As the weather is starting to get colder I have been starting to dig out my de-icer and scrapers and such like from the depths of the garage. I have used Bluecol de-icer many times in the past and have always found it to be a good powerful spray which does actually work. I bought my last can about a month ago from Amazon for £2.99 as I was ordering quite a few other things from there and as it was free delivery I thought it would save me from looking round for it, as it is not as widely available as other de-icers, however I note that Asda are currently selling it for £2.50. I have still got a bottle left from last year but there is only a very small amount in the bottom, a trait of mine which drives my husband mad as I like to eke the very last little bit of things out of bottles and cans and will keep things until they are practically bone dry as I do like to get my moneys worth!
Mine is a 600ml can but it does also come in 500ml in a spray bottle, but I do prefer a can as I find that you can direct it more accurately and there is no waste which you can sometimes get with a spray as you can spray the exact amount you need and as soon as you take your finger off the nozzle it stops spraying.
The one downside to it being a pressurised can is that if you do keep it in your car or even a cold garage it is extremely cold to the touch sometimes to the point of being painful, but if you wear gloves this will help. I don't usually keep this in the car as I will usually spray the car before I get in as I find that this gives me the best results if I do this and then get in the car and put the heater and heated screen on full. As I never allow myself any extra time for this I need to clear the car in the quickest way possible and find this de-icer is really powerful and efficient in melting even a thick layer of ice and I don't often have to get back out of the car to use the scraper.
As with most de-icers it has a sort of chemical smell but it is not unpleasant. It is harmful if swallowed and is extremely flammable and you should also take care not breathe in the fumes or spray while you are using it. It is meant to work up to -36 degrees so if we ever have a proper arctic winter I am confident that I will be able to still clear my car.
I find that a few sprays each side of the windscreen and rear screen, and one spray in the centre of each window is usually plenty as it seems to spread out as it is sinking into the ice. I will hold the can around eight to twelve inches away from the area I am spraying and I have never had any trouble with the can sticking or not spraying for any reason.
I have found that one can will last me through a complete winter in the past so I think that £2.99 is a very good price to pay for doing such a good job as it does. I have used other makes in the past but really do like this Bluecol de-icer spray as it is powerful and efficient and works very quickly. It comes highly recommended by me and fully deserves a 5 star rating.
My car Is outside and I don't have a garage, also I am now living in West Yorkshire so it is not exactly the Bahamas ! The car has been frosted up this morning as I wrote this and it is really sunny today.
I have used Blue col defroster before when there was lots of snow and ice, and I started trying new ways of clearing the windscreen as it was taking hours to get to work , as the frost would not go and the whole car was frozen solid ( at 7 am ).
This Defroster is very powerful stuff and when you coat the windscreen and windows with this ( after removing the snow of course ) it just melts all the ice and frost in 10 minutes or a bit more. The light frost you get on a cold morning will go as soon as you spray this on, if it is frozen thick and hard ice it will take a bit longer.
There are lots of chemicals involved in a product like this and I do not like over using chemicals , but when the car is very frosted and I need to use it, this is a good thing to have on standby, rather than try and leave with the car being unsafe.
Other de Icers are not as powerful or long lasting, this one will protect the windscreen from frost for quite a while after you spray it on.
Each can costs £2.50 and contains 600 ml which will last a few weeks in the winter using it every day or the whole winter if you only do the windscreen when it is frozen with ice.
This will work at up to - 25 c Tesco doesn't sell it, I have just tried to pick some up at our superstore while doing my shopping, they had Tesco own and another brand in a red can at £3.
I shall go to Halfords, then try another supermarket as I haven't bought any where I live up here.
WHAT IS IT?
A tin of chemical liquid that you spray on your car windows to melt the ice in cold weather. It is safe to be used when the temperature is below freezing point.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You just spray the deicer onto your car windows and leave it for a few seconds for it to start melting the ice. The deicer comes in an aerosol tin and that makes it very easy to put the right amount on your windows for the amount of ice that has developed over the night or during the day.
