Product Type: Carplan in Car Care
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A winters tale
CarPlan Blue Star De Icer
Author Name: superness11
CarPlan Blue Star De Icer
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It is getting closer to that time again! I bought my first bottle of de icer ready for the winter months. I regularly use this brand throughout the winter as it is cheap and available in most supermarkets. A good de icer is essential in the cold weather. There is nothing worse than getting up and having to manually scrape the windscreen while you have to wait for your car to warm up.
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This is mainly a seasonal product but I have recently seen it at a pound shop for 2 x 600ml bottles for a pound. This is a bargain and usually costs £1.99. A 300ml will cost around 99p.
The bottle is blue and is pressurised. It has a white lid that is hard to pop off when you are cold. I normally just leave the lid off and keep the bottle in my boot.
At the top of the de icer is a very small push down nozzle which is smaller than any deodorant nozzle I have ever seen and compared to the size of the can, it looks ridiculous. Coupled with this, the area that you need to depress by your index finger is very small.
The spray is produced by depressing the nozzle.
Depending on how thick the ice is depends on how close to the glass you need to be. As it is a pressurised canister, you need to give it a quick shake beforehand. For a thin layer of frost you can afford to hold the can around 40cm from the window and spray covering all the area but not in concentration.
If the frost is thick you need to hold the can closer to the glass and using large arm sweeps spray cover as much as the screen as possible. As excess de icer will run downwards I would recommend you start at the top of the windscreen and work down.
The de icer works well in temperatures to -3 degrees and the ice melts at a satisfactory rate. However the can is designed so poorly that to hold the nozzle depressed for any length of time in the biting cold is horrendously painful.
After temps drop to less than -3 degrees the de icer also starts to freeze and makes the ice simply thicker. At this point you need to manually scrape the windscreen.
I also find that one 600ml can will last me around 4-5 uses which is shocking and adds an extra expense to winter.
The de icer does help but sometimes it is easier and quicker to manually scrape the ice. The can is painful to hold and it depletes really quickly but is really reasonably priced.
Summary: Getting ready for the winter!
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