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How to remove snow from the car... Winter is coming !

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by S3 Paul, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. S3 Paul
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    Is there a safe way to clear snow from car paint work?
    I was thinking from the weather reports i keep seeing... sooner or later im going to open the curtains and see a white S3 where i parked a blue one the night before
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    JD09 I'm not modding, I'm improving

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    Interesting one, I would warm the car up personally... I understand your concerns though... snow sliding down paintwork, with potential grit in it is not wanted!
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    A very slick surface should repel snow to a large extent - something like Werkstat Acrylic is very slick. I'd try not to touch the snow unless it's really deep.

    For the glass and headlights, a top quality glass sealant like Nanolex Premium Nanolex Premium Glass Sealant | Nanolex Car Care & Detailing Products or Urban Nanolex Urban Glass Sealant | Nanolex Car Care & Detailing Products will help stop frost bonding and also prevent snow building up.

    (We had some snow here last week. Not quite the 4ft we had last winter yet though.....)
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    Why not just buy a car cover if your so worried about the snow?
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    Probably because they'll cover the car in scratches.....

    If the car isn't spotless when a cover's applied, or if the cover isn't spotless on the inside, as you move the cover over the paint, it'll scratch the paint.
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    Regardless of cleanliness, 99% of car covers will scratch due to what they're made of as well! Had this experience after wanting to protect the car over a two week holiday (bird droppings etc). Came back to a car needing faint correction again.

    Not happy.
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    Not good at all.

    My post was based on non-experience: I've never used a cover. And never intend to! Your post has confirmed that even further.
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    Snow must be cleared from a car before driving it anywhere as it's a danger to other road users when iced up clods of it fly of your car at 50mph into their windscreen.

    Why not justy pour warm water over the car, I mean luke warm, avoiding pouring directly onto glass and you'll be fine. Couple this with heating on in the car to ensure that windows don't re-ice. Works for me and has done for years.
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    personally use a dustpan (with rubber lip) to shovel the wind screen clear but obviously not the paintwork, after a slow crawl down the road most loose stuff will fall off as you gather speed (if you can)
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    I used to put a towel on the windscreen, get out lift off and away you go.
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    Wouldn't that just cave in under snow?

    Doesen't look sturdy enough to withstand a bit of snow, but going in the right direction i suppose.
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    i would say the best way is to try and keep your car clean so if the snow does slip down the paint its got less chance of scratching it , what i did last year was to warm the car up
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    usually i clear the snow almost down to the surface by hand then pour warm water on all windows etc to clear the rest.
    to be honest though if there is a lot of snow i call in snowed in and go back to bed!
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    tbh the water doesnt need to be all that warm! just straight from the tap does it for me! :)

    I used to not really care with my Corsa/106 and just push/slide it all off.. but i've been paying special attn. to my A3 now and wouldn't dare!
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    i have a small portable heater, like a mini space heater, set it to a gentle heat and it clears snow in seconds. i also have a bar heater specifically to leave under the car to warm the engine before starting it in sub zero temperatures.
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    i drive fast, it blows off, stop hard and it falls off. then i call my mate and ask him if he wants my quattro to pull his 5 series off his driveway!!! Ha Ha
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