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    Crap/Mold on Weatherstripping but only on the lower window part, how to clean/remove?

    Hello again... Has anyone ever saw/experienced something like this? It is only the lower weatherstripping around the Windows... It is nasty & I cannot get it to come off completely... It is nowhere else on the vehicle, not even around the seals/weatherstripping on the top of the car which has a "Panoroof"

    Things I have tried thus far...

    APC (Adam's Polishes diluted 5:1)
    Clay Bar
    Alcohol Pads/Swabs (this worked the best as it knocked the high spots but did not completely remove it)

    Pics (I live in SW GA BTW)




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    Re: Crap/Mold on Weatherstripping but only on the lower window part, how to clean/remove?

    Maybe try a soft tooth brush on it with some simple green or something stronger.?

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    Re: Crap/Mold on Weatherstripping but only on the lower window part, how to clean/remove?

    Quote Originally Posted by lyodbraun View Post
    Maybe try a soft tooth brush on it with some simple green or something stronger.?
    Thanks, I may try that...

    I tried some Adam's APC diluted and a toothbrush and it didnt remove it but did help a little...

    Im tempted just to replace the darn things... But thought I would post here asking for suggestions...

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    Re: Crap/Mold on Weatherstripping but only on the lower window part, how to clean/remove?

    1. Just use some APC and a microfiber towel to wipe it down. It might take a little bit of elbow grease but you should start to see some dirt transferring to your towel. Remove as much of the dirt/gunk as possible, then let dry.
    2. Next to completely clean the surface I would use 1z Plastic Vinyl Deep Cleaner. It might take multiple passes to completely clean the rubber.
    3.To prevent future contamination I would recommend sealing the rubber surface. I have had good luck with Wolfgang Exterior Trim Sealant.

    Some other strong rubber/vinyl cleaners I would try.
    Meguiars #39 Heavy Duty Vinyl cleaner
    Amazing Roll off
    Duragloss #701 whitewall tire cleaner

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    Re: Crap/Mold on Weatherstripping but only on the lower window part, how to clean/remove?

    Quote Originally Posted by geekdout View Post
    1. Just use some APC and a microfiber towel to wipe it down. It might take a little bit of elbow grease but you should start to see some dirt transferring to your towel. Remove as much of the dirt/gunk as possible, then let dry.
    2. Next to completely clean the surface I would use 1z Plastic Vinyl Deep Cleaner. It might take multiple passes to completely clean the rubber.
    3.To prevent future contamination I would recommend sealing the rubber surface. I have had good luck with Wolfgang Exterior Trim Sealant.

    Some other strong rubber/vinyl cleaners I would try.
    Meguiars #39 Heavy Duty Vinyl cleaner
    Amazing Roll off
    Duragloss #701 whitewall tire cleaner
    Thanks... I may a couple of your suggestions depending on price of the products.. If that doesnt remove it completely I am just going to replace them I believe since I have scrubbed and scrubbed and nothing removes it completely...

    Im baffled why it is only on this weatherstripping and not on other parts of the vehicle where there is weatherstripping...

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    Re: Crap/Mold on Weatherstripping but only on the lower window part, how to clean/remove?

    Have you tried steam. Not sure if it will work, but you never know.

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    Sorry but APC isn't going to get that out. Is it a Mitsubishi? My sisters car is infested with that crap and I live in ga also. You might need to use a polish or compound.

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    Re: Crap/Mold on Weatherstripping but only on the lower window part, how to clean/remove?

    Quote Originally Posted by ct18 View Post
    Have you tried steam. Not sure if it will work, but you never know.

    I have not but don't have a steamer... BTW Im a newbie to all this detailing/cleaning/etc stuff...

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    Re: Crap/Mold on Weatherstripping but only on the lower window part, how to clean/remove?

    Quote Originally Posted by KillaCam View Post
    Sorry but APC isn't going to get that out. Is it a Mitsubishi? My sisters car is infested with that crap and I live in ga also. You might need to use a polish or compound.
    Nope it is a '12 KIA Optima EX... Guess I Should have specified that...

    Just thought I would post here before I got them all replaced or removed what I could and apply some type of "VRT" to them and hope it doesnt come back as bad...

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    Re: Crap/Mold on Weatherstripping but only on the lower window part, how to clean/remove?

    Try undiluted Adam's APC. It won't hurt the trim.

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