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post #11 of 14 Old 27th June 2019, 01:39 PM
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Nice work. Keep it up! You have a desirable color combo there if you decide to sell it in the future. I would have loved to have found that car... I can always see through the items that need elbow grease to what it could be once cleaned up.


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I love threads like these. Super great to see folks like you saving and bringing these great machines back to life!

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Here is a listing of leather cleaners and protectants. You may want to try them to see if they can address the mold issue.


If not, you may want to get the big guns. I have used isopropyl alcohol (or ethanol) in a mix of at least 70/30 with water--put in a spray bottle, then with a lint free cloth, spray the cloth and apply to the molded areas. Depending how stubborn, you may need to re-apply. Get the car in some sun and open all doors and windows. Do this until the mold is gone--then apply a leather product from the listing above. You do NOT want to just clean with the alcohol since it will not only kill most mold--but also strip the leather of its natural oils that you want to replenish with products mentioned.

If skittish--try it in an inconspicuous molded area first. I have done the IPA route with excellent success on another vehicle that sat for a long time. But "Little Tree" air fresheners will only go so far. Also note that if you have mold in the visible areas--you will have more in invisible areas--that means that seats and other surfaces will need to come out to address it. Otherwise you will be going through a lot of "Little Trees" dangling from all areas of your car.
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Nice! Good progress here.
Regarding mold and leather. I'm going to give you a tip, feel free to use it or not, but the only proper way to get rid of the mold in semi-permeable leather like napa in M5, is to treat it with something that kills the mold.

Its a two step process, time consuming some, but luckily, not very expensive.
Get a jug of a APC, I prefer simple green, you can use purple power or similar. Dilute it 50/50 with water (you can even use it full strength if mold is severe) and get a good quality boar brush, bunch of microfiber towels, and bucket of clean water. Dip brush in APC, work into lather, scrub every surface and crevice - then remove all with towels. Repeat if necessary. Soak a clean towel in water, and go over the treated surface once more. Repeat if needed.

Once you done with all leather, let it dry completely - open all doors and windows and let it sit outside on a hot day or something. Once completely dry, apply your favorite leather conditioner. I prefer Leatherique/Glym.

Once that is done, step two. Go to Amazon, and buy a good ozone generator. They are cheap, under $80 in most cases. Read the instructions, don't expose yourself to ozone much. Run the sucker for a few hours, then vent the car. Ozone will kill all the bacteria and eliminate ALL unpleasant smells. The mold will never return.


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