Smelly old van... help! Oct 8, 2019 21:57:26 GMT 10
Post by fiesta65 on Oct 8, 2019 21:57:26 GMT 10
Purchased a 1965 Mildura Fiesta van two years ago. She is amazing in so many ways... but smells real bad! So the story goes. She has not been used a lot. I believe locked up in a shed for the last 20 - 50 years. Really tidy original condition. She smells musty/soap flakes/chemical glue/old van combined. When I first cleaned her out there were a couple of bags of soap flakes in the storage under the bed. I thought this was it... but now I'm not so sure. It appears that the smell has permeated into absolutely everything. We have had her for more than two years now. We had always figured a good air out and a few cook ups would do the trick. Its so bad that it actually permeates your clothes and hair after only spending an hour or so inside.
We have cleaned her thoroughly. Aired out for about 2 years... Even painted the inside of all the storage areas that previously had raw ply and Masonite.
We removed all the curtains and mattresses. Had to wash the curtains 3 times and hang on the line for a week before the smell disappeared! Replaced mattresses.
I removed the floor tiles yesterday as some were damaged and peeling. It appears the glue used may be part of the smell... but I'm not sure.
We are about to repaint in enamel all interior surfaces in a bid to lock the smell into the paint... Its so bad you can smell it from 20m away!
My questions are
- Has anyone experienced similar?
- Is it possible to get rid of it?
- Could it be the glues in the ply used in the walls, floor and fit out?
- Is it potentially harmfull? (I've got two kids and a wife!)
- Am I overlooking something obvious?
It's definitely nothing to do with moisture.
She is in such great condition I really am hoping we can sort it out.
Thanks in advance for any advice.