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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 8:33 pm    Post subject: Removing interior roof mold... Sanitized For Your Protection Reply with quote

This was one nasty job I've been waiting as long as possible to do.
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After alot of bleach and my head now spinning.... (I don't know if you can get high off of bleach but damn, it sure felt like it) This is what my baby's top looks like now:
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks really good, how long to do the job? 50/50 bleach and h20? I gotta do this job as well. It is remarkable how similar your "before" looks exactly like my "current" Wink

Seriously, did you get a bad headache from the bleach fumes?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did the same job about two weeks ago. I was a skeptic and thought it would be a waste of time. Boy, was I wrong. In a hand pump spray bottle, generic household cleaner type. I used 1 part bleach to 3 parts water. I feel I could have diluted the bleach even more. The mold/mildew stains practically disappeared in front of my eyes. I did scrub the surface with a wash cloth that I kept rinsing in a bucket of fresh water. It took over a week for the stron bleach smell to dissapate. Dang, I should taken pics.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am amazed that the fuzzy stuff does not come off. Even my Cali Westy has some staining. Not that bad, but I too, should wash it off. Some year, I guess.....
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, The whole job took around 2 hours. MAKE SURE YOU WEAR SAFTEY GOGGLES! Nothing hurts like bleach in the eye. Evil or Very Mad Won't be a mistake I repeat anytime soon. A full face shield is best. But the bleach does do an amazing job. As buspor says, it literally dissapears in front of your eyes. But he's also right that it doesn't need to be a third of the bottle. I used a dollar store spray bottle with well over 3/4 water and around 4 cap fulls of bleach. And yes, at the end of the night, after the two beers, I had a pretty good headache. And it definately wasn't from the beers. Rolling Eyes But it was worth it. I didn't really want to be breathing in mould spores while I slept. Oh and a toothbrush is mandatory for getting all the crap out of the small metal tracks they use to hold the canvas to the body. Mine were gross. Also, While you're up there make sure you clean your shelf where the light is, and with all the bleachy rags you'll have from wiping the top down because it drips like crazy.(btw make sure you cover all the upholstery, carpets, and remove all bedding and cushions before you start.) But it is totally worth the pain and the headache. And don't be like me, CHANGE THE POP TOP SEALS BEFORE you clean the mould. I had to do this twice.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2006 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished sanitizing for my protection this evening. The procedure works very well. No bleach in the peeps either...... Thanks fellas...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:58 am    Post subject: another pre-mix product that works to desolve Reply with quote

just for the archives

Zep® Commercial Mildew Stain Remover
http://www.zepcommercial.com/pages/helppages/bathroomhelp.html
from Home depot

Just like they say spray on a pannel wait 5mins rinse with fresh water
mold desolves b4 your eyes

there also from home dump
Concrobium Mold Control
http://www.concrobium.com/US/home.html

leaves an anti mold film on the fuzz well I gotta wait for another pnw winter season to see how that realy lives up
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:42 am    Post subject: And now you know... Reply with quote

And now you know...

Why so many Germans...

ARE BLONDE!

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I think a lot is also explained about Draco and Lucius Malfoy. Congratulations on your triumphs.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy crap. I just put on the respirator and sprayed Tilex all over the mold inside my poptop ceiling. After a half hour it looks brand new.
Unbe-freaking-lievable results.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. Vapor mask - mandatory with bleach.

2. Next time try Borax. Works just as good without the noxious fumes.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

now that you have killed the existing mold, spray a mold inhibitor all over the surface

and keep it dry and ventilated (do not store stuff between the shelf and top)
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Merian wrote:
now that you have killed the existing mold, spray a mold inhibitor all over the surface

and keep it dry and ventilated (do not store stuff between the shelf and top)



Ummmm... make sure you read the MSDS on your fungicide of choice before you decide to sleep with it in your Westy Shocked .
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really?

Borax?

Who Knew??!!??

http://blacktoxicmolds.com/borax-kill-mold.php

I just remenber getting a 20 mule team Borax figure set as a kid........ Never thought of actually cleaning things with it! Embarassed

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ThankYouJerry wrote:
Merian wrote:
now that you have killed the existing mold, spray a mold inhibitor all over the surface

and keep it dry and ventilated (do not store stuff between the shelf and top)



Ummmm... make sure you read the MSDS on your fungicide of choice before you decide to sleep with it in your Westy Shocked .



while always good advice, I said mold inhibitor not fungicide - and there are some that are quite safe



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 4:34 pm    Post subject: Chemical free? Reply with quote

Trying a borax/vinegar/water solution as an inhibitor now that the bleach has done the heavy lifting.

But seriously, the link above about borax? It takes you to a page that says borax is "chemical-free." Borax is a chemical — sodium tetraborate, as it says on the box. This phobia about "chemicals" grates sometimes.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI....

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A related thread.....

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=225222
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:43 pm    Post subject: Clearance between bedding and pop top? Reply with quote

Wondering about mold and mildew prompted by the discovery that my poptop is scuffed from where it has hit the hinge on the upper berth. It apparently hasn't always been pushed back properly. It doesn't go back very far, I notice. And there isn't a lot of space between the folding section and the roof. How much should there be?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Removing interior roof mold .... Sanitized For Your Protecti Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

The fuzzy liner on my 77 campmobile pop top is pretty clean... but it falls off if touched. Anyone know if wetting or cleaning it will stop this from happening? The particles are pretty nasty to inhale when the become airborn. Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Merian wrote:
now that you have killed the existing mold, spray a mold inhibitor all over the surface

and keep it dry and ventilated (do not store stuff between the shelf and top)


FYI

I have an 85 that had not a spot of mildew. I recently made Reflectix insulation for the pop top and windows and stored them on top of the top mattress. Popped the top today and found tons of mildew. Ew! Insulation will now get stored in the garage.
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