Breaking the mould
I lost the MX-5’s parking place just before Christmas and time stuck in the office car park hasn’t done it any favours in terms of rust and mould. Happily, the carport it used to live in is free once again. Thanks, mum!
The family cat, Archie, is curious about it and if the white hair on the mohair roof is anything to go by, he sometimes sits on the roof too, cheeky little feline that he is. Cute, perhaps, but not cool or groovy.
Still, a brace of Bank Holiday weekends has given me time to do some minor jobs on the MX-5. I really like the look of the wind deflector I’ve recently had sent to me, but my attempt at fitting it revealed that it clips to a section already occupied on my car by a sporty rear chassis brace, which I don’t want to remove. I must see if David Simister would like to try it for size in his Eunos Roadster.
I’ve also got a Meaco dehumidifier in for testing, in an attempt to rectify the Mazda’s ongoing mould problem. After much reading on the internet, I put it to use and it made an immediate impact, decreasing the amount of visible mould in the car within an hour or so. Afterwards, I used a strong mould spray detergent, applied it liberally on the problem areas, and left it, as instructed. I let it air out, gave it a wipe, then put the dehumidifier back to to work. I read that setting it to 60 per cent or less should help control the moisture that’s caused the mould – pretty easy to do with the Meaco because you can choose what humidity you’d like. The good news is that it appears to have worked. The bad news is that a section of the Mazda’s roof has reacted badly to it and left an orange stain right near the front where it clips on to the windscreen. I’ve tried to rectify it but I only seem to be making matters worse.
Any ideas, readers?
Archie Scullion reacquaints himself with the MX-5. Well, a cat needs somewhere to sit...
Eight-litre humidifier from Meaco just about fits and makes a big difference.