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Old 03-30-03, 09:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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wet leather.... how to dry.....(left sunroof open in rain)!!!!!!!!!!

well heres the deal... I came in around one last night and managed to leave my sunroof open. It was nice, clear skys, etc. Some time during the night it started raining, and rained all night.

So I dried it up this morning as best I could, and cleaned and conditioned the leather, but when I sit in the seat for more than a minute or 2 my but starts to get wet.

Has anyone else had this happen? Will it dry out after a day or 2 in the sun? Have I ruined anything? Would you reccomend using or not using the seat warmers untill it dries out? How should I go about this? -Tim
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Old 03-30-03, 09:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My guess would be to de-install the seats and dry them out as best you can from under the seat with a fan or a blow dryer. Your biggest problem will be with the seats still damp inside, mildew will grow and if that happens it will be harder to get that smell out. I wish I could be more help.
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sorry to hear that. it does suck.

it never happened to me before, i really dont know how to deal with this issue.

when the water got sucked into seat and carpet, it will be very hard to get them out from dead spots. I really worry about the funny smell inside of you car later around. i would say when its sunny outside, leave all the windows and doors wide open letting them try naturally.

good luck man. (never and ever leave your roof and window open when you are not inside of your car !!!)
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DON'T TAKE OFF THE LEATHER....a friend of mine did that so that he could clean his seats after he left his sunroof open....the leather will shrink as it dries and you will find yourself grunting and struggling like never before....try parking the car in the sun with the windows down (after the bad weather has passed)....last thing you want it to lock up the car with the damp padding under the leather...
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right.... pretty much my best bet is to hope it dries up nice when its sunny out next. I hope i didn't really **** anything up. I think it should be ok. -tim
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Try buying a couple cans of Damp-Rid and place them in your car at night to suck up the moisture from the air. Just a suggestion.


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Re: wet leather.... how to dry.....(left sunroof open in rain)!!!!!!!!!!

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well heres the deal... I came in around one last night and managed to leave my sunroof open. It was nice, clear skys, etc. Some time during the night it started raining, and rained all night.

So I dried it up this morning as best I could, and cleaned and conditioned the leather, but when I sit in the seat for more than a minute or 2 my but starts to get wet.

Has anyone else had this happen? Will it dry out after a day or 2 in the sun? Have I ruined anything? Would you reccomend using or not using the seat warmers untill it dries out? How should I go about this? -Tim


This is so depressing sorry man I don't have any advice to give you but that really sucks
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Oddly enough, this has happened to me TWICE.
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right.... pretty much my best bet is to hope it dries up nice when its sunny out next. I hope i didn't really **** anything up. I think it should be ok. -tim

dude, i'd say you should take a more pro-active approach. somebody hit it on the head earlier with the mildew thing. if you dry it quickly, and completely - nothing will grow, nothing will smell. but if it dries slowly, then if something does grow, it will always smell. i've had cars (including my current ack) that still have a resemblance of that new acura smell after 10 years/100k miles.

If you've got the time, i would pull the seats and use towels to try to dry the carpet as much as possible. also using the towels and sitting in the seats until your butt won't get wet anymore is a good idea. then haul your seats into your house where it is warm/dry. if you have access to a garage, try to leave the car in there for a day (assuming you can work out rides, or another car?) with the windows open.

it WILL dry in time - i've done it before too in my old prelude. but getting it dried in a day or two is best... imho.

good luck with that! since i've done the exact same thing probably 4-5 times, i ALWAYS think twice about leaving the roof open, even if only for 5 minutes. (but i also live in seattle. hahahaha!)

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Re: wet leather.... how to dry.....(left sunroof open in rain)!!!!!!!!!!

I had a similar situation a couple of years ago, caused by one of the techs at my dealer who left the moonroof open when my car was kept for service overnight in their open-air storage yard. There was a thunderstorm but luckily it was very brief so inside the car was not too soaked. I left the car parked in my garage with the windows down and moonroof open for a couple of days and everything dried out just fine. The leather is still good as new.



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well heres the deal... I came in around one last night and managed to leave my sunroof open. It was nice, clear skys, etc. Some time during the night it started raining, and rained all night.

So I dried it up this morning as best I could, and cleaned and conditioned the leather, but when I sit in the seat for more than a minute or 2 my but starts to get wet.

Has anyone else had this happen? Will it dry out after a day or 2 in the sun? Have I ruined anything? Would you reccomend using or not using the seat warmers untill it dries out? How should I go about this? -Tim
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This is what I did to a legend that got flooded about 3 years ago. It's a real pain but it's the right way to do it. Did water get in the rear seats?

1. Remove all the seats (driver, passenger, and rear).
2. Remove the center console parts.
3. Remove the carpet (You will have to get scissors to cut the middle carpet behind the radio area)

If you see rust anywhere on metal parts, get WD-40 and scrub the rust off.

For the leather, it will take up to a week to dry (because the water got inside the insulation also). Purchase leather shampoo and conditionder and clean your leather. The molecules from the rain will harden some of your leather if you don't clean it. Since you already cleaned it, then most likely you won't have to clean it again.

For the carpet, just shampoo it and vaccuum it.

There will be a smell (like a water stain smell), but just get air fresheners and the smell will be gone in a couple months.
It's way too much to do, but in the end it's all worth it.
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