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Ash Tray Cleaning


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Randy - what are you working on?   The ashtray's I'm used to have the cushioned cover/frame bent around the "tray".  Try removing the front then soak the tray in your favorite cleaning solution - some say baking soda and water works well then use a toothbrush to get in the corners.


I believe Eastwood sells a good silver paint for ashtrays.

Jim Gerock

Ruby Red 73tii built 5/30/73 "Celeste"

Riviera 69 2002 built 5/30/69 "Oscar"

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Just how early is your car?  My Feb '69 production 2002 has the padded vinyl/chrome rim faces on the back seat ashtrays, and a friend's '68 has the same setup.  Not sure I've ever seen an all plastic rear seat ashtray.  Do you have a picture you can post?



'69 Nevada sunroof-Wolfgang-bought new
'73 Sahara sunroof-Ludwig-since '78
'91 Brillantrot 318is sunroof-Georg Friederich 
Fiat Topolini (Benito & Luigi), Renault 4CVs (Anatole, Lucky Pierre, Brigette) & Kermit, the Bugeye Sprite

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What are we referring to as the "ashtrays"? All of the actual ash receptacles, from '66 through the end of production, are metal (first photo below).

But as John mentioned above, the '74 to '76 cars moved from the chrome-and-vinyl faceplate to a plastic faceplate. The second photo below is from one of the two U.S. '75-'76 brochures. (The rear seat backrest shown, however, is of the '74 style, which must have been necessitated by the early date of the brochure's photography; the brochure was published August '74.)

Lastly is a photo of one of my rear ashtrays in closed position (April '76 manufacture).

With all of this said, I might be tempted to place a filthy plastic-faced ashtray in the dishwasher. Top rack, of course. If it self-destructs, there are plenty of cheap replacements out there, many with little or no use.





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1976 2002 Polaris, 2742541 (original owner)

1973 2002tii Inka, 2762757 (not-the-original owner)

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I was able to mix a solution of baking soda and proxide and fill a bowl to a depth just below where the plastic (vinyl)

material would not be submerged.  This solution is doing a good job of cleaning the gunk from the old cigarettes.


Jim,  I am working on a car that Jeffrey & Mike helped me import from the Netherlands.  Hope to have it ready for

Mid America.

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