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Old 22-02-2017, 10:43 PM   #1
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Removing green algae from seals

Have purchased a 2010 mondeo for tugging our new caravan.

Around the glass seals and by the boot hinges three is a lot of green algae staining.

What's the best thing to remove this ?
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Old 22-02-2017, 10:45 PM   #2
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First port of call for me would be strong APC (I'd hit it with 25% Surfex) and a detailing brush.
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Old 22-02-2017, 10:54 PM   #3
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APC then power wash it.
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Old 22-02-2017, 11:00 PM   #4
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To be honest hitting it with a strong APC like Surfex could damage the seals, so use a weak solution of APC first and let it soak in, then with a soft detailing brush just work it in then get a damp MF towel to wipe away the dirt.
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On my dad's car which had been stood a long time there was quite a bit of moss/algae on the seals. As recommended above a good soak in APC, then agitate with a brush, then a good blast with the pressure washer, got rid of all the surface stuff.

There was still a bit of marking/staining on the rubber, so I sprayed it with a Hydrogen Peroxide solution, this made a big difference, and also helps prevent future regrowth by killing off any spores. Then rinsed and treated with GummiPflege... looked as good as new.
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Britemax grime out i have used without causing any issues
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On a modern car, these would be butyl rubber, which I don't believe would take any harm from some APC for 5 minutes. 10% would probably work as well.
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I have used Meg's APC for this agitated with a soft brush. Don't use neat though (even the retail version is very strong) as can mark trim which is then a pain to put right I ended up using at about 20% and that was about right.

Don't let it sit on the trim for too long.
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Old toothbrush and car shampoo should remove it.
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its a living organism so you MUST kill it or it will return....I've done a few vehicles with the same problem...use the following: Use a steamer to go over the whole area...the steam will kill it then brush on some Biobrisk with a detailing brush...Kaboom....green algae banished forever.
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