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Old 10-03-2009, 11:32 AM   #1
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"How-to" remove mildew from paint???

I know, it sounds funny. I just bought a 95 Escort and it appears to have a good amount of mildew on the sides of the car.
The 'scort is white.
Should I use something like orange clean, or is something else better?

When i did commercial detailing we used some yellow/greenish stuff on white paint.
it burned any cuts on your hand, but it worked incredible! All I did was spray it on, wait a few minutes, then hose it off. the white paint always looked new (obviously all the wax and what-not was removed too).

Anyone have any ideas?
Couldn't pass up on the car. It's a 95 'scort 4 door sedan with 91k on the clock, only paid $200. My insurance agent told me the NADA is $2200. Not sure if i can believe that though.






You can kinda see what I'm talking about in the above pics. You can see it around the fuel door, up the c-pillar and on the doors as well.



So, what works best? :shrug: LOL
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:37 AM   #2
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Get some spray bleach and an old mit or sponge.
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have you tried a pressure washer yet? lol
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Yep pressure washer, if the paint doesn't come up (that rust kinda makes me nervous) That car isn't worth anything close to 2200 with that rust and paint like that unless it has like 15k on the clock. Plus its a scort. Good deal for $200 no doubt, but I would definately not go by the book. You could easily flip it after you clean it up though.
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Yeah, def not worth $2200. I'll be happy to get $500 when it's time to sell.

As fas as the rust goes, i'll probably sand it and hit it with some primer and Dupli color white paint.
With 91k this thing whould go for a while.

I pick the car up next week. I'm waiting on a title first.

Won't bleach attack anything or is it perfectly safe.
You mean like the westley's bleach stuff for white wall tires?
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Better thing is spray it down with Wesleys Bleach White Tire Cleaner, let it soak for 10 mins.... Then have a bucket ready with 1 cup of Simple Green and 2 gallons water.... Wash like normal then rinse clean.
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Sounds like you've done this before.
I just don't want to see streaks of clean or dirt after I rinse it off.
Have you done this?

I was thinking of the bleach white too.
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PURPLE POWER- Dilute in bucket with water. Did an excellent shop cleaning up a filthy white 89 GT I picked up as a roller/parts car awhile back and had been sitting for a few years under a tarp in a guys yard with same type of mildew,dirt,grime etc.

purple power then normal car wash soap then a coat of polish/wax and it looked like a whole new car.

simple green should do the trick as well.
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Yup.... A neighbor had a fleet of white Escorts for his business. In ten years none of them had been washed. He asked me to get them clean. I did that and it worked great. He told me they had forgot they were white. LOL
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I'd go with purple power its more potent that simple green even when its not diluted. Plus simple green reminds me of cleaning bathrooms in A-school. If it smells clean it must be clean.
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Yup.... A neighbor had a fleet of white Escorts for his business. In ten years none of them had been washed. He asked me to get them clean. I did that and it worked great. He told me they had forgot they were white. LOL

Ok, I'll be going that route next week when I have the keys in my hands
I'll let everyone know how it came out.

Keep the ideas coming though guys.
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Good find, 89-up escorts last forever, put a fresh timing belt in every 75K and drive. No way to go wrong, it will scrap out for more than $200.

X2 on the Purple Power. It's the shiznit. Purple Power+Claybar+wax=new.
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