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Best way to de-ice car

Whats the best way to de-ice the car without just waiting on it heating up. Is it scraping windows or deicer? any other suggestions. Ive seen scratched windows from scraping them and i heard deicer damages paint and seals.

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Re: Best way to de-ice car

Now that is a good question.

I recommend a sheet over the windscreen, but my wife says that is too pikey.
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Re: Best way to de-ice car

Not at all, cover is best. If you cant be arsed with a cover, warm water is my next port of call. A whole car cover is best, but something over the screen helps.
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Re: Best way to de-ice car

the best way is to start the car up and run it till the windows defrost. unless you have a pre heater fitted but i don't think that was a uk option.

another way is to put a hot water bottle on the dashboard half hour before you drive the car.

don't use boiling water as you will break the glass. However warm/hot water will refreeze straight away again
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Re: Best way to de-ice car

Any recommendations for suppliers of cheap but acceptable quality (non-paintwork damaging) car covers?
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the best way is to start the car up and run it till the windows defrost. unless you have a pre heater fitted but i don't think that was a uk option.

another way is to put a hot water bottle on the dashboard half hour before you drive the car.

don't use boiling water as you will break the glass. However warm/hot water will refreeze straight away again
While this is an option, I suspect most wont be fannying about with hot water bottles or even possess such a thing LOL
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Now that is a good question.

I recommend a sheet over the windscreen, but my wife says that is too pikey.
our next door neighbour put a black bag over her windscreen,the next morning she had to scrape ice and a black bag of the screen

i just scrape and put heater on in car usually clears quite fast
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Re: Best way to de-ice car

does rainx help or stop the frost sticking?
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it can do. you can get a screen cover that has suckers on to stick it to the screen. a lot less hassle than a full cover
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Does anyone know where I can buy a specially made and good quality car cover?
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Re: Best way to de-ice car

I much prefer to make a bowl of porridge and a mug of hot coffee & sit in the car whilst it warms up gently.

When the temp is low it can take a while for the thick oil to circulate so I never like revving the engine from cold.
On mornings, I get a tiny bit of squeak from bearings until the oil warms enough to get all round the engine - I basically use this as my guide for driving away.

In any case, sitting in the car whilst it warms up & having my brekkie means I get away from the wife whingeing because the kids aren't up (she's never happy unless she's moaning).

I did buy a small electric heater for the dash - about as much use as a chocolate teapot - I also then realised that the additional load on the electrics will need me to increase the engine rpm to cope - just what I don't really want to do.

As for car covers, I saw one advertised on QVC or similar which was like a parachute type material & packs into a special holder with a hand crank on the side. it had a small hook on the end which you hook to the underside of the front bumper then walk to the rear of the car allowing the cover to unroll - I think you tied the end off somehow or chucked the holder under the car. to remove it, just unhook from the front & wind it into the holder at the rear of the car.
Like everything else on those shopping channels - who knows?
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Re: Best way to de-ice car

ive been using the tepid water method for years now, use enough of it and it will warm the screen enough not to re freeze it
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ive been using the tepid water method for years now, use enough of it and it will warm the screen enough not to re freeze it
Sorry if this is a highly stupid question but, Tepid Water?
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