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    Any suggestions for keeping my interior free from moisture?

    My car dosne't get used that often so moisture tends to build up on the inside. This has been made worse with the stupidly cold weather we've had.

    Now i can't use the AC to dry the air, mainly due to the fact that i binned it. I've changed the pollen filter but it doesn't get used enough to keep changing it.

    With the car being stood for anywhere upto 3 weeks, it cae be a problem. In a couple of months or so i'll have Clifford remote start fitted so i can start the car for a few minutes everyday and leave it stodd whilst I have breakefast or what have you.

    IU was thinking of using silica gel balls, the same as you get in trainers to draw moisture from the air. I can get hold of a small dehumidifyer but that would need leaving plugged in and would only be a quick fix.

    Any help would be great, cheers
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    If you need silica gel let me know as I can get it from work in 150 and 250 gram bags.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lee gsi View Post
    If you need silica gel let me know as I can get it from work in 150 and 250 gram bags.
    Top man,l i was just looking around on google as it happens

    Do the bags it comes in work as part of it, or do the beads need transferring to a permeable bag?
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    Works as part of it.

    Just bung them in the car and when they are full of moisture just dry them out again.
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    Ok cool, silly question, how do you dry them out?
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    http://www.southernexposure.com/libr...lica-gel.html:

    HOW TO REGENERATE (RE-DRY) SILICA GEL

    There are two methods used for re-drying silica gel. One method uses the oven, and the other uses the microwave. Before you use either method please read the all the safety precautions described below:

    1. Oven drying method: This method gives the best results even though it takes longer. Set the oven for 275oF. Place the silica gel in an appropriate container and dry the gel until it turns medium blue. The oven drying method takes approximately 1-1/2 hours per quart of gel. One quart of gel equals weighs approximately 1.9 lbs (30 ounces).


    2. Microwave drying method: Place the silica gel in an appropriate container and set the microwave power to the medium to medium high setting. Dry for approximately 3 to 5 minutes and inspect the gel for color change. If the gel has not dried, stir it with a spoon and heat it for another 3 to 5 minutes. Stir the gel each time it is inspected. Approximate drying time is 8 to 12 minutes per pound of gel. The actual heating times will vary according to the type of microwave. You may set the power setting on high but please be careful not to overheat the gel.
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    ok what is classed as an appropriate containers, and how many quarts or pounds is 150 and 250g?
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    You can get these type of things pre-made, they just need to go in the oven for a while between uses. Places like Wilkinsons, Kleenezee etc often advertise them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nry View Post
    You can get these type of things pre-made, they just need to go in the oven for a while between uses. Places like Wilkinsons, Kleenezee etc often advertise them.
    Hmmm, it seems lots of places sell ready made bags with hangers in them, i could hang them from my cage when it's parkerd up and stash them in the boot when on the move

    I've found a place online selling 4 x 250g hanging bags for £28 which i didn't think was too bad. But then i don't know the general cost of silica gelo
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    Just need to cover postage costs for mine as they throw it away.

    I have about 1kg of it here I think as the telescope guys use it too.
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