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Does anyone else get annoyed about this? Everytime I clean my car, there always seems to be water 'trapped' behind the door mirrors (in the door mirror enclosure) so that when I close the door, the water runs down the side of the door and spoils my lovely clean paintwork. Worse still, when I drive off (sometimes the next morning), I get water spray down the side of the front and rear door and side windows As much as I try and get a cloth behind the glass, there's always some water left there.

If you've experienced this, have you found a solution? Or maybe I should just chillout and have a
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Could use a pet dryer, seems to be a popular way of drying paint. I have not used one so cannot recommend a particular model
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Yes I know exactly what you mean annoys me too.

luckily I happen to have quite a steeply sloped driveway so I now park facing upwards this not only allows the water to drain from the mirror casings but also from the boot gutters
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I've invested in a DI Vessel for this very reason. Solved the problem completely and speeded up the cleaning process too.
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Driving them at 130kph gets any excess water off, I've found.
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I use a pet dryer off Ebay, cost about £40 but gets all the trapped water out of everywhere, actually use it for the whole car and can get it dry in about 15 minutes.

Everyone in the street thinks I am a raving loony mind when I blow dry my car, but it means I also don't get Halloweeners and carol singers knocking on my door, Result!!
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It drives me nuts too. Before polishing the car I blow on the bottom edge of the mirrors to try and get the majority of the water out.
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It drives me nuts too. Before polishing the car I blow on the bottom edge of the mirrors to try and get the majority of the water out.
Me too but there's always some water left behind. I think that's what ruins the mirror glass too. Already replaced the nearside and the offside is starting to look tatty around the edges.
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I normally feed the edge of a honeycomb drying towel or chamois into the gap between housing and glass, capillary action draws the water out.
 
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Cheap pet dryers work perfectly.
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Fold some kitchen towel/paper and slide it in when you've got the car dry.

Or use a drinking straw, I'll leave you to decide whether to suck or blow.
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I use paper towel in the mirror casing too, and I also use it to draw the last of the water that pools at the bottom of the rear hatch glass. I blow around the rear light clusters to remove the water that sits in there......passers by probably think it's odd
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......passers by probably think it's odd

My neighbours, and no doubt the passers-by think I'm odd cos I wash my own car every 2 or 3 weeks and dont leave it up the local car wash cowboys

I cant remember the last time I saw anyone else in my road washing their own car.....
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passers by probably think it's odd
I live on a main road, my house is set back with a large shingle forecourt. Cars slow down to see what I am doing when I cover the car in snow foam. Pedestrians have even stopped and asked me what I am doing!!

Maybe it it not a well known thing in West Sussex????

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My neighbours, and no doubt the passers-by think I'm odd cos I wash my own car every 2 or 3 weeks and dont leave it up the local car wash cowboys

I cant remember the last time I saw anyone else in my road washing their own car.....
2-3 weeks?!!!!!

I'd die if i left mine that long!
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2-3 weeks?!!!!!

I'd die if i left mine that long!
Mine gets done twice a week...
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Mine gets done twice a week...
I don't drive it a lot when it's raining (I have the luxury of an oldish run-about to use most days for work) so it doesn't get too filthy from driving in the rain. If the weather's been dry and it's accumulated a layer of dust/dirt I find that the next time it gets rained on, it cleans off quite well because it's always got a good layer of wax on it. But if it doesn't rain for a week or so, I will give it a wash to get rid of said layer of dust/dirt!

The wheels, on the other hand, 'cos of the charcoal-grade material in the brake pads, get filthy after only a few miles of use, so I often wash the wheels in between full car washes.

In an ideal world I'd get round to washing it a couple of times a week but her indoors would have something to say about that.... as she does when it's just once every couple of weeks!
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Would one of those compressed air spray cans used for cleaning keyboards be a way of blowing out the water? It's something that annoys me too btw.
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Would one of those compressed air spray cans used for cleaning keyboards be a way of blowing out the water? It's something that annoys me too btw.
It would work but be careful. The air that comes out is cold, almost freezing. It can freeze the trapped water and also the can get very cold too which could possibly lead to problems. I had one give me ice burns when I cleaned my computer.
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