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Defrosting car windscreen - what works fast?

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cathcat Mon 09-Nov-09 17:54:08

We had really bad frost today and that has reminded me how much time I waste getting ice and frost off my windscreen. Anyone know what works well?

cocolepew Mon 09-Nov-09 17:55:30

Water, but not hot or you'll crack your windscreen

GunpowderTreasonAndDragons Mon 09-Nov-09 17:56:38

I put those silver foil windscreen protectors on the night before. the ice forms on them, not the glass.

cathcat Mon 09-Nov-09 18:00:40

Where did you get yours Gunpowder? I got a plastic sheet thing from Halfords last year but no idea where it is now. Not much good anyway.

heymammy Mon 09-Nov-09 18:00:41

yup, water that is only slightly warmer than your body temp

<<disclaimer...if this cracks your windscreen then your water was too hot>> grin

fruitshootsandheaves Mon 09-Nov-09 18:01:28

get a garage grin

TrinityHasAVampireRhino Mon 09-Nov-09 18:02:53

or tuen your car on before yolu need to go out in it

I want those wondscreen cover things

cathcat Mon 09-Nov-09 18:06:29

I have a garage. Car has never been in it! blush

cathcat Mon 09-Nov-09 18:07:46

Does this one look any good?

fruitshootsandheaves Mon 09-Nov-09 18:09:14

We also have a garage full of junk anything but cars!

southeastastra Mon 09-Nov-09 18:11:07

de-icer spray

BiscuitFace Mon 09-Nov-09 18:11:40

just scrape it off. its not that difficult

ps my next car will have heated windows

cathcat Mon 09-Nov-09 18:13:39

Scraping it takes ages - I live in a COLD place! Okay it is not Sweden or Norway but still cold!

upahill Mon 09-Nov-09 18:17:36

I use the side of a CD case!!

Emprexia Mon 09-Nov-09 18:17:45

water, anti-freeze or a heated windscreen grin

bluejeans Mon 09-Nov-09 18:31:51

De-icer in a pump spray thing not an aerosol (3 for 2 at halfords) - and preferably a DH to do it while you eat your breakfast smile

yama Mon 09-Nov-09 19:11:12

We use hot water.

FritesMenthe Mon 09-Nov-09 19:20:45

de-icer, heated windscreen on, engine on and fan at full blast hot.
Oh, and most importantly, do all this then go back indoors and finish your breakfast. Assuming your car won't get nicked in the meantime of course.
I got caight by surprise this morning too.

yama Mon 09-Nov-09 19:33:30

Hot water is a 30 second job.

AMumInScotland Mon 09-Nov-09 19:57:22

Another one for warm water here - just tepid is enough. One big jug-full will clear all my windows. First start the engine and turn on your fans/heaters/etc, then drizzle the water, put the jug back in the house and lock the door, and set off!

GunpowderTreasonAndDragons Mon 09-Nov-09 21:30:40

My screen things came from Tchibo. I put one on the front and with a bit of creativeness fit one on the rear. The window Sox I have for summer seem to do a good job of protecting the rear windows which just leaves me the front side ones to de-ice.

GunpowderTreasonAndDragons Mon 09-Nov-09 21:31:28

The problem with using water is that, if it's cold enough, it freezes all over your windscreen again.

Royalsom Sun 27-Dec-15 23:26:29

I know this thread has been inactive for a while however we have created a nice blog on defrosting your windscreen. We hope it is a help to some people if I'm sorry just thought it would come in handy.
Many thanks,

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