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my wagon is back! MAJOR moldy pics inside


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#1 subaru_styles

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 04:53 PM

well i got my wagon towed to day....as some of you know the interior of my car was sweaty and growing its own mold forest...it's on everything let me tell ya the pictures do not do it justice..and it is very wet inside since its been "sweating" the past months.

i picked up a vapor mask and some golves and dove into it. so so far i removed all the trash/objects from the car. i pulled out the seats..ive tore up all the carpeting too..it's all going in the trash. tom. going to chuck the seatbelts and some other random pieces as well. Scrubing everything down with bleach..hopefully this will be able to get rid of it all. as mold can be very dangerous to a person..here's a couple pics...if anyone has any suggestions regarding cleanup i wouldn't mind hearing them..my steps are:throw everything out, scub down with bleach, air out, rebuild

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#2 TheSubaruJunkie

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 04:55 PM

OMG WHAT HAPPEND!?!?!

and you said you had it towed back... so its STILL not running???

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 04:58 PM

heh, i like that lone air freshner. nice touch.

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 05:43 PM

heh, i like that lone air freshner. nice touch.


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Mine had one when I got it, maybe subconsciously why I bought it.

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 05:53 PM

I'm not a respected mycologist, nor do I play one on TV, but...

I don't think that most molds indigenous to wet car interiors are particularly nasty. Use PPE during cleaning for sure, but don't need to get too obsessive about the cleaning. A dry car interior is pretty much a dead zone for the fungal kingdom. I believe that a good cleaning with soapy water, and a little bleach, followed by a really good drying will take care of things.

Had a little experience...

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 06:04 PM

I think the air freshner should just about do it! :lol:

I'd be careful about the bleach too... Bleach will eat the fabric. You got to wash that bleach out or it will just keep eating...

What about upholstry/fabric cleaner and a spray on disinfectant? Lysol :rolleyes:

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 06:41 PM

Take the seats and carpet to a do it yourself car wash and spray them with the soapy high pressure hose, get them good and soaked till they look clean, then set them in the sun or in front of your furnace or fire. This is how we get upholstry clean at the junkyard, and it takes a LOT more mold than what you have to not get it clean this way. The only stuff I haven't seen come clean was actually green and had moss growing on it. No musty smell or aftereffects either, provided you get it dry within 2 days.

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 07:50 PM

well i don't really care about the front seats. i might try washing th rear..and the carpet, I allready cut into....it needed to be replaced anyway.

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 07:53 PM

What happened to your car in the first place?

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 07:56 PM

So what the heck caused this, did you leave the sunroof open in a downpore? Did that once and it soaked everything.

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 08:05 PM

So what the heck caused this, did you leave the sunroof open in a downpore? Did that once and it soaked everything.


he doesn't have a sunroof since the subs would prolly blow it out like a cork:D

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 10:00 PM

Take it to Death Valley in the middle of summer for a few days. That'll burn out any mold! :brow:

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 01:31 AM

looks like you've got some nice RX checkered seatbelts, er........wait

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 01:51 AM

ugh.
the NW USA has some of the worst mold species in the country, I've heard.

I'd throw all of that crap away and get an interior out of a GL10.

and WHAT HAPPENED? :D

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 02:11 AM

a combination of wet floormats/rain that got inside + it sitting for the past couple months

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 02:24 AM

so why is it not running agian?

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 02:30 AM

i don't know...
.john allready solved the "variable compression" issue and installed new cams.

a stock intake monifold did not change anything, next i guess i need to swap out ECU's to see if thats the problem...

im going to start a seperate trouble shooting thread

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 04:49 AM

Use a mild mixture of clean water and white vinegar. Scrub the interior with it and rinse by srcubbing with just clean water. Get a space heater, put the car in a garage or under a carport. Seal up the car as tight as you can and leave the space heater running for 2-3 days. Voila...no more mold.

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 07:58 AM

... Get a space heater, put the car in a garage or under a carport. Seal up the car as tight as you can and leave the space heater running for 2-3 days. Voila...no more mold.

UMMMM... is this supposed to be a recipe for how to steam-cook the interior? :lol:

Seems to me that with it totally sealed what you might end up with is jungle conditions of heat and humidity. Or do you figure that "tight as you can" still leaves you with plenty of leaks? I like to leave the windows down a crack...

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 09:57 AM

it's the rust holes :lol:

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 11:44 AM

Brad!

What the hell dude...I wondered if you were still alive!

I'm coming to your house today....NUFF SAID!

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 12:38 PM

If you want to kill any spores that may have been missed while cleaning you might want to try burning sulfur. light a deck of matches up then close the door with the smoke trapped inside repeat a few times. This works very well and is cheap cheap cheap. Heat and a lack of humidity will do a lot but this will kill whatever might be left. and it removes any musty smells. :)

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 02:04 PM

You know those little "Do Not Eat" packages you get with electronics and leather goods. The stuff is called desicant and you can buy it in larger quantities/packages and it does a real good job of sucking up moisture. One of the editors from Grassroots Motorsports had a similar issue and used the stuff after he cleaned everything really good. Do a search on their board at http://www.grmotorsports.com/board/ and I'm sure you come up with something. I did a google search for the stuff as well and there are companies out there that sell the stuff, mostly wholesale bulk, but some retail though.

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 02:11 PM

couple lbs of dry ice
drives out all the oxygen no oxygen then mst molds and bad smells die out
lemme know i got all ya need

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 03:34 PM

thanks you guys for all the suggestions!




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