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Windscreen de-icing advice

Having just taken delivery of a 159 TI, I am keen to keep it in as good a nick as possible. Any suggestions on de-icing in the morning. I have been told of a few problems with the usual suggestions: cold water refreezes; warm water may cause cracking and de-icing spray may cause problems with paint work in the event that some spills onto the bodywork; and plastic scrapers scratch the windscreen. To what extent are these "stories" true, and so which is the best way to go.

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Re: Windscreen de-icing advice

As long as the plastic scraper is not too hard, use the scraper every time. Glass will scratch only if there is grit and dirt in there too or you catch rings/jewlelry on it.

If you are really that scared press your hands on the ice and use the heat to clear the bit in front of the drivers side.

Last option is to stick the windows onto demist and wait for the heat of the car to melt the frost. You will be late for work though.

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I tend to drive around with my head out the window until the windscreen defrosts. Mind, it does make me ears ring a bit on the motorway in these cold mornings.
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Re: Windscreen de-icing advice

I use cold water on the windscreen and keep the wipers going to keep it clear - anything that refreezes will be minimal and quickly dissipated by the warming air hitting the windscreen. Side windows I use a plastic scraper. Rear window, the screen heater works just fine.
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Just use luke warm water and get the wipers going - never had an issue withthe screen cracking.

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Tesco's or Halfords aerosol de-icers are as good as any. Tried the night before stuff but it sets like treacle Usually though, my car is garaged It's the wife who does the de-icing on her GT as she's out first
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I just start the car and wait for the engine to warm up. Pity Ford won't let other manufacturers use there heated front screen system that clears it in no time
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Or just put a piece of something soft on the windscreen evenings. Carpet underlay or the like..
Pull of AM - bingo no ice..
 
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De-icer has never bothered my paintwork. I think people worry too much over things like this. De-ice or crash I say

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I stick a small fan heater in mine for 5 mins - melts all the ice and warms the inside of the car up nicely so the windows don't steam up.
 
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Put a towel over the screen, or use an old credit card to scrape
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De-icer has never bothered my paintwork. I think people worry too much over things like this. De-ice or crash I say

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Just use luke warm water and get the wipers going - never had an issue withthe screen cracking.
Thats what I do, stops the inside of the screen fogging up too.
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"and de-icing spray may cause problems with paint work in the event that some spills onto the bodywork"

Its true!!! I sprayed our Alfa with deicer and when I went out later there was just a red blob on the ground where the car had been...Spooky.

Used the stuff for 40 years on paintwork and I'm still waiting for it to do some damage. Antifreeze is a different matter though keep that miles away from paintwork and keep a large bucket of water nearby just in case you do spill any on the paint.

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I wait till it melts. Have moved car into sunshine.
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Get a potatoe cut it in half (potatoes dont freeze) smear over window
at night and hey presto no ice makes a mess though
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You guys and gals are great. Thanks for the tips from "Nervous Newbie"
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That should read tips FOR the Newbie
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I Pity Ford won't let other manufacturers use there heated front screen system that clears it in no time
We have a focus with the heated front screen and they are excellent, the heated washer jets are worth having too, just makes life that little bit easier.
 
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Use a can of de-icer. No probs.
 
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I wait till it melts. Have moved car into sunshine.
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Re: Windscreen de-icing advice

Secure behind gates parking, so let her warm up for a few mins, but if you haven't got this facility, quality non-corrosive de-icer?: Don't advise the hot water method, have seen a few cracked screens over the years. OK, you may get away with it, but??:
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Lord Melch. As wonderful and tempting the idea to move to California happens to be, I would have to sell the Alfa to get a Left Hand drive!
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Yip it looks like its time to build that garage...
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Think of that smoke and debris clogging the filters! In CA.:
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