Break­ing the mould

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classics - MURRAY SCUL­LION NEWS ED­I­TOR

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.

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