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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-23-2005, 04:59 PM
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What to do about a cab full of mold?

I have an 86 Bronco with a major problem. Last summer the cab leaked and water got in. I did not know about it for a few weeks. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wall.gif[/img] By that time the cab was full of mold. I do mean full. Everything in the cab looks like it has a fuzzy coat.

I sprayed a huge can of Lysol in there and kept it shut up. The fuzz is not as big as it was, but everything is still covered in what I guess are spores.

I am trying to find recommendations on what I should do. I bought it a few years ago for $1800 (so there is a lot of bondo, leaks, dents, smells, noises and etc) but since then I have replaced all the steering components, distributer, carb, emission control devices (with vacuum plugs shhhh!), exhaust, tires, u-joints, and a few other parts. So I have quite a bit extra in it. So should I:

1) Scrap it

2) Rip out the entire interior and start over

3) Not worry about what is growing in there now

4) Or something else

Also disposable funds are scarce now with a 6 month old.

Any suggestions will be very helpful and thanks for your time.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-23-2005, 06:52 PM
 
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keeping it shut up I think is bad to do let it air out in the sone a sweeper the chit out of it. the a bottle of Febreeze. I have a similar problem I have been patching (plugging) the holes one by one with silicone. After I feel satified that I got all of them- I plan on scrapping the carpeting- undercoating the whole interior- then put some rubber matting in and leave it. My ride is a DD also so i'd like it to be half decent to ride in but doesn't have to be immaculate. I don't plan on spending more than $100 give or take in the next few months as far as the seats I would just scrub them that's what I plan on doing- I have a '90 that is just dying to rust out but- I do alittle at a time to keep her looking sharp.-Bob
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They make food grade hydrogen peroxcide that comes in 100% strenghth(you dilute it 2 parts to 1 part water if i recall) and you spray this crap on mold and its disolves it! don't get any on your skin!! Seems to be the best thing for mold. Friends had a mold problem in there house and used it a few years back and it was awesome how well it worked!
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Re: What to do about a cab full of mold?

Maybe try steam cleaning and then air it out?
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Re: What to do about a cab full of mold?

Any idea where I can find food grade hydrogen peroxcide?
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I think you can get it at a food service suply type place. Alot of resteraunts dilute it and use it to clean tables off.
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Tear it out and Rhino line it. Yeah! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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Re: What to do about a cab full of mold?

That is one of my thoughts actually since the carpet has to account for a big part of the smell and mud washes off Rhino. That still leaves seats, belts, dash, steering wheel, and etc.
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Re: What to do about a cab full of mold?

If the carpet and padding has mold in it, it needs to be ripped out because it'll stink forever. If the mold is actually IN the seats I'm not sure what you could do there. Depending on whether they're fabric or vinyl I guess would determine whether you scrap them or wipe them down. Maybe if they're fabric you could pull them out, wash them in a soap/water mix. Then use a shop vacuum to get most of the water out and then try to dry them. I'm grasping at straws there.

As far as the surfaces, I use Simple Green for cleaning up around the house and it works well on the mold in the bathroom. Sounds to me like you just need to get any good cleaner, 409, Simple Green, hell even a squirt bottle with a mix of Dawn dishwashing soap and water and just spend the day wiping down the interior. I sure don't envy you there, sounds unpleasant.
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Re: What to do about a cab full of mold?

Profsioal mold abatement folks use 35% solution of hydrogen peroxcide. It kills the mold. Also Ford has/had a mold elimantion product for moldy A/c evaporators and plenums. Is realy nasty stuff read the warning label if use use this product. It worked very well.
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