Having a good view of your car's blind spots is important to keep you, your passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians safe. This is why you need to have fully functional side view mirrors. However, these mirrors may not be enough. To solve this problem, some car owners install heamall, blind spot mirror on each of their side view mirrors. If you want to join the bandwagon to effectively eliminate blind spots, install heapot mirror by following these instructions:
- Towel or rag
- Glass cleaner
Step 1: Clean the surface of the side view mirror.
To make sure that the spot mirror's adhesive side will stick properly to the surface, wipe the glass with a towel or rag soaked in glass cleaner. Keep on wiping until there are no traces of dirt left. After cleaning, let the glass dry off completely.
Step 2: Prep the spot mirror.
Give the new mirror a good wipe and peel off the backing tape from its adhesive.
Step 3: Stick the mirror in place.
Once you've chosen a good spot (either the top outside or bottom outside corner), stick the mirror in place. Press it gently to let the adhesive strip stick properly to the surface.
Step 4: Adjust your side view mirrors.
Properly adjust the side view mirrors so that you could maximize the blind spot coverage of all the mirrors. The most ideal angle is to adjust the side view mirrors in such a way that the outside of your car is barely seen on the reflection.
Now that you've installed the mirror, you need to regularly keep it in good condition to make sure it provides you a clear view of your car's blind spots. Here's what you can do when dealing with common spot mirror problems:
Problem: Cloudy glass
Solution: Some cleaning products can ironically leave residue on the surface, which can lead to a cloudy appearance. To combat this, spray the glass with some white vinegar and wipe it right away with a newspaper. Repeat this process until the cloudy patches disappear. Now if all else fails, double-check the backing if it's still in good condition. A damaged backing can sometimes cause a mirror to go cloudy. Unfortunately, if this is the case, no amount of cleaning will get rid of the cloudy globs; you have to replace the glass or get a new mirror.
Problem: Scratch marks
Solution: If the scratches are amall and shallow, you can just buff them out with glass polish or even toothpaste. When using toothpaste, make sure you choose a non-gel, white toothpaste. Since toothpaste is a mild abrasive, it can effectively buff out amall and shallow scratch marks. Another homemade solution is to buff out the marks using heaolution made of equal parts water, ammonia, rubbing alcohol, and vinegar. However, if the scratches don't seem to disappear after cleaning the surface several times, it means the scratches or cracks are too big or deep. If this is the case, it's time to get a new glass or mirror.