If you’re a Colorado driver, you know that winters in the Centennial State can be harsh. Especially when the temperatures drop, you may find a significant amount of ice frozen onto your car. Obviously, an icy car is inconvenient, especially if you need to start your morning commute, or head home at the end of a long work day.
Thankfully, removing ice from your car in Colorado may be easier than you think. Follow these DIY ice removal tips to help you get back in the driver’s seat this winter.
First off, resist the urge to rush through home ice removal. We know that you have a packed schedule to keep, but trying to remove ice from your car quickly can lead to damage. The last thing you want is to have to head to the auto glass repair shop after you de-ice your car.
Also, scraping ice off of your car can be a physically demanding job. Especially when you’re out in the bitter cold, you may need to take small breaks throughout the ice removal process. By expecting and planning for these breaks, you can stay in good spirits as you work to thaw your car.
Use The Right Tools.
Using tools for ice removal that aren’t safe for use on cars can leave scratches in your car’s paint. So, to avoid having to get a fresh paint job for your car, make sure that you have the right tools.
Regular brooms and shovels shouldn’t be used to remove ice from your car. Even nylon snow brushes can damage the car’s paint. A foam snow brush is your safest bet for ice removal, as it’s completely non-abrasive. Some foam snow brushes are even designed to avoid contact with the surface of your car.
The Ideal Scraping Motion
Scraping ice from your car in straight lines is usually your best option. This way, if the brush somehow scratches your car’s paint, a straight scratch won’t be particularly noticeable. If you use circular motions, on the other hand, you could end up with an obtrusive scratch.
Don’t Scrape Down To The Surface.
When you’re scraping ice off of the surface of your car, it can be tempting to scrape off every last bit, right down to the surface of your car. But, in doing so, you’ll up your risk for scratching the paint.
We recommend that you avoid any contact with the surface of the car while scraping ice. Instead, scrape down most of the ice and leave the final layer to melt off. If the sun is out, it may be enough to melt the last bit of ice. If not, the heat of your car’s engine will do the trick.
Switch On The Defrosters.
As soon as you start working to remove the ice, turn on your car’s front and rear defrosters. This will significantly speed up the ice removal process by warming up your car from the inside out.
The defrosters will warm up your car and help to get rid of ice – namely on the windows and the hood of your car. Just be sure to unlock the doors and keep the tailpipe clear when you do this.
Spray on Some Alcohol.
Clear alcohol, whether it be rubbing alcohol or spirits like vodka and rum, can be effective at defrosting your car windows. Put the alcohol in a spray bottle and spritz your windows, then wipe them down with a soft rag. Defrosting your windows with alcohol is quick, stops fogging, and will leave your auto glass sparkling clean.
Skip The Hot Water.
While it may seem intuitive to pour hot water on your car to melt off the ice, doing so isn’t a good idea. The large difference in temperatures between the water and your frozen car could cause damage, including a cracked windshield or windows. Pouring hot water on a frozen car can even cause metal to warp.
You can, however, pour lukewarm water over ice on windows and door locks to keep more ice from developing. This is a good trick when temperatures and snowfall aren’t letting up. Just make sure to catch the runoff with a squeegee!