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Posted: 2/3/2006 5:33:48 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/3/2006 5:37:48 AM EDT by NYPatriot]
How the hell do I dry out the interior of the vehicle?

I've already soaked up all the standing water with towels, and wipped everything down with paper towels, but the seats, floor, and ceiling are saturated.

I'm already planning on putting Damp Rid desiccant packs in the car, but what else do you advise???

Thanks.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 5:34:48 AM EDT
Go rent a carpet blower, the snail drum ones.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 5:34:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/3/2006 5:35:13 AM EDT by mjohn3006]
Dry it with fire?
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 5:35:18 AM EDT
Open all the doors and windows. Set up fans to blow into the car.

I did the samething last year.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 5:37:37 AM EDT
I think your question should be, how does the wife dry it.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 5:38:07 AM EDT
Strip the interior. Seats, carpet, console, everything. Use a wet/dry vac to get out as much water as you can. Treat any exposed metal areas with Sheath or another water-displacing oil. Give everything a day or two to air-dry and re-assemble.

Link Posted: 2/3/2006 5:38:11 AM EDT
Sell the wife and buy a new car.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 5:44:12 AM EDT
A good wet/dry vac, or a rental carpet shampoo machine used for its extraction to reove what you can.

Park the car in full sunlight with the sunroof barely cracked. You want the interior to be as warm as possible, with the opportunity for the moist warm air to exit, but not so wide open that it doesn't get warm.

Drive around with the floor vents selected, fan high, temp highest, and only the rearmost exit opening cracked, whatever that may be.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 5:45:27 AM EDT
Use a wet vac and vacuum it all out then use a dehumidifyer to dry it out. Damp Rid is useless for that qty. of water. Alternately you can run the heat/defroster with the A/C on at they same time and it will dehumidify it but it will take a long time. You need to dry it asap though to help reduce long term odor. It will take a few days worth of treatment to get all the moisture out. If you have a heated garage, park it inside and put a box fan or two inside or near the doors.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 5:46:29 AM EDT
My ex did this once with her BMW.

I was in Miami, so my technique worked better than it will for you in NY: I left the doors, windows, and sunroof open all day. Heat dried the car out with no damage.

Thank God. Fucking BMW's are rediculously expensive.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:02:37 AM EDT
get the wife an irish wedding ring
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:04:30 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:05:29 AM EDT
If the jute under the carpet got wet, it will never dry unless you remove the interior, and carpet. Wet jute will grow some nasty smells. OTOH, you would be amazed how many cars are soaking wet under the carpet. I'd strip it down.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:05:35 AM EDT

Originally Posted By photokirk:
Strip the interior. Seats, carpet, console, everything.



Yup. Once the carpet gets wet, it'll always smell funny unless you remove it and air dry it.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:06:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By photokirk:
Strip the interior. Seats, carpet, console, everything. Use a wet/dry vac to get out as much water as you can. Treat any exposed metal areas with Sheath or another water-displacing oil. Give everything a day or two to air-dry and re-assemble.




As painful as this sounds, it is what really needs doing.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:08:21 AM EDT
i also sprayed my interior with lysol cuz i was worried about mold...
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:08:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/3/2006 6:14:01 AM EDT by Zippy_The_Wonderdog]
"Honey, wanna take a walk through the woods this weekend? No no no sweetie...I'm not mad about the car thing any more..."

Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:09:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Specop_007:
I think your question should be, how does the wife dry it. hr


Or, how can I hide the wife's body??? ;)
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:13:44 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/3/2006 6:14:36 AM EDT by NYPatriot]

Originally Posted By ar-wrench:

Originally Posted By photokirk:
Strip the interior. Seats, carpet, console, everything. Use a wet/dry vac to get out as much water as you can. Treat any exposed metal areas with Sheath or another water-displacing oil. Give everything a day or two to air-dry and re-assemble.




As painful as this sounds, it is what really needs doing.



Probably, but it's beyond my capabilities to do so. I think I'm going to have to get by with fans, a shop vac, and large desiccant buckets/packs.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:16:05 AM EDT
Tannerite will help expose the damp areas for drying
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:19:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/3/2006 6:20:25 AM EDT by ar-wrench]
I used to sell cars. Folks would ask if the sunroof/T-tops would leak. Without hesitation, I would respond "Never saw one that didn't leak."

Of course, I was referring to it leaking when closed.

Have you considered filing an insurance claim? You are talking potentially a lot of damage.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:21:30 AM EDT
It might be worth it to call a dealership about sticking it in the paint baking booth (or whatever they call it).

My old Lincoln got a leak in the passenger compartment and when it would rain water would drip in from behind the dashboard and soak the interior carpet. First thing the dealership did when I brought it in was stick in "the oven" for 12 hours to dry out the interior. Might be worth a call.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:22:46 AM EDT
Has the wife regained consciousness yet? If so, send her out for the blower.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:22:54 AM EDT
Its a new car. Have it professionally done. Claim it on insurance. Dont do a second rate job.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:28:13 AM EDT
Drive, turn on A/C, turn the heat to high, crack the sunroof and windows - repeat.

If it smells funny later on.............. take it to the car wash, get it shampoo'ed and have them add the strongest pimp spray they have.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:31:52 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:34:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/3/2006 6:36:51 AM EDT by eye_spy]
No amount of vacuming will "dry" up your carpets IMO. You have no other recourse but to STRIP off the seats and carpet to have it aired and dry outside. Letting it "dry" inside will only achieve to have your car smelling like an old wet sock (TRUST ME ON THIS) forever and may also result in rusted floorboards!

That sucks man! But hey ... don't be too hard on the wifey .... it's just one of those days.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:36:52 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Specop_007:
I think your question should be, how does the wife dry it.



Damn... took the words right out of my mouth. Women... is there anything they can't f*ck up?

I'd go in this order:
- Soak up what you can with paper towels or better one of those Shammy (chamois) cloths.
- Wet-n-Dry vac
- Close windows, park in sun, run heater at high with a window slightly cracked.

I take it the seats aren't leather/pleather/vinyl?

Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:38:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By pathfinder74:

Originally Posted By Specop_007:
I think your question should be, how does the wife dry it.



Damn... took the words right out of my mouth. Women... is there anything they can't f*ck up?

I'd go in this order:
- Soak up what you can with paper towels or better one of those Shammy (chamois) cloths.
- Wet-n-Dry vac
- Close windows, park in sun, run heater at high with a window slightly cracked.

I take it the seats aren't leather/pleather/vinyl?




No, they are not.

Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:39:24 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NYPatriot:

Originally Posted By ar-wrench:

Originally Posted By photokirk:
Strip the interior. Seats, carpet, console, everything. Use a wet/dry vac to get out as much water as you can. Treat any exposed metal areas with Sheath or another water-displacing oil. Give everything a day or two to air-dry and re-assemble.




As painful as this sounds, it is what really needs doing.



Probably, but it's beyond my capabilities to do so. I think I'm going to have to get by with fans, a shop vac, and large desiccant buckets/packs.



I hear you ... but it's going to leave a funky smell ....
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