Talking of de icer....

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  1. Ayub

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    I never keep my deicer in the car ( its pointless really) i keep it on the shelf and when its snowing/frosty i take it out spray put away etc. I dont see the reason of sticking it in the boot and when i cant get in the bloody to get to it to de ice my car .

    Can you see my point?

    Anyone else?
     
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    Mmmm , interesting

    I always carry it in case I can help someone else .
     
  3. Hitby

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    mine went in the rear passenger footwell with a scraper until i got my mondy with heated windscreen - don't bother now!
     
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    You would still need it for side windows surely .
     
  5. Hitby

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    nah, just wind them down and up and they're clear enough :)
     
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    Not here on the frost we've had this month , I also don't let the car idle away till the heater defrosts the side windows , waste of petrol .
     
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    For me it takes about 3 minutes for the front and rear screens to clear as well as enough of the sides to see both my mirrors. I normally have to wait at least that for my missus who is already 'ready' anyway :)
     
  8. Nik555

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    Hot water out of the tap. Done it since I started driving over 10 years ago and not one screen cracked. Takes two seconds and then im away, no mucking around with stupid de-icer waste of money.

    Nik
     
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    I make up de-icer at work using stuff in the lab :D

    cheap as chips; in fact, free! kept an old squirty bottle and just keep topping it up.

    I've gone through a fair bit the last few weeks mind


    Do keep one in the passenger footwell now though, as I've never had the door freeze on me yet - got enough inside the porch to defrost the lock should that happen though :smashin:
     
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    I keep the de-icer in passenger footwell with the scrapper. wouldnt want to get stranded at work! :eek:
     
  11. Ayub

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    Also, i use the "trigger" type of deicer . It lasts me at least 2 winters . The can only seems to last a few times. The trigger type i buy is from morrisons for £1.20 ish.
     
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    My ice scrapper snapped recently, i was stuck with using concentrated windscreen wash.

    Worked a treat! :thumbsup:




    waste of windscreen wash though...:rolleyes:
     
  13. Ron240

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    Your joking...right? :rotfl:

    I have been driving for 25 years and have never used de-icer, i dont like the stuff, and certainly dont like the thought of it accidentally getting on my paintwork.
    For 18 of my driving years i have had cars with heated front screens(cant understand why they are not common with all manufacturers), and they are great but if you dont have time to wait, they can still sometimes need a helping hand with a scraper if the frost is particularly severe.
    I dont mind using a scraper, it doesnt take long.

    On the subject of the door freezing up...ive had this on occassion, but its not been the lock(have mostly had remote central locking), its been the door seal that has stuck all the way round.....had to carefully pull it open. This is one situation where hot water would be acceptable.
     
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    Not joking mate....are you?

    Never had a problem, even using boiling water also!

    Haven't got time to muck around with de-icer and a scraper in the morning.

    Cheers Nik
     
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    de-icer won't do anything to your paintwork, if you literally soak the car in it, your main worry should be it eating away at the seals. but paintwork won't be affected.

    the stuff in de-icer is also found in a lot of paints actually :smashin:

    disclaimer: i cannot be held responsible for any loss of paintwork :rotfl:
     
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    I've just started doing the same thing.

    I seen a guy in our block doing it with a kettle, and I though, why don't I stick the kettle on, heat water up a litte, funnel it into an empty bottle and take it with me.

    It's cheaper, faster and more effective :thumbsup:
     
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    yip, hot water for me every time. Although i find on very cold days i need to give the "watered" screen a quick swish of the wipers to remove any liquid or it can freeze again very quickly.:smashin:
     
  18. Ron240

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    So many people doing it....so must be the best way to go.
    Next really hard frost im gonna do it the right way - boil up a kettle full of water and pour it all over my windscreen.
    Ive never held much belief in the laws of physics anyway. :devil:
     
  19. cas398

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    I wouldn't boil it personally. Luke-warm is more than sufficent I find.

    I thought the same as yourself when I seen that guy in our block doing it, standing out on the street at 8am with a kettle :rotfl:
     
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    Has anyone ever went out on a frosty morning, shook up the de-icer tin, remove the lid and then squirt de-icer directly into your eye?? :D (then tried driving 10 miles using only one eye while the other burns like hell),

    I did :rolleyes: and have never used the stuff since....if I use anything at all now its just warm water.
     
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    :rotfl: i had a few run ins with the stuff too, i used to have Mk3 Golf, the window used to freeze on the inside as well as the outside:eek: so in my wisdom i thought it would be a good idea to spray it in the car:rolleyes:

    NOT A GOOD IDEA!!!

    i keep it in my house now as i used to keep it in the car but it was absolutely freezing and when you spray it it gets even worse, i could hardly hold the can!
     
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    I've had this problem a few times, don't know the best way to deal with though :confused:
     
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    shall i book autowindscreens for you now :eek: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
     
  24. Ron240

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    No, that wont be necessary, but its exactly the reaction i was looking for. :D
     
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    tried something else the other day before it snowed. just as i pulled into the drive i squirted my washers and a quick wipe with the wipers to get it over the screen. well it worked, the wifes car was frozen over and mine was as clean as a preachers bedsheets
     
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    Thats not a bad idea, would depend on your mixture of winter screen wash though.
    I have a 2 + 1 wipe minimum when activating my washers, so would probably be spread too thin to work....but i will try it next chance i get. :)
     
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    scraper every time for me, wack the heaters on by the time I've done the windows my mirrors and screns have usually defrosted.

    I would never use boiling water and actually almost lamped my neighbour when he thought he would help and tipped a kettle of boiling water over my misses' two day old mini, did no harm lucky for him.

    Has anyone ever actually cracked a windscreen using boiling water, everyone bangs on how bad it is but never come accross anyone who has come a cropper
     
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    turn engine off when in down position ;)
     
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    Exactly, Thats the way, Funnily enough just cold water straight out of the tap does the job as well :thumbsup: Just carry a big bottle of it in the boot, It doesn't get cold enough too freeze it, not where I live any way :smashin:
     
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    Everyone bangs on about cracked windscreens but I do not know anyone who has ever cracked one with hot water on a cold screen. Don't forget glass is rapidly cooled when it is annealed or toughened. (Annealed glass used in a car windscreen.) Doesn't crack then does it?

    Cheers Nik
     

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