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Old 04-05-2012, 06:30 PM   #1
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Default Cleaning our sports car club's timing van

Hey everyone,

I volunteered for the fun task of cleaning our club's timing van, and the roof is covered in what I think is called Lichens or a type of moss:

Looks like this:




Gross, yes... it's kept either outside or in a barn when not in use.

Any idea on how I can remove this crap? Scrubbing doesn't really do anything.

Thanks!
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Old 04-05-2012, 07:28 PM   #2
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power washer, soap, and time
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Old 04-05-2012, 07:52 PM   #3
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Be sure to do a before and after, id love to see this thing.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:53 AM   #4
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Fire maybe, or dynamite.


Ask some boat guys, they deal with similar stuff may have better tips.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:59 AM   #5
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:54 AM   #6
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....personally, I would look into a decontamination product like Valugard ABC. Its a 3 step acid, alkali and pH neutralizing wash intended to help remove old products and things like embedded ferrous contamination from vehicle finishes. I know this is obviously different and to be honest, its a new one on me, but some of the chemicals mentioned in the above link made me think that such a product might help in this situation and be much safer for the paint beneath.

Ron Ketcham (a former chemist for AutoInt/Valugard; the inventors of ABC) frequents detailing forums like Autopia.org. You may want to see what his thoughts are are removing organic materials like this from paint. ....and if ABC will work. AutoInt works closely with car manufacturers and formulates these products for their use (products like ABC are used by these automotive companies and even mentioned in some TSB's).
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