Featured Ridding white oak of black mold

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  1. springfld.arsenal

    springfld.arsenal Store: http://www.springfieldarsenal.net/

    I’d like to convert this strong 4 x 6-foot white oak pallet into a dolly after removing the cargo by screwing caster wheels under the four corners as I’ve done with a few other pallets. The problem is the black mold you see. The wood won’t last long enough with the mold in it.

    I’ve done some googling on how to get rid of the mold and the most attractive solution I’ve found is to use denatured alcohol. I’m not really sure about the application method, am thinking of squirting it on then scrubbing with a very stiff-bristle brush, maybe a wire brush. Since I have a lot of this wood to treat, the process has to be quick. I want to do same with a number of other moldy oak pallets, all from same Amish mill in the Midwest, maybe they store their products outside or something. Anyone with mold-ridding experience?

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  2. buyingtime777

    buyingtime777 Well-Known Member

    I have been to few Midwest Amish farm auctions and they lead very basic lives without many of our amenities or living standards. Hard telling what happens to the pallets. I remember one auction I went down by the horse barn and heard a sound reminiscent of a large transport helicopter coming from all the flies in there. The house with no electricity or screens in the window was not far away. I can't even imagine living there on a 101 degree humid Midwest Missouri summer day in a long skirt...
  3. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    You Ah...mished your calling.
  4. springfld.arsenal

    springfld.arsenal Store: http://www.springfieldarsenal.net/

    Thanks; still seeking suggestions.
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  5. gregsglass

    gregsglass Well-Known Member

    I would use bleach, pouring over the pieces with the mold and the un molded pieces, placing it in the sun. To let it dry.
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  6. say_it_slowly

    say_it_slowly The worst prison is a closed heart

    I've been repainting my barn and it has had significant mold/mildew along with wood rot. It isn't oak but rough cut poplar and pine. I used a mix of bleach and TSP with a bit of water then rinsed with good visual results. I'm thinking that following with alcohol might have been a good idea too but I added a mold/ mildew preventer to the paint.

    I've used bleach on my painted oak board fence and the visual results are good but mold/mildew always returns. (but then my fence is 23 years old and due to be replaced anyway)
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2017
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  7. lloyd249

    lloyd249 it's not hoarding if it's valuable

    you could try clr mold and mildew remover [​IMG]
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  8. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    Wasn’t there a band named Black Oak Arkansas?
    Maybe they can help.
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  9. Rufus@frockstarvintage

    Rufus@frockstarvintage Well-Known Member

    I've used Greased Lightning on mold with good results but plain white vinegar is my favorite. In your case, since you have several pallets to treat, I would first put them out in open air/full sun (if possible) for a full 8-12 hours - sun will sterilize the mold. Then use a 50/50 vinegar/water mixture with a little Dawn detergent added & apply with a pressure washer. Finally, I would paint the pallets with KILZ to be sure the mold will never return.
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  10. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    Zinser works too.
    I believe they are both white shellac.
  11. springfld.arsenal

    springfld.arsenal Store: http://www.springfieldarsenal.net/

    Thanks, I looked up what’s in Greased Lightning:

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  12. terry5732

    terry5732 Well-Known Member

    And just what's wrong with black mold? Are you racist?
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  13. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    Same problem if you like white gold.
  14. verybrad

    verybrad Well-Known Member

    Did some mold remediation in my house a few years ago. After some research decided to use an Ammonium Chloride based product. Seemed to be the safest, most effective, and easiest to use of the products available. Sprayed on, scrubbed with a brush, and wiped off. Sealed the wood after drying with a mold inhibiting paint.
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