We have seen some serious self inflicted windshield damage caused by customers who got got creative with improvised ice removal. And we know that nobody likes paying to replace their windshield, but it’s all the more agonizing when it is damage that could have so easily been avoided. Today we’ll give you some of the the good, the bad and the ugly that we have seen here at the shop.
The Good: Honestly, the only thing we would recommend using to remove ice from your windshield is an ice scraper. While this doesn’t help in a pinch, you should get one now and keep it in your vehicle, before you find yourself in a pickle. Another preemptive strike you might make against the ice is an application of Aquapel, which would keep the ice from sticking so firmly in the first place. But if you find yourself unprepared and facing in impossibly icy windshield, just be patient and run the defroster to melt the ice slowly – those few minutes aren’t likely to cost you more than a new windshield.
The Bad: Upon searching the internet, we were surprised to find many sites that recommend using your credit card, which is actually a terrible idea. We have replaced more than a few pieces of auto glass that were damaged by using a credit card as an improvised ice removal tool. Not only could you cost yourself a replacement, but you might end up paying for it the old fashioned way, since the ice can destroy the magnetic strip on the card and render it unusable.
The Ugly: We have heard some pretty awful ideas for improvised ice scrapers from crushed soda cans and coffee cup lids to CDs and old license plates (ouch!). We have even seen people who used a hammer to break the ice (and the windshield) or a screwdriver to chisel at it – all simply dreadful techniques for ice removal.
If you find yourself in and “iced over” situation without a scraper remember – just defrost to avoid the cost!
Filed under: Aquapel, Auto Glass, Auto Glass Replacement, Ice Repellent, Icy windshield, Winter Auto Glass Care | Tagged: bad ideas, ice on windshield, improvised ice scraper, removing ice with credit card |