WHAT I THINK
I never scrape my windows because I have long manicured nails and I do not want to spoil them so I always use deicer instead. This Bluecol deicer is very effective on thin ice and also if the ice is lying thicker than usual on my car windscreen, I have used it when there is a light dusting of snow also and it melts that as easy as it does ice that has set in sheets. It sprays smooth out of the tin and when I press on the spray it comes out fine and that makes it very quick to apply to my windows. It melts the ice and snow while my car is warming up so I am ready to drive off without having to scrape the ice myself.
It does not smell very nice and this deicer has got a very chemical smell that gets into the car sometimes through the vents if I drive off too quickly after I have sprayed it. It does not make my windows smear and also does not ice back up even if the weather is still very cold while I am getting my car ready for my journey.
I like that this deicer works quickly because I brought some from the pound shop at Christmas that took a long time to melt the ice even if there was only a small amount on the windows. I like that I can see this one working as soon as I have sprayed it and I never have to spray it again because enough comes out the first time. My husband used it to spray the windows on his shed when we had cold weather in February and it worked there as well and he said it stopped the windows from icing up again so quickly.
Bluecol Sub Zero Deicer costs £2.50 and I buy mine from a car spares shop near to where I live.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
It was February and I had managed to lose my favourite pair of driving gloves and have a massive mot/ service/ repair bill for my dearest darling car. Just to make that all feel a bit better, someone in their infinite wisdom decided that it was going to be bloody freezing for the foreseeable. Given, I do live in Scotland, so it's got to be expected I guess. Unfortunately that comes hand in hand with having to leave 15 minutes earlier than usual so as to get the car de-iced and legal to drive in time to get to work. Rather than sitting with the car running waiting patiently for the ice to melt, I much prefer to give it a helping hand with some de-icer. It's starting to creep into "that time of year" where my fingers are ready to fall off again. I have stocked up on an even nicer pair of driving gloves and the de-icer is sitting at the ready. Bluecol to the rescue!
---Cold, Hard History---
The can of Bluecol Sub-Zero De-Icer informs me that Bluecol (made by smiths industries) has been around since 1937 and was the first all year round antifreeze. Even living in Scotland, I'm not sure I'd need antifreeze all year, but hey ho. It also says that it's what most manufacturers used for cars busses and trucks for "years". I can only assume that's true since I'd never actually heard of them till the beginning of this year! I will, however, forgive them for that because they have a cute little robin red breast on the can wearing a little hat with a bobble. Everyone say "Aww!"
They do a range of anti-freeze products for internal and external use (on your car) and if you want to perouse their range, they even have a website (www.blucol.co.uk).
---Ice, ice, baby---
First things first, this product works. Unlike other de-icers I used at the start of the year, it's got a good spray on it so you aren't standing for ages waiting for the windows of your car to be sufficiently covered for the product to start working. Soon as this stuff hits the ice you can see it melt. It doesn't even leave any ice under whats melted like other products I've used.
The coldest temperature my car has recorded this year has been -6 degrees. Bluecol is more than ready to work at this temperature as it can work down to -25. I'm pretty sure if it was -25 you'd not really want to be going out in your car though.
There is enough in each can (600ml) to de-ice your whole car (windscreen, back window, side windows, mirrors, and all your lights) about 7 times. Near the end of your can it does become a bit iffy as the pressure has ran down, but it still works better than most other de-icers I've used with the little dribble that comes out!
The only downside of this de-icer is the fact that it's in a pressurized metal can. If, like me, you are ridiculously forgetful, you might wish to leave your can of de-icer in the car for emergencies. If you do that, however, you are liable to burn your fingers on the can as it gets as cold as the ice you are trying to defrost. If you've got a decent scraper, your fingers will get less frost bitten using that if you've kept it in the car. I guess it just depends how lazy you want to be!
If you are sensible or less forgetful, you should probably keep the can somewhere a bit warmer such as your house and if you do have a brain like a sieve, maybe pop it by the door! Thankfully I've moved house since February and if I DO forget the can, it's no longer a two story hike through a close full of junkies to get back to the house. It's a ten meter walk down the garden path. Much more acceptable!
