Fiction can either be a mirror reflecting you back to yourself or it can be a clean pane of glass looking on the outside. Neel Mukherjee
When I put something on my car, particularly when it has adhesive, I want it to adhere. But there is a “But” which tends to cause competing expectations. (I want something to stay where I put it. But, if I want it moved, it should be easy to remove and relocate.) I spent a week deciding the best place to mount a dashcam, reading the California statutes governing such things and then mounting it. But after a spate of cooler mornings, I was annoyed that the corner where it was mounted did not “defrost” – I think the dash air vent was blocked by the camera -and wipers do not reach that corner on the outside. Nothing worse than a camera looking through “whiteout” conditions for the most perilous part (starting out) of a commute.
So I decided to move it. I planned what I would need. I ordered replacement 2-sided sticky pads. I was able to pry the camera mount from the lower left corner of the windshield but the sticky residue and part of the pad remained. What do I use to get THAT off? Before I rearranged the garage I had a cabinet full of lubricants, adhesives, glass cleaners and car stuff. I couldn’t remember where I moved them. But I reasoned I can always go to a Lowes -they have all that stuff.
So I moved it. A new position top center right of the mirror. In less than a day, the mount ceased sticking just as I was pulling out. Camera (and mount) fell. I have a nice recording of my dash, my lap, and a
ticked off startled driver.
And now I have two gooey black squares on the windshield to clean. For three days commuting, my eyes are drawn to irritating blotches on the glass. This is a life lesson. I started with the end in mind – put a dashcam in my car. However, I did not engineer. Observe, Weigh options. Test. Read the directions.
I have “goo” remover now. And more adhesive sticky tape. Calm will return to the center of my universe.