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It never ceases to amaze me how much people waste on buying ready diluted product and screen wash is a good example of this. Couple this with a motorway service station purchase and you can be paying ridiculous amounts of money on what is mostly water.
In this weather, we all pull that little lever towards us on a frequent basis, so it makes sense to add a water bottle check to your regular vehicle checks. It's pretty scary when you run out when on the move and are overtaken by a huge lorry which sprays you with mud which obliterates your view. So, this is not just a visibility issue, it's very much a health and safety issue.
We have had the same 1 litre bottle of Screen wash all winter and when I topped up again earlier today, I noticed that we still have about a third of a bottle, so at about £3 a bottle from the supermarket, it is a product for which I do not begrudge payment.
CarPlan is the traditional royal blue colour and has that familiar spirit alcohol smell. I never take much notice of the recommended dilution level as I always feel that if you can smell the solution strongly after spraying, you are probably using too much. Using too much is in the sole interest of CarPlan and by experimenting, you will find that a greater dilution will yield perfectly acceptable results. The one exception to this advice would be in the winter when there is frost and ice about. The container gives advice as to freezing points at various dilutions. For normal motoring, I find 1 in 10 works well for me.
It's quite a shrewd move that CarPlan have branded this as being an all seasons screen wash and from a customer perspective it's great to have a single product which will deal not only with dirt, grease, and traffic film but will also make a good job of cleaning away all the little bugs that we frequently splatter, especially in the spring and summer.
All in all, I think the product is very good value and you get a good stronger concentration of liquid from Car Plan than from other cheaper suppliers. If you have two or more cars, it may be worth getting the larger 5 litre size. I have seen this at less than a fiver on offer. Just make sure you don't get the 5 litre ready to use product that CarPlan themselves sell.
Oh and if you happen to spill some of this on your paintwork, I suggest you wipe it off straightaway and rinse.
The Carplan All Seasons Screen Wash I own isn't the one in the picture, it is in a large 5litre container with a handle to the top of the clear plastic bottle. The screenwash comes 'Ready to use' and I bought it in the middle of the very cold snap a few months ago. At the time it was on offer at my local Morrisons store and with staff discount I paid less than £5 for the 5 litre container.
I do have some other Carplan products for my vehicle and have never had any problems with them. The reasoning behind screenwash is to remove dirt from your windscreen when it becomes dirty - especially useful in winter when the roads are wet. This particluar screenwash is said to aid the removal of dirt, grime and insect deposits, as stated on the front of the large container. It can be used in any vehicle and as it is ready mixed it is simple to use. If you need any other reasons for using Carplan Screenwash then it also helps prevent the screenwash freezing. If you use solely water in your screenwash then it is likely to freeze in very cold conditions, making it impossible to clean your windscreen when it gets dirty. Obviously this has its dangers, so screenwash is vital to preventing freezing.
The fact that the screenwash can be poured directly into the wash bottle under the bonnet is handy, as I don't need to worry about diluting it to a specific level. I have found that since using the carplan Screenwash my windscreen clears much quicker than with just water, using less of the liquid in the wash bottle and the large 5litre bottle will last a long while, so under £5 is a reasonable price for what you are getting. I would strongly recommend a screen wash over just water as it offers good winter protection down to -5c.
The above picture i not the same as i got, the bottle i got was 5lt and had "ready to use screen wash" on it.
If like me you do a bit of your own car maintenance like topping up the oil, water and screen wash then you will probably add some screen was solution to your washer bottle.
The product comes in a 5lt plastic container with a carry handle on the top and a screw on cap, the blue label has the red CarPlan logo and informs you that it,s ready to use.
Non-smear formula removes dirt, grime and insect deposits.
Helps prevent washer bottle contents freezing.
Not a lot you can say about the liquid really, it's a thin blue ready to use liquid and it smells nice, you put it directly into your washer bottle then squirt in on your windscreen when necessary.
It's as easy to use as any screen wash really, just flip your bonnet and find your washer reservoir, take the cap off and fill it up, as it's ready to use you don't add any water.
I found in normal conditions it does a decent job of cleaning general dirt and grime off the screen but on the tougher stuff like squashed insects and bird poo it just doesn't seem to shift it, and in really cold weather it freezes on the windscreen.
Priced between £2 - £4 depending where you get it from i don't think it's very economical as it's ready to use so you don't mix with water, it's not good on tuff dirt and freezes in cold weather, go for a concentrated one for winter and water it down for summer.