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I'm thinking about using ScotchGard to protect the interior. Any thoughts or opinions?
I was considering same ScotchGard option for the cloth on the door handles, headliner, and center armrest (EX). The exposed interior door handles especially bug me, as they're exposed to rain when I open the door in bad weather. I have seat covers for the front (non-OEM) and rear (Civic OEM) which fit really well, so I don't plan to protect the seat cloth.

The potential alternatives I considered were replacing the door handle and armrest with leather OEM parts available for Touring, OR to wrap the door handles and center armrest with pleather kits available on ebay. I ruled out the replacement option because I generally like cloth better, and ruled out the wrap kits because of the taping and potential residue.
 

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I'm thinking about using ScotchGard to protect the interior. Any thoughts or opinions?
I actually bought a can of scotchguard auto and decided to return it after reading about the chemicals on the can. I don't want to be breathing that stuff in, such a confined space, even after airing out the car. I don't allow anyone to drink/eat in my car and I vacuum every other week.
 

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Finding a good automotive detailer to get your vehicle cleaned and looked after is a good alternative. Often they have products that work better and not as easy to find for regular consumers
 

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I just applied it. I'm happy with the results. The arm rests now shed water. I am assuming they will now shed body sweat and other dirt. Time will tell. Wish I read Andrew28's warning before breathing that stuff :).
 

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I have a can of Scotchguard and have been debating on spraying it on the cloth in my EX. I definitely want to protect the fabric, but the chemicals concern me as well. I bought a cheap set of car seats from the local Lidl grocery store for $20 a few weeks ago. Maybe I'll see how they look this weekend.
 

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My big issue with seat covers is the air bags in the seat. Or else I'd join that bandwagon.
 

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My big issue with seat covers is the air bags in the seat. Or else I'd join that bandwagon.
Good quality seat covers (and some cheap ones) supposedly account for airbags and are designed to open up when an airbag deploys. Good quality seat covers are next on my purchase list for my Insight, so I need to search this forum for recommendations.

Also, I scotchguarded the center arm rest and each door arm rest. Figured it would be a good compromise to the downsides of using scotchguard.
 
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