December 30, 2019

WINDSHIELD ICE PREVENTION AND REMOVAL

As the colder months approach Atlanta, GA it is important to remember that properly maintaining your automobile’s glass can save you money on a windshield replacement and costly repairs. Additionally, the freezing temperatures and potential for icy conditions also make driving dangerous if preventative steps are not taken to ensure your visibility and safety. Here are some tips from Glass Inc. to help you with ice removal and protecting your auto glass this season.

ICE PREVENTION

Preventing the accumulation of ice on your windshield is the best place to start during the winter season. If you know that temperatures are going to drop and ice is a possibility do yourself a favor and cover your vehicle before the weather hits. This will save you time and energy before you head out in your vehicle. Using a car specific cover is ideal since it will not scratch your paint but if you do not have one you can also use a tarp, sheet, or towel. When using these, you can secure them with the windshield wipers, magnets, or weights.

Soaking the sheet or towel in one quart of water with a tablespoon of salt can make removing the cover easier and will help to prevent ice. Once you remove the cover, store it in a plastic bag so it can be reused.

In addition to covering your vehicle, you can also prevent ice from accumulating by applying a homemade pretreatment. Mix three parts white vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle. Shake the solution and spray it on the windshield before the weather hits. Remember to wipe the solution away after you apply it because it can cause micro pitting if it's left on the glass.

ICE REMOVAL

If your windshield is covered in ice you will need to remove it before venturing out. First, allow your vehicle to warm up and turn on the defrost setting on your climate control. This will put less strain on your vehicle’s drivetrain and will make your drive more comfortable. More importantly, when the vehicle’s operating temperature is reached the defroster will be able to heat the glass and remove any ice that may have accumulated. This will greatly improve your visibility behind the wheel and help you to arrive at your destination safely. Most vehicles are equipped with electrically heated rear glass so be sure to turn that system on also.

If your windshield has a thick layer of ice on it the defrost system will likely not be sufficient to get you on the road. To aid the system in clearing the windshield it is helpful to apply a methanol deicing solution. These products usually cost around $20 and can be found at most auto part stores. After you apply the solution remember to store it in a safe place because they can contain hazardous chemicals that are harmful to children and pets.

Common household chemicals can also be used to make your own homemade deicer. Simply mix one-part isopropyl rubbing alcohol and two parts water in a spray bottle. Using alcohol with a higher percentage will improve its deicing capability and adding a drop of dish soap will help it to apply more evenly. Next, shake it and spray the ice. Storing the solution is not beneficial because it will lose its effectiveness.

The next step is to scrape away the ice with a plastic scraping tool. Never use a metal tool to do this. They can damage windshields, windshield wipers, and scratch the glass. Scratches can make it easier for glass to crack, especially when taking into account the temperature, contaminates, and debris on winter roads. If you do not have a plastic tool on hand, windshield wipers, soft brushes and squeegees can also be used.

Finally, never use a torch, hot water or even room temperature water to remove ice from auto glass. Doing so can create thermal shock and cause the glass to crack; resulting in the need for a windshield replacement.

Properly maintaining your automobile’s windshield and glass can help you stay safe this winter. Additionally, it can also help you to save time and avoid repairs or a complete windshield replacement. If your windshield cracks and needs repaired Glass Inc. is standing by. We can help you with all your automotive glass needs. Call us today for a free estimate on your windshield replacement or repair.

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