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Old 06-14-2001, 05:15 PM   #1
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Post problematic wash points

anyone been able to solve any of the problems with water staying in the:
mirror assembly
panel under the taillights
headlight assy.
whenever i wash, its usually at night, when i drive in the morning, water magically seeps from these spots and leaves marks on the car because i have nothing to wipe it off with... =( oh, and something f-ed with my windows, i dry them, roll them down, roll them up, what do you know, they're wet, even after a whole night to let the water go wherever gravity/weather dictates
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Old 06-14-2001, 07:14 PM   #2
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You have a few options.

You could wash during the day and let it sit in the sun for a couple hours...the water won't dry at night, especially if you live in a humid area like I do (FL)
You could take your car for a fun ride after the wash to let everything drip out, then dry the the water when you get back home.
You could blow very hard into the problem areas, and the water will spray out (that makes me dizzy though)

I do my 2nd suggestion. As for the windows, either bring a little terry cloth w/ you to re-dry them, or let it sit in the sun. Hope I helped
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Old 06-14-2001, 10:28 PM   #3
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usually to get the water out of the mirrors on my honda, i open and slam the door 3 or 4 times and that gets most of it out... then blowing the rest out usually gets it all.

my tail lights leak a lot of water too, so i usually smack them with my towel to try and get the water out.. not too hard though. :P
actually im worried that one day i might smack it hard enough to mess up the bulbs, but oh well, hasnt happened so far! i guess the same would go for the headlights as well.

hope that helps!
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Old 06-15-2001, 01:15 AM   #4
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i dunno about all the other stuff but for the mirrors you can drill a very small hole in the bottom (make sure you dont hit anything) this way most of the water that gets in there will run out. good luck
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Old 06-15-2001, 06:15 AM   #5
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For detailing my motorcycles and cars I have always used a wet/dry vac with the blower attachment. I picked up a piece of non marring rubber for the end to avoid any scratches if I bumped my car or bike. After drying, simply blast the spots to drive the water out. I use a large craftsman wet/dry vac. Hope this helps

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Old 06-15-2001, 06:21 AM   #6
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You could just go for a quick blast down the street.

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Old 06-15-2001, 06:43 AM   #7

The last time I tried the "High Speed Air Dry" (ie: driving it) method of drying my car, I ended up with bugs splattered all over my windshield, mirrors and hood. It was more fun than using a towel though
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