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Old 10-20-2005
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Default Removing mildew from convertible top

What is best way to remove mildew from tan colored 2002 Mustang convertible top? Southern car that sits outside...mildew flurishes.
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Never tried it, but Mother's makes a rag-top cleaner. I've heard that it works well. Maybe someone who has used it can tell you about it.
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Carazy,

As Bama suggested, starting with a top cleaner would be good. Regular washings and regular use of such a cleaner should help dislodge any mildew before it gets out of hand.

What, if anything, have you tried thus far?

And just how much mildew are we talking about area-wise?

And has this been a chronic problem for a long time? That is, do you have actual stains that have "set" into the material? It's one thing to kill the mildew, but it's another thing to remove the stain, which tends to be a gray-ish color.

More info and even a picture would help.

Thanks!
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There are a dozen or more spots ranging from the size of dimes to 4" x 6". And, unfortunately they appear to be not active mildew but stains. I had used Armor All car washing concentrate and tried diluted 409 and Mr Clean type products. It lightens them, but barely. Yes, mildew is always a problem in the south east and the car sits outside all the time. I looked at boat sale cleaning products but they contain bleach....not good with the tan coloring. Any ideas are much appreciated. Thx.

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Carazy,

As Bama suggested, starting with a top cleaner would be good. Regular washings and regular use of such a cleaner should help dislodge any mildew before it gets out of hand.

What, if anything, have you tried thus far?

And just how much mildew are we talking about area-wise?

And has this been a chronic problem for a long time? That is, do you have actual stains that have "set" into the material? It's one thing to kill the mildew, but it's another thing to remove the stain, which tends to be a gray-ish color.

More info and even a picture would help.

Thanks!
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Carazy,

Just to clarify, is this material vinyl? I think some Mustangs in recent years had an optional material in addition to the pinpoint vinyl.

Please specifiy the material you have.

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It appears to be vinyl. thx

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Carazy,

Just to clarify, is this material vinyl? I think some Mustangs in recent years had an optional material in addition to the pinpoint vinyl.

Please specifiy the material you have.

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Unfortunately, mildew-specific products aren't our specialty.

I can confirm what you already know... you've got a problem.

I think you had the right idea, though... visit a boating supply store and see what they can recommend for removing mildew stains from vinyl. Likely you can at least minimize the appearance of the stains. Be sure to follow the directions and be careful to not abrade the vinyl by rubbing too aggressively or with a brush that is too stiff.

Or check with a boat or automotive detailer in the area as they learn tricks of the trade, and should be able to do the best job possible without causing more problems for you.

If you decide to tackle it yourself... from what I've been able to find out, you should refrain from any chlorine product, as those are most likely to cause more harm than good. Problem is, traditional methods for removing mildew from surfaces usually also mean hot water and high pressure -- neither of which should be used on your top.

Be sure to test any product on an inconspicous place, perhaps on a hidden edge of a tonneau cover if there is one.

You should regularly clean your top and use a vinyl dressing. This two-step process should help prevent future invasions.

Hopefully someone else with mildew stain experience can share any solution that may have worked for them.

Good luck!
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Try a super-market surface cleaner that contains oxygen bleach - its far milder than chlorine but still bleaches stains without damaging the material.

You may need to leave it on a while and multiple applications.
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