Wing mirror covers are easily damaged on contact and are prone to cracking or falling off completely in minor accidents. If all other parts of the wing mirror are still intact and functioning then you may be able to buy the cover on its own. What you need to be aware of when buying mirror covers is the finish. What we mean by this is whether the outside surface is a textured plastic or colour coded to match your car’s bodywork. Now, unfortunately, mirror covers are not supplied painted to match the colour of your car. They are supplied in grey primer ready for you to paint or get painted by a Bodyshop.
If you’re thinking of doing the job yourself you could check out our DIY guide to painting with aerosols – we used a mirror cover in the demo video
Wing mirrors differ from the driver’s side to the passenger side so it’s important that the correct wing mirror is purchased for the side that needs replacing. Here are some things to find out before you take the plunge and purchase a complete wing mirror:
- Drivers Side (RH otherwise known as Off-Side or O/S) or Passengers Side (LH otherwise known as Near Side or N/S)
- Foldable or Fixed Wing Mirror? (if it folds, does it fold electrically or manually?)
- Mirror Glass Manually or Electrically adjustable?
- Heated or not?
- Built in Indicator Light or puddle light?
- Outer finish – colour coded or black textured plastic
Wing Mirror Glass
When shopping for a replacement wing mirror glass there are a few things you need to look out for. The convexity or the flatness of the mirror varies from side to side (to help eliminate blind spots), the driver’s side mirror glass is usually flatter than that of the passenger side. So it is crucial that you buy the correct mirror for the side that needs replacing. Some cars also have a ‘wide angle’ section on the glass, signified by a faint line. On our website the fitting position of the mirror appears in the title of the product and in the product details.
Most cars now come with electrically heated mirrors to help with de-frosting and to keep them clear in wet conditions. Cars with heated wing mirrors will usually have an internal control switch or the mirror glass itself may have a small symbol indicating a heating function.
In most cars, the mirror glass can be adjusted internally, either manually or electrically. Manually adjustable mirrors are connected via cables to a knob inside the car to allow adjustment and electrically adjustable mirrors will have a switch, usually on the door which connects to an electric motor inside the mirror housing to adjust the position of the glass.
Wing Mirror Cover
Wing mirror covers are used to protect the housings of the wing mirrors i.e. the internal mechanical parts behind the mirror. Covers vary from the driver to the passenger side so it is important to make sure you select the correct one. Our covers either come in grey primer, ready to be painted to match the colour of the car or in a textured black/grey plastic. If your car has wing mirrors with built-in indicators then you will need to select a mirror cover that allows for this. See image to the left for an example.
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