Product Type: Bluecol in Car Care
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Melting my winter blues away
Bluecol Sub Zero De-Icer
Member Name: ryanando
Bluecol Sub Zero De-Icer
Date: 23/10/12, updated on 12/12/12 (80 review reads)
Advantages: Warmer fingers than de-icing manually, fast, effective
Disadvantages: can gets a bit cold if left in the car.
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
Summary: De icer that works fast in low temperatures with a decent enough spray nozzle to be useful.
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