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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 3:20 pm    Post subject: Green stripes on my roof Reply with quote

With some nice weather here in the PNW, I decided to wash my van and get some of the muck of winter and lockdown lethargy off. I took off the roof rack, ladder and awning, and wow, those are some ugly green stripes that grew in amongst the accessories! A couple of baths with conventional car wash stuff has done very little.

What is the best way to remove the green gunk? Anything that might seem like a good idea that should definitely be avoided?

My van is scruffy enough with patina that Iím not too concerned about getting it to look super sharp. Wonít happen. At the same time, it still has enough paint that it kinda cleans up nice.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Green stripes on my roof Reply with quote

I would try simple green.

We make a "magic elixir" at work.

1/2 Chlorine, 1/2 Simple Green ........ the instant clean is nothing short of fascinating!

Who knows what toxins we are mixing but it works!

Old faded wood looks like new, almost instantly
Mold and mildew vanish on contact,
Black water stains on gutters gone!

It hasn't killed us yet.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Green stripes on my roof Reply with quote

Dave: Do you mean chlorine bleach or just "chlorine"?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Green stripes on my roof Reply with quote

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If you have access to a home pressure-/power-washer, it can do wonders for badly neglected Westfalia roofs, without the need for harsh or toxic chemicals.

Here's some more info on cleaning and caring for the Westy roof:
https://campwestfalia.com/westfalia-pop-up-roof-refurbishment/
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Green stripes on my roof Reply with quote

I should reiterate, my van is a Tintop, so no fiberglass. Otherwise I suppose our nautical friends would be the best resource. I just donít want to end up with bare metal . .
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Green stripes on my roof Reply with quote

vegpedlr wrote:
I should reiterate, my van is a Tintop, so no fiberglass. Otherwise I suppose our nautical friends would be the best resource. I just donít want to end up with bare metal . .


Well if your tin top looks like Jeffrey's fiberglass top, first thing I'd say is...don't turn your back on it, that's just the opportunity it's looking for! Laughing Never works out well for the dudes in the spaceship...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Green stripes on my roof Reply with quote

Howesight wrote:
Dave: Do you mean chlorine bleach or just "chlorine"?


We have pools and buy 1,000ís of gallons of liquid chlorine, but bleach works too.

Liquid chlorine is for the most part a stronger dilution of bleach.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:04 am    Post subject: Re: Green stripes on my roof Reply with quote

Liquid chlorine? I need a video of that...

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:53 am    Post subject: Re: Green stripes on my roof Reply with quote

OP: don't be too hasty...fully embrace the look and it may reduce your carbon footprint...

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Green stripes on my roof Reply with quote

dhaavers wrote:
OP: don't be too hasty...fully embrace the look and it may reduce your carbon footprint...

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Green stripes on my roof Reply with quote

use a cleaner made to get rid of moss & algae

use that with hot hot hot water in a power-washer, not too close tho
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