Removing Mold & Mildew on Paint & Headlights

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  1. DropTopPony

    DropTopPony Administrator Staff Member Admin SN95 Supporter

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    My car was sitting for alittle over a year and when i was washing it yesterday i noticed what i thought was sap to actually be mold :eek: It wasn't coming off with the regular super soft wash glove i use so i switched to a rougher one and that worked but there is still some in the cracks/crevices of the headlights etc...is there anything i can use to help me break this up without damaging my paint. I use a Bleach and Water mix on my house but i don't want to put that on my car.

    Suggestions detail guru's...
     
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    wow nobody has a tip for me :'(
    looks like more scrubbing for me this weekend.
     
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    What soap are you using? Maybe for the sake of removing mold using a dish washing liquid maybe needed. Just reapply wax to that area.
     
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    I use Meguires Gel Soap(super suds) but i was thinking of using dish soap since i'll be claying waxing etc this weekend.
     
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    Mix dish soap with your megiuires wash? Dilute some degreaser or osmething? I dunno
     
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    dilute some simple green with water like a 1:3 ratio and scrub with a wash cloth. should work, Ive seen it work on boats.
     
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    Hmmmm Simple Green, i use it all the time and in my engine bay and didn't think of using it for this.

    Thanks Angie O0
     
  8. scarface

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    ajax :) lol....compounding will remove it too.
     
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    My paint doesn't need compound :hammer:

    The mold is surface material and came off the flat spots with some effort but its in the cracks and crevices of the lights etc so i was hoping there was some time of chemical cleaner solution (other then bleach) that would brake it down and i could just blast it with water to remove but i guess not. I'll just use an old toothbrush to get into the areas my cleaning mit/glove can't get to.
     
  10. scarface

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    compound the cracks! gosh, some people are never happy...lol
     
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    np... hope it works!
     
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    I actually used Mr. Clean and water to clean my door jambs/hinges last weekend. No residue, and it cut through all of the crap. I figure there is mold in some showers...give it a shot, it didn't hurt my paint at all. 8)