---Smells like a storms coming...---
One aspect I never really enjoy about de-icers is the smell. Ask my boyfriend and he will tell you I could pick out a bad smell a mile off. Due to my ridiculously sensitive nose, I tend not to enjoy de-icing the car. A lot of de-icers have a terrible smell of sulfur and ammonia. This de-icer on the other hand, doesn't actually smell that bad. There's a very light chemical smell, but overall it's fairly odourless.
---Freezing your assets---
Thankfully, you won't need to break the bank with this product, while not being the cheapest, it's definitely worth it for what you get. It's currently £1.50 in my local Asda but can jump up to £2 occasionally. I've never actually seen it in any other shop so I'm not sure how widely available it is, but it's totally worth risking your life by going to Asda! I tend to buy three or four cans at a time so I don't need to go back for another month or two. Currently I have three cans waiting for the weather to plummet into the depths of winter again.
---Be careful out there---
Other things you may need to know. This product contains less than 5% aliphatic hydrocarbons. What does that actually mean? You've got me, but it's on the tin. As far as I can see some hydrocarbons are toxic, others aren't. I'm not sure if it's a big deal, but if you're up on your chemistry then you might have an idea.
The product is highly flammable, so probably best not to be smoking while you de-ice, if only because it's a terrible habit. If you do decide to light it for a giggle, just remember to snuff the flames out before you take your finger off the spray top or the flame will get sucked back inside and you're liable to explode. So I'm told. I never actually witnessed anything of the sort in my childhood, I promise. (mainly because anyone at my school was apparently up on their safety when lighting hairspray cans aflame!)
You might have guessed, but the product is also not for consumption. I have been told, however, that if you do drink some de-icer, they treat you in hospital by flooding your system with alcohol. Something to do with preferential digestion. A cheap night out? Possibly. A good idea? No.
---What's cooler than being cool?---
In conclusion, Bluecol Sub-zero De-icer works brilliantly (yes, I resisted typing brrrrrilliantly...damn). It's an ok price for what it does and it's even got a cute little logo. The can does get really cold when you leave it in the car, but that can be helped by wearing gloves or not leaving it in your car. I'm going to give it 5 stars since I can't really take a star off for the fact I like to wear fingerless gloves
A bottle of De-icer in your car is pretty much an essential in the winter months. You know the scene, you come out to your car on a cold winters morning and there is thick ice on your windscreen. As usual I leave the house right at the last minute and never give myself enough time to clear my windscreens by turning the car on and letting the heaters melt the ice away. This is where a can of de-icer then comes in very handy.
De-icer is a liquid that comes in a handy spray can that you basically just spray onto your windscreen and as you watch it it basically melts away the ice and the ice just slips off the windscreen very quickly and then hopefully by that point your car has warmed up enough that the ice will not reform and you will have a clear windscreen for the rest of your journey. This de-icer works really quickly which is great as all I have to do is spray it on and the ice is gone. I then use a scraper to fasten the process along so the ice is removed even quicker and
It seems to work by making the windscreen quite slippery so that ice cannot stick to it anymore and it says on the can that it is made of a unique formula. The spray is really easy to use, there is a spray action at the top of this can that you just point at the windscreen by standing not too far away from it and then I spray eight across the top of the windscreen so it allows the formula to work all the way across and run down the windscreen. According to the bottle, Bluecol is the No.1 premium antifreeze brand in the UK and has cared for and protected engine cooling systems since 1937.
The de-icer has a bit of a chemical smell which you can smell for the first few minutes after you have been in the car but after that the smell pretty much disappears and you are left with a clean windscreen. This has never caused any problems or damages to my windscreen or paintwork so I find it very safe to use.
They sell this spray can in motor shops and garages, I pretty much see it everywhere priced at about £2 for a 400ml spray can. The spray will prevent freezing down to -36°C so its very effective. This will last for probably half a winter, depending on how many days of frost we get really but I do think its very good value and i recommend always keeping one in your car.