubber mats

Postby Elsa_jag » Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:06 pm

Boot polish works well.

Other than that, they do sell spray paint for rubber, may take a bit of finding though.
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katar83
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Re: 20+ years Jaguar rubber mats

Postby katar83 » Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:42 pm

I thought about using shoe polish but then it has all these petroleum chemicals so the whole thing would eventually dry out and even possibly crack so although it would work well I'd use this as a last option.

I found a better option for it though, few pics:

This is how they looked like AFTER cleaning:

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After first coat:
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Drying/curing
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And how they look now:
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TBH, pics don't even show how good they look now, I could pick up a brand new set from JCP and I suspect I'd find it hard to recognize which one is new 8-)

So what did I use?

This little gem:

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~£5, lots to pick from. Dye in this works really well with rubber, after it dried it feels permanent, doesn't stain and its not slippery at all, rubber feels like new 8-)

I'm chuffed to bits with this, can was enough to do all 4 mats :D
1997, 4.0 LWB X300 - Unlucky car but still a daily driver.
1988, 3.6S XJS - Never ending restoration project.
1994, 3.2S X300 - Accident damaged, October 2015. Gone!
1994, 3.2S XJ40 - Long gone.

Jaguarxj40
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Re: 20+ years Jaguar rubber mats

Postby Jaguarxj40 » Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:33 pm

WOW, what a result.

Never seen mats like this before for the Jag, they look stunning and a excellent result. Nice detail.

Never seen that product that you have used before, need to get a can of that and experiment on some items plus could be a good addition to my other products I have on the shelf for those little detailing jobs :D

Gary.
Current
1996 BMW Z3
1990 Jaguar XJ40 4.0

Previous,in this order.
1986 BMW M535i
1985 BMW 525e
1972 Vauxhall victor FE2300
1966 Ford cortina estate
1961 Renault dauphine Gordini
1978 Range Rover
1976 LR 101 forward control
1968 S2 lightweight Land Rover
1975 Range Rover
1973 Range Rover
1972 series 3 Land Rover SWB

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Re: 20+ years Jaguar rubber mats

Postby pugboyracer » Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:23 pm

Great little bit of advice here!
1996 XJR6

katar83
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Re: 20+ years Jaguar rubber mats

Postby katar83 » Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:55 am

Jaguarxj40 wrote:WOW, what a result.

Never seen mats like this before for the Jag, they look stunning and a excellent result. Nice detail.

Never seen that product that you have used before, need to get a can of that and experiment on some items plus could be a good addition to my other products I have on the shelf for those little detailing jobs :D

Gary.


Jaguar made rubber mats for XJ40 too, I bet Naki has a pic somewhere :D They have a Jaguar leaper logo impressed on the rubber too. They are very useful, especially in autumn/winter.

FYI, I did a ~1000 miles around North Wales and Snowdonia last week with plenty of people in the car in and out and the mats still look great and as black as in the pics(after two weeks now) so it seems this really works well 8-) I'll try to update in a month or two again.

PS

Actually, there are some sets on eBay right now

eg eBay item number:232885062231

:)
1997, 4.0 LWB X300 - Unlucky car but still a daily driver.
1988, 3.6S XJS - Never ending restoration project.
1994, 3.2S X300 - Accident damaged, October 2015. Gone!
1994, 3.2S XJ40 - Long gone.

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Re: 20+ years Jaguar rubber mats

Postby Dazstap » Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:45 pm

Thank you for this tip! Handy as I bought the ones on eBay and managed to find a set find the rear as well!
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