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Old 11-07-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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Snow removal

Look like a Nor'Easter is headed for New England. This will be my first winter and wanted to ask others how they handle snow removal off the painted areas. Regular snow brush? Something else? Thanks!
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:09 PM   #2
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80 MPH should do it...
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:14 PM   #3
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NO SNOW BRUSH!! You will scratch the paint.

Use your gloved hand as long as it does not have any buckels or anything.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:25 PM   #5
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No snow brushes. If it can't come off with your hand, don't touch it. The heat of the car as it warms up will remove it from certain places, others will just have to fall off.
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Safety is first and foremost, for you and for the cars around you. If you have the choice of potentially scratching your car or of having sheets of snow and ice flying back into other cars, or your own windows, take the scratches. They can be repaired.

That being said, there are a few ways to minimize scratching potential. First one is, as said above, to use your hand. Gently try to brush off as much of the loose snow as possible.

Second, turn the car on and let it idle for a while. Go out when you're almost ready to leave and hit the remote start or start the car up and let it go for 10-15 minutes. The heat will melt a lot of the stuck on stuff and will make removal unnecessary, or at least easier.

No matter what you do, there is still the potential for scratching. We got a pretty solid ice storm here a couple winters ago, and my car was completely sheeted with ice. I let it warm up to melt, and the sheets from the hood slid off, causing a few pretty deep gouges. I was able to repair them myself, but if you can't, that's what insurance is for. An "act of god" does not raise your premiums.

Unfortunately, there is no 100% paint-safe way for this. Just one of the hazards of living in a cold state. Just do your best and be safe.
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:24 PM   #7
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:48 PM   #8
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here in the mountains of WV I use a combination of brush and hands. the brush is pretty soft and is only used for the fluffy stuff, the heavier stuff I remove by hand carefully. there is no easy way to do it really. get some good sealant on the paint and top it with some collinite 476 and snow will be a little easier to remove.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:37 PM   #9
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This looks interesting, but I have never tried it (no snow in Florida) http://www.autogeek.net/snobrum-snow-mover.html
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:41 PM   #10
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This looks interesting, but I have never tried it (no snow in Florida) http://www.autogeek.net/snobrum-snow-mover.html
I actually just ordered 2 and they are set to arrive tomorrow. One for my truck and one for the wifes van.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:52 PM   #11
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This looks interesting, but I have never tried it (no snow in Florida) http://www.autogeek.net/snobrum-snow-mover.html
I also own one
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:12 AM   #12
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I also own one
and?? Does it work? lol

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Old 11-08-2012, 02:51 PM   #13
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Safety is first and foremost, for you and for the cars around you. If you have the choice of potentially scratching your car or of having sheets of snow and ice flying back into other cars, or your own windows, take the scratches. They can be repaired.

That being said, there are a few ways to minimize scratching potential. First one is, as said above, to use your hand. Gently try to brush off as much of the loose snow as possible.

Second, turn the car on and let it idle for a while. Go out when you're almost ready to leave and hit the remote start or start the car up and let it go for 10-15 minutes. The heat will melt a lot of the stuck on stuff and will make removal unnecessary, or at least easier.

No matter what you do, there is still the potential for scratching. We got a pretty solid ice storm here a couple winters ago, and my car was completely sheeted with ice. I let it warm up to melt, and the sheets from the hood slid off, causing a few pretty deep gouges. I was able to repair them myself, but if you can't, that's what insurance is for. An "act of god" does not raise your premiums.

Unfortunately, there is no 100% paint-safe way for this. Just one of the hazards of living in a cold state. Just do your best and be safe.
Couldn't have said it better, another trick that might help is a blower if your not letting the engine run for the 15 - 20 mins to melt it off.
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and?? Does it work? lol

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Haven't tried mine yet but it seems nice. Telescopes and the head is foam so it won't scratch the paint


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Old 11-16-2012, 02:25 PM   #15
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NO SNOW BRUSH!! You will scratch the paint.

Use your gloved hand as long as it does not have any buckels or anything.
Oh my gosh, my heart skipped a beat when I read "snow brush"

As suggested above- push the snow off with your hand. Be careful of zipper, buckles, etc

A snow brush, good gravy
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:30 PM   #16
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Use your leaf blower if possible,tarp-car cover,let it melt NO BRUSH except to remove a layer that doesn't get to the paint,
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:38 PM   #17
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Sno Brum's are awesome, I've been using them to clean off cars here at the shop and my personal cars for years.
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The SnoBrum sounds interesting.
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Use your leaf blower if possible,tarp-car cover,let it melt NO BRUSH except to remove a layer that doesn't get to the paint,
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