Fog formed on my side mirror after I had my car detailed. What happened?

Is it normal?
by Joey Bernardez | Nov 20, 2018
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Good day, baka may ma-suggest kayo. Nagpa-detail kasi ako ng sasakyan. After ng detailing, napansin ko yung side mirror sa driver side, may fog na. Sabi nila sa loob daw yun, pero wala naman yun before the detailing. At mukhang hindi nila alam alisin. Baka may alam kayo na pang-alis doon. Thanks!

Dear sir,

As cars age, sometimes the side mirrors have a tendency to delaminate in some brands. If and when this delamination occurs, fine water droplets may collect inside the delaminated portion and make it appear as a foggy mirror. There is no need to assign blame to anyone as this is not your fault nor the fault of the detailer. It’s just normal wear and tear on the car.

You’re absolutely correct to be concerned about this. It’s important to keep your mirrors in tip-top shape so that you can see what’s going on around your car. The side and rearview mirrors help us to keep an eye on the cars around us so that when we change directions, we can see if there’s anyone there that might be in the way.

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Based on your description, it sounds like there are indeed water droplets trapped inside your mirror. I would suggest that you keep your car out in the sun for a while to let the water dry out. However, if it happens again, I suggest that you find a replacement mirror that’s in better condition. Either get a new one or a good used one. It’s not too wise to be driving around with a mirror you can’t see with. That might be dangerous.

Side mirrors, new or used, can be pretty costly in new cars. Before you go out and buy one, you might want to try other measures that may be able to prevent those water droplets from collecting on your mirrors. Specifically, check out ‘hydrophobic’ waxes. You can try applying a coat or two on your mirrors to keep them from fogging up.

Hope this helps you out. Thanks for writing in!

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