I melted my car (with picture)! Help!

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  1. The Electric Me

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    Wow.
    That's too bad.
    Reading those warnings labels on the back really makes you wonder. Just how much toxic chemical is worth it...to get the smell of coconut?

    It's neither here nor there as far as what to do today, but I think if a product actually has a red slash warning symbol denoting dying fish, and a warning that it can be harmful to aquatic life...long term...
    I don't care how good it smells....I'm not putting that in my car.

    As far as damage done?
    I can't really tell from the pictures. Is this sticker or decal over the damage? Or would it be possible to use very light grade sandpaper and touch up paint to satisfaction?

    That's frustrating because it's the type of damage that most people getting into your car won't notice BUT you will know it's there.

    Best of luck in finding a "compromise" or better solution.
     
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    Those liquid scents are usually warned against in the owners manuals, as acidic if I recall correctly. (I must confess the last manual I read front to back was for a 2008 BMW). I hence forward try to avoid buying those liquid based air fresheners. Last one I think I got was Ozium to try to get rid of a stench of rotten milk....

    Yes, the ingredient in question may be in an orange peel, but at what concentration, most likely much less than in that bottle of fragrance. At least here in the USA the order of ingredients indicates the relative amount/concentration of that ingredient. So the first ingredient is the most, 2nd second most, 3rd third, and so on. I do believe in this case it was listed first? (I’m on my cell phone with little ability to check back on posts while I post).
     
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    Thank you so much! I was looking for "shifter applique", and only finding the left hand drive third-party clip on covers.

    Looks like it's going to be in the region of £40 to £50 to fix. That's one expensive air freshener! Ouch!
     
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    The shifter appliqué does not cover the raised ring around the shifter if i recall correctly.
     
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    For food products, yes. I'm not so sure any such law applies to products not meant not meant for human or animal consumption, though it does seem like a reasonable assumption.
     
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    " So I found this really pleasant smelling coconut air freshener, in a tiny little bottle, and it hangs on something ....."

    Who knew this would be the opening line in a Stephen King like novel of automotive interior horror?
     
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    Nice, this is some really nasty stuff. It's kinda the reason I never got the "Air Freshener" when I used to frequent the clear coat scratchin car wash!!!

    D-LIMONENE
    TYPES OF HAZARD/ EXPOSURE ACUTE HAZARDS/ SYMPTOMS PREVENTION
    INHALATION
    Ventilation.
    SKIN Redness. Pain. Protective gloves. Protective clothing.
    EYES Redness. Safety spectacles.
    INGESTION
    Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.
     
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    Ouch, that's a costly little item indeed indeed. I do commiserate, but perhaps a word in the Asda Manager's ear could encourage a contribution toward your costs. Better than adverse publicity or threat of a claim, but a call to your local trading standards might suggest best way forward. Anyway. I wish you good luck.

    I don't consider they're sitting on the fence with that warning!
     
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    Wow, I’m sorry this happened to you and your car. I’m looking at the red caution diamonds on the back of the package showing a dead tree and a dead fish. Hmmmm..

    Use only pure certified organic essential oils, especially in a confined environment like a hot vehicle cabin. DoTERRA from Salt Lake City Utah are the best.
     
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    Better yet, dab some of those pure certified organic essential oils onto an inconspicuous corner of some of your interior plastic, and see what they do to it. :)

    -Chap
     
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    In theory, shouldn't all the ingredients in this product be available in certified organic form?

    While I'd bet the several of them are synthetic for cost reasons in this particular formulation, every 'chemical' on that ingredient list is naturally available, and ought to be available in 'organic' versions. Especially the first one. And it will probably melt the Prius plastic just the same.
     
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    That's the point - something as seemingly innocuous as the oil from a citrus - no matter how pure, how certified, how organic (and how essential;)) - this stuff, at full strength, seems very non-innocuous.
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    Bear in mind - in an air-freshener, or as an ingredient for a detergent etc, it could maybe only a trace present.
     
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    Thanks for the heads-up. Sorry to read of your plight. I wouldn't have thought of that.
     
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    Yup found in nature, and we eat it, but doesn't make it non-reactive to everything else around it as the OP found out. :)
     
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    Citrus Banned? Can you elaborate?

    Posted via the PriusChat mobile app.
     
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    Refer posts #14, #15 and #17.
     
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    I have followed the thread. Do you fear your parents will take it away or? Who will be banning it? Were you being sarcastic? I guess I don't get it. Who's going to be doing the banning?

    Posted via the PriusChat mobile app.
     
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    We've been talking about the ingredients in the smelly thing which melted the dashboard. Which, on researching (if looking up GOOGLE can be called researching), shows it has quite serious side-effects on the human population - up to and including death.

    Then - it turns out that the same ingredient can be a natural product as well. In oranges and other citrus fruit. One suggestion was that it should be certified organic. Which - if it's growing in my yard, is unlikely to be certified organic.

    At which point I said "I hope they don't ban citrus".

    There are many seemingly innocuous foods which can cause problems - Urushiol in Mango can cause contact dermatitis - Limonene in Citrus Peel can also cause contact dermatitis - Phytohaemagglutinin in beans (not cooked properly) - can cause severe gastric problems ... et al.
     
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    So they offer the white one for around £50. There is a black "optional accessory" one that comes in at £120. The only difference is the colour. The guy from the parts department said that if he could find the registration code of a white or older car that comes with black as standard he could look for the black one, as "accessories" always cost way more.

    You wouldn't happen to know the part number of the "piano black", right hand drive, shift lever cover would you?
     
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