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    Snow Removal

    I live in an area where we often get snow. My commuter car is parked outside and of course, I'm often having to get several inches of snow off of it during the winter months.

    I'm pretty sure all of the snow removal tools I currently have cause scratches on the paint job.

    Anyone found any type of tool or method for removing snow from a car without damaging the paint?

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    Re: Snow Removal

    very interesting, id certainly like to hear what mike phillips or stoops has to say about this

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    Re: Snow Removal

    Mike Stoops nor Mike Phillips live in a snowbelt. Maybe some ideas from those that do. Seems that even with a tool that didn't swirl the paint the ice,salt and grime take their toll. Winter stinks LOL. Paul S
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    Re: Snow Removal

    What I do is remove all the snow from the windows and then just try to leave about an inch worth on the paint. That way you don't have to actually touch the paint if you are careful. Can't think of any snow removal tools that I would want to touch my paint with!
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    Re: Snow Removal

    Well, neither of us may live in the snow belt but I grew up in Michigan and learned to drive in that white fluffy stuff that we only get in the local mountains here in SoCal (supposed to get 3 feet of the stuff today, just a 90 minute drive from either my house or Meguiar's HQ!!).

    So...... obviously almost anything you can drag over the car to effectively remove snow is likely to be less than friendly to the paint. On those days when you get that light, powdery stuff that practically blows off the car it's no big deal - you can lightly brush the majority of it off without actually getting to the paint and just let the wind take care of the rest. The wet stuff though is another story. You need to get it, or most of it anyway, off the car so you can see over the hood and/or not have huge chunks come flying off while driving - need to think of other driver's safety too!

    It's a tough call - how much do you remove, how much do you let come off "naturally"? Can you find a brush that's actually soft enough for the task? The body wash brushes Meguiar's used to make would probably be a good choice, but we no longer make them so finding one could be problematic. And of course they'd most likely only be good for the more powdery snow. I know when I had to do this regularly I would never press hard against the paint with my multipurpose ice scraper/snow brush and chose to leave a layer of the stuff on the paint until it found it's own way off.

    Bottom line; as Paul said, winter stinks.
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    Re: Snow Removal

    what i usually do is...and by the way, it snowed 2 nights ago in jersey...i just my windows and mirros so that i can see..but i leave the snow on all the paint...my car is a daily driver..after the engine warms up enough the snow begins to melt on the hood...and after the heat inside the cabin gets real warm it melts the snow on the roof and the doors..i just never touch the snow..it melts off the snow everywhere on its own..i just dont touch it.

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    Re: Snow Removal

    Yeah, the Body Brush works ok for powder, trying to leave behind a thin layer so you dont touch the paint is ok, letting it melt on its own if possible is good.
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    Re: Snow Removal

    Here in Utah we get very light and dry snow. I usually angle the brush a lot so that I leave a small layer of snow on the paint.

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    Re: Snow Removal

    I usually use the brush to clean windshield, windows, headlights and taillights, and gently brush off the snow from the boddy paint, usually leaving a thin layer on it, not removing it completely to avoid as much as I can direct contact from the brush with my paint. I highly recommend removing snow from your car, is very annoying (and risky) the packs of snow flying off the car infront of you while driving on the highway! Take one extra minute of your morning and remove it, especially the one on the top and on the trunk lid.

    Be safe!

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    Re: Snow Removal

    I live in the snowbelt and here is what I have found over the years.

    If your car is dirty and snow builds up on the paint you are very likely to see marring. The weight of the snow sliding off the paint drags any surface dirt and grit over your paint as it slides off. This will cause marring. This is the reason that it is so important to keep your car clean in the winter and a reason that I resort to using touchless car washes when the weather is not suitable for hand washing. I wouldn't let a week go by without washing in the summer, so why would I not have the car washed at least as often in the winter months when the car gets dirtier even faster?

    I typically buy a package of washes from my local touchless LaserWash facility at a discount. I begin to use them when the snow and salt are starting to build up and it is too cold to hand wash.

    I have found it is better for the paint to keep it as clean as possible to reduce marring.

    To all you lucky folks who don't need to deal with snow/slop/slush/sand and gravel on your roads, consider how good you have it. LOL

    For the rest of us, brace yourself, here it comes.

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