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Ice be gone!
CarPlan Blue Star Trigger De-Icer
Member Name: PerfectPeaches
CarPlan Blue Star Trigger De-Icer
Disadvantages: Doesn't seem to work on thick ice
With the cold weather now firmly here we have I guess been quite lucky so far on the Lincolnshire/Cambridgeshire boarders as we have managed to miss out on the heavy flooding but we have had a few cold spells, cold enough to freeze and when they do, they really do freeze! I always have an anti-freeze screen wash in my car but at times there is some times a need for a quick fix in getting the ice off your windscreen.
My father in law will regularly stock up on a de-icer spray and when we visit I generally end up coming back with a few cans ready for the cold season. A few months ago as scheduled I received several cans of Car Plan Blue Star De Icer. I have seen this particular brand and can in Poundland and Homebase before and knew it was around the £1 - £2 mark.
== The De Icer ==
Car Plan Blue Star De Icer is just a generic de-icer which has a powerful formula able to defrost windscreens at temperatures as low as -15C. The formula is not just powerful but it is also fast acting and will leave you with a completely clear windscreen for "increased visibility". It can be used on all car models.
== Packaging ==
It comes in a tall, cylindrical canister which is white and blue in colour with a white plastic snap on top. It currently only comes in a 600ml size. The front of the canister features the product name together with brand logo. On the back there is information about the de-icer as well as how to use it, warnings, ingredients as well as contact information for Car Plan.
== In Use ==
On the occasions I have used it I have generally been in a bit of a rush and find that de-icers are generally the best item to use. Car Plan Blue Star De Icer simply needs it's top taking off and you just spray where you need the de-icer to go. Now, I have had two canisters so far and one had a decent spray which comes out in a fine spray and covers a greater area yet the other canister has had quite a foamy spray which almost dribbles out of the can.
Regardless of this slight issue the results are exactly the same. As soon as the de-icer touches the ice you can quickly see it starting to melt. The de-icer itself is blue in colour and has that very typical de-icer smell which I find perfectly tolerable and it isn't overly strong.
One problem I have found was that the de-icer doesn't work on all icy windscreens. Thin ice coverings are absolutely fine and the de-icer has no problems melting it down and it can be easily removed with the windscreen wipers or an ice scraper. But on thicker ice if overly frozen the de-icer does struggle and it can take a bit more time for it to penetrate the ice for it to be easily removed.
== Overall ==
I find that this de-icer generally does the job for me but only if it has a light covering of ice as I only tend to use it if my windscreen has frozen by the time I leave the office or leaving the yard as it doesn't do the best job with thicker ice. But for the fact that it was free I am not going to snub it as I would probably buy it again as it is so easy to use and a little does seem to go quite a way. Therefore, I can give it 4 stars and recommend it.
== Product Information ==
Brand: Car Plan
Price: £1.59 (Robert Dyas Jan 2013)
Summary: An average de-icer which is cheap and somewhat effective
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