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Old 06-21-2018
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I have a cloudy haze on my black vinyl/leather on my center console that I originally thought was sunscreen lotion. I first tried a 10 to 1 solution on degreaser & soft scrub pad hoping it would come off but it actually spread it. Then I tried black shoe polish and it helped a little and then VLR which helped the most, but its still there. I'm starting to think it needs to be re-dyed instead of any substance needing to be taken off. Will Forever Black work on this or is there another path I should take. Any guidance is appreciated!
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My best guess is that possibly sunscreen damaged the finish, or likely it is physical wear and abrasion -- if it's an area at which you often rest your arm.

Though it's not generally used on interior surfaces, Back-to-Black Trim Restorer may help hide it a little and might be worth a try.

How many miles are on the vehicle and what's the year and model?
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The larger pic is turned sideways. The area is located where the driver's right knee would be on the center console. I'm a newb so I'm not even sure if this is leather or vinyl? Regardless will using Back to Black damage either of these surfaces if I use it since its not plastic?

9600 miles, 2016 Cadillac ATS V - Jet Black interior
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It's likely vinyl and I'd say it's wear. The scrub pad you used likely abraded it more. The VLR just helped hide it again. You would likely have to apply something periodically to continue to mask it. I'd leave it alone.
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Leave it alone is exactly what my wife says but I'm OCD with this car...lol

There's no product out there that will help dye this back to the normal?
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Old 06-22-2018
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Oh no the scratch looks deep.
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Yeah, I hit it with Kiwi shoe polish (wax) again and let it sit longer. Not too bad, gonna live with it....
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For Future reference- I remove suntan lotion from my Black leather seats with Dawn and water. Works really well.
I use a Mr Clean Magic Eraser sponge and it comes right out.
No heavy chemicals needed

Special thanks to my wife for the idea

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"Erasers" can abrade the finish of some surfaces, which is what happened here.
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