mildew on window trim

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    Does anyone else have like a mildewy kind of splotchy residue on the bottom window trim? It's not super bad, but it's annoying me. Got the truck all blinged out, and the trim just doesn't look as good as the rest of the trim pieces. I tried back to black a while back, but that didn't do it. It's still black by the way, not graying or anything..
    I've armor all'ed it, son of a gun'd it, simple green'd it, to no avail... Kind of scared to use a bleach product on it. And I learned years ago not to let Super Clean around anything I own(long story, ends in eating clearcoat off my rims)...
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    Default Re: mildew on window trim

    Could you post some close up pictures of it?

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    Default Re: mildew on window trim

    i'm thinking tree sap rather than mildew. if that's the case, try a little fine grit rubbing compound or cleaner wax on it. test in inconspicuous place first and then look from all angles to make sure it doesn't cloud the finish. might also try tar and bug remover if it's sap, or goo gone. once get the right cleaner, it will come right off. finish with one of the plastic waxes you mentioned.
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    Default Re: mildew on window trim

    I had the same stuff all around my windows, "Brandon1" suggested I use simple green and 0000 steel wool, being careful not to rub on the paint. It all came off with some scrubbing then I went around the window painted area with a light scratch remover. Worked great!!
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    Default Re: mildew on window trim

    Well, it's definetly not tree sap, as it's in the garage all the time, and we don't have trees anywhere around.
    I've done the simple green, but not with steel wool, I'm kind of scared of that, even very fine grit, it's a rubber product, wouldn't that mar it up, even with a light rubbing compoundafterwards?
    I'll shoot a pic here in a minute and post it.
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    Default Re: mildew on window trim

    with the flash, they aren't this noticable normally...
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    this is more what it looks like, and only on the drivers side, very weird..
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    Default Re: mildew on window trim

    Quote Originally Posted by jasbus
    with the flash, they aren't this noticable normally...
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    this is more what it looks like, and only on the drivers side, very weird..
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    Yeah i have the same it's some kind of rubber mold, i have on the rubber seal on my flares sucks!

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    Default Re: mildew on window trim

    so theres no real fix eh? great....

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    Quote Originally Posted by UsE_To_RoCk
    so theres no real fix eh? great....
    Sanding and a sealer on the rubber will help but replacing the old rubber is the real fix. Rubber just ages and cracks and mold takes hold wish there was something better than just oiling it.

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    Default Re: mildew on window trim

    It does look the same as what I had, and the process I used did work.

    Here is a corner I did not get to clean and another showing how good it looked where I cleaned it well.
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    Default Re: mildew on window trim

    Quote Originally Posted by tooldud
    It does look the same as what I had, and the process I used did work.

    Here is a corner I did not get to clean and another showing how good it looked where I cleaned it well.
    That looks pretty good I'm gonna try that.

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    Default Re: mildew on window trim

    Why only the drivers side? It makes no sense. My wifes CRV sits in the same garage, its a 99 with no mold, my last car didn't have it either, had it for 10 years...
    I'm gonna try lightly sanding I guess, I've done lots of body work, guess it'll be close to the same..
    thanks for the replies guys.
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    Default Re: mildew on window trim

    Maybe it's worse on the one side due to more direct sunlight on that side of the car...UV does more damage than anything else to that trim. Just a thought.

    I regularly use the 303 protectant, and while my current truck is pretty new to say how it works there, I did use 303 on my OLD Ranger for a number of years, and the trim looked great.

    I also hear (no direct experience yet) that this http://www.superiorcarcare.net/pbtr16.html is pretty awesome stuff. I'll be trying it this year on the wifes car.

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