Stiff seat belts on the Aquamist car

Discussion in 'Interior City' started by buick64203, Sep 2, 2019.

  1. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

    The four seat belts in between the bucket seats on the Aquamist car were always, for lack of a better word, stiff. I finally got the motivation to do something about them.

    Took them out of the car and put them in a bucket of hot water and laundry detergent. The water almost immediately turned brown. After a 1/2 hour the water was nearly black! I agitated them periodically, I took them out, scrubbed them and hoses them off. What a difference! The date code and certification labels were brown. They're now white! And the belts are supple soft now. They honestly look brand new now. Amazing!
     
  2. Donuts & Peelouts

    Donuts & Peelouts Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    Good fix. I hate those crunchy stiff belts too
     
  3. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

    And the best part is they smell like fresh laundry now!
     
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  4. sriley531

    sriley531 Buckle up, this could get rough....

    Attaboy Jason, you treat my future car right..... :D
     
  5. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

    All you need is a trailer and a manila envelope :D
     
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  6. bostoncat68

    bostoncat68 Platinum Level Contributor

    I did the same with my Wildcat backseat belts a few weeks ago @buick64203 Used Simple Green that turned simply black...yikes... I must have soaked and scrubbed them 4 times before the water was just cloudy. Clearly they had spent most of their life under the seat, not on it...
     
  7. gnatsum

    gnatsum Well-Known Member

    Now I want to do this with my belts! Thanks for the info :)
     
  8. Hawken

    Hawken Hawken

    Jason, I have read that.... pressure washing old seatbelts works really well. Not the really high pressure like 3500 PSI, rather around 2000 to 2500 PSI.
    I have also had good results with simple green, but it takes longer.
     
  9. Tomsriv

    Tomsriv Well-Known Member

    Just curious if 50 year old seatbelts still work properly? Might be time to buy some reproductions? I'm guilty of this too, mine are original as well. I had a pretty bad accident back in 1998. An incident with a curb in the fog at about 30mph. I fixed the car (new frame!) and replaced the belts because they say you stretch them out in an accident. But the replacements were from a junkyard, so same age parts (from a non-crashed car).
     

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