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The cleaning of a racing car protective cover

At RAVE FabriCARE, we receive many unusual items to clean and restore.

For example, in May of this year, we cleaned and restored a tonneau cover that belonged to a vintage 1952 Jaguar XK-120 that had just completed the 21st Annual California Mille in mostly rainy conditions. The California Mille is an annual, 4 day, 1000 mile vintage car rally through the scenic back roads of Northern California.

So it was not unexpected when we received (an approximately) 300 square foot racing car cover from the Go Daddy Racing Team. After all, Danica Patrick, IndyCar Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series auto racing driver, is a Phoenix resident; the Go Daddy Technology Park is located within a 5 minute walk from our facility; and Bob Parsons, the founder and driving force behind Go Daddy, is a valued and long time client of RAVE FabriCARE.

Go Daddy Car 1 Go Daddy Car 2
Go Daddy car cover
Go Daddy Danica Patrick

 

When the cover came in, it exhibited the normal stains one would associate with a car cover -- oil, grease and sandy dust; most of the lettering and logos that are superimposed on the black fabric surface were particularly dirty; and there was some dye bleeding of the black as evidenced by a slight purple hue on some of the lettering and logos.

Clearly, the cover presented a number of problems.

First, every square inch of every letter and logo had to be individually hand cleaned. Then the entire cover had to be cleaned of all the sandy dust. Finally , the entire cover had to be pressed. A daunting task, given the fact that the cover was approximately 300 square foot  in size.

Needless to say, the cover cleaned up beautifully.

Here are some photos of the cover hanging in our facility after cleaning but before pressing.

Go Daddy 439 Go Daddy 444
Go Daddy 440
Go Daddy 438 Go Daddy 441
Go Daddy 432 Go Daddy 436
Go Daddy 430 Go Daddy 433

 

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