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How to get rid of moss on roof rails - permanently?

Discussion in 'Leon Mk3 (2012-2020)' started by p.eco, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. p.eco

    p.eco Active Member

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    Guys, any idea how to get rid of moss that keeps popping up at the bottom of roof rails? I always get rid of it when cleaning the car but its back in no-time and its really doing my head in. Is there any product that will not damage the paint?
     
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  2. camelspyyder

    camelspyyder 2 SEAT-er

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    Move to a country where is doesn't p155 down all the time :)

    I use a soft tooth brush.

    WD40 gets rid of glue deposits on paintwork. Does it work on moss too?
     
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  3. Ken H

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    Any solution to this? Like above , it’s very annoying!!!
     
  4. RUM4MO

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    Yup, lack of environmental pollution is likely to be your problem, aided by too much rain!

    While I was looking after my daughter's late 2009 Ibiza SC, that sort of thing annoyed me, it was mainly on the side door window seals - again for me not enough pollution and too much rainfall.

    I'd be very wary about using a "soft toothbrush" as that sort of thing should not exist as it would fail to do its job properly - I bought an Audi S4 that was under 3 years old, and it looked like its previous owner had lovingly worked on the alloys with a toothbrush, never a good idea. Old toothbrushes are okay for scrubbing dirty unpainted car parts that normally don't get seen - as long as you don't leave them soaking in petrol!
     
  5. martin j.

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    I get the mould in window seals too, I use a spray gun with g101 or a bathroom cleaner in the channel with window up then a blunt blade* around a bit of Blue roll in between the glass and seal with the window down to clean in there, did see a spray mildew and mould remover so going to try that, at 79p it worth a shot.
     
  6. Spuddy01

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    Blasted mine off today with power washer but no doubt it will be back again in a few weeks.
     
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  7. MatTheMerciless

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    You need to use a biocide to kill the spores. They’re likely hidden away under the rails. Use a high pressure pump sprayer to blast it in there.
     
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  8. Bullet

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    Absolutely no idea if it affects paintwork so beware but... A product called Patio Magic kills mould/liverwort etc on patio slabs and keeps them clear for quite a while, no green slime. I havn't tried it on a car but with careful application and rinsing could be ok?
     
  9. Dizz

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    I use farmers sodium hydrochlorate (milk line hypo) to clear this stuff on my walls, it seems to keep working for days after, even with a rinse, I don't think I would put it on my car. Steam cleaner blast maybe?
     
  10. Ken H

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    I’m surprised there isn’t some sort of product on the market that you can use. I power washed both rails last year, got right in there. Did one side in particular , it blasted it all out it seemed, but noticed a part of the roof liner inside was wet ! Somehow the water got in. A year later that side is twice as bad as the other side . Once the water gets in under the rail then you’re screwed.
     
  11. RUM4MO

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    Not enough low pollution areas around to justify it I'd reckon, so not recognised as a problem looking for a solution that could make money.

    But, on the topic of moss etc clearers, I sprayed wasp's nest destroyer around a section of my garage roof which tends to get covered in moss a lot, really to stop wasps getting under the roof tiles and continuing to build a nest - 4 years later these few concrete roofing tiles are still clear of moss!!
     
  12. martin j.

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    Would some Miltons sterilising fluid work? Makes babies bottles safe, used it in a screen wash bottle that was smelly.
     
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  13. RUM4MO

    RUM4MO Active Member

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    That is what my wife seems to dump in my favorite mug when she thinks that it has acquired just too much character!
     
  14. martin j.

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    Same happen here, character! I must remember that description.
     

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