How to clean and detail the seatbelts in your classic car

To clean and repair our Corvette’s carpet, we really needed to remove the seatbelts to do it right.

[How to clean and repair the carpeting in your car]

Upon removing the seatbelts, we saw that they could be better. They were filthy and really needed a repaint.

How we like to clean seatbelts: Spray the webbing with household cleaner, brush to agitate, rinse with some clean water, and then blow it dry with compressed air. (Tip: Do this on the workbench.)

We sanded down the buckle, masked it carefully, and primed and painted it, again with the correct Bright Blue paint.

We then cleaned up the hardware and reinstalled everything. Final result? We’re thrilled with the repair.

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/23/24 11:26 a.m.

And in case anyone is looking for more detailing advice, we have a whole playlist of detailing content on our YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLt03Os2-lDK1MGhLKammV2igGoDas79sV

lasttr
lasttr Reader
5/25/24 3:18 p.m.

Are there options for replacing worn seatbelt webbing when a complete replacement inertia belt assembly is not available? Decades ago I had an upholstery shop sew in new webbing but they seem reluctant to do that today.

SuperDave
SuperDave New Reader
5/26/24 1:29 p.m.

In reply to lasttr :

I've used these guys...

www.safetyrestore.com.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
5/27/24 9:00 a.m.

I've had good luck cleaning old seat belts by putting some clothes washing detergent in a bucket of warm water, letting the belts soak a bit, then scrub with a nail brush, rinse and let dry in the sun.

As for replacing the webbing, try Ssnake Oyl https://www.ssnake-oyl.com Juliano's https://www.julianos.com  Both companies also sell reproduction seat belts.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/30/24 11:41 a.m.

Many, many years ago, I autocrossed one of my cars in the rain.

Afterward, I had a brown diagonal stripe across my chest.

Lesson learned about seat belts and their care. 

bastet111
bastet111 New Reader
5/30/24 5:20 p.m.

Oh nice. I usually clean and wash my car quite often. As I live in Vancouver and here kinda often not a good weather I try to do the whole cleaning like every three weeks thx God because already a summer. In winter I did it like every week because of salt which can corrode a paint. Found this good https://gleamworksdetailing.ca/how-often-should-you-wash-your-car-in-vancouver/ washing service  and thinking about to try may be give them my car to wash inside and outside. Have someone ever heard about them?

wspohn
wspohn UltraDork
5/31/24 10:17 a.m.

I have removed and cleaned several belts in my older cars.  The ones that were oddest was the Jensen CV8 which had belts back in the mid 60s, but of an odd sort - diagonal only, no lap belt.  I always wondered if they were intended to aid the emergency crew to find the bodies rather than to save the occupants from injury.  The most painful belts to restore are the ones with auto retractors!

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