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Offline Old Dogg™

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Correct snow removal from the paint?
« on: February 10, 2011, 11:15:12 AM »
For some time I have wondered...
If your paint is dirty...even slightly then the snow gets dirt in it after a few hours.
So isn't the probability of marring the paint definite if you just push or broom the snow off?
It just feels so wrong

All the effort only letting soft MF towels touch the paint so,
what is proper snow removal from the OCD detailer vehicles?
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Re: Correct snow removal from the paint?
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2011, 11:42:40 AM »
I just use my arm to take most of it off, leaving a thin layer to melt on its own. 
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Re: Correct snow removal from the paint?
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2011, 11:55:20 AM »
I almost hate to admitt it, but I use the softest snow brush I could find, then brush very lightly. I also try to remove as little snow as possible, but if you remove too little, it all blows back / up and blinds you. So, I'd rather be safe and induce some marring (that I'll take out in the spring) than sorry.

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Re: Correct snow removal from the paint?
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2011, 11:57:24 AM »
I just use my arm to take most of it off, leaving a thin layer to melt on its own. 


gee and i thought you were using your beard  :dope:

there is no correct way, but Mike has the idea ... I use a squeegee called first pass .. it is much sturdier than the California blade and i pull it off to within an inch of the paint... between driving and the heat generated by the engine and interior the rest melts off or flies off as you drive.
Any contact with the paint will cause some marring.. some might not be able to see immediately or at all if you are real careful.  My neighbor has this tool called a Pro-Brum  (better version of the Sno Brum ) it works well but again, i wouldn't go down to the paint.

Another option is to get a heated power washer  :dunno:
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Re: Correct snow removal from the paint?
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2011, 12:56:14 PM »
Fire up the leaf blower! It's what I used to do back home. It only worked real well on light snow, but it was quick and I don't think it damaged the paint at all.
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Re: Correct snow removal from the paint?
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2011, 02:56:01 PM »

gee and i thought you were using your beard  :dope:



I'm going to shave it and make a wash mitt out of it.
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Re: Correct snow removal from the paint?
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2011, 03:36:07 PM »

gee and i thought you were using your beard  :dope:



I'm going to shave it and make a wash mitt out of it.

you will not !!! the chances you take the beard off are like Spring coming early  :crazy:
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Re: Correct snow removal from the paint?
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2011, 03:46:37 PM »
50 degrees by the end of next week.  Haha.  Just the winter coat though.  Most of it will stay.
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Re: Correct snow removal from the paint?
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2011, 04:19:53 PM »
50 degrees by the end of next week.  Haha.  Just the winter coat though.  Most of it will stay.

one day near 50 is not spring .. i can't even see grass anywhere
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Re: Correct snow removal from the paint?
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2011, 04:25:57 PM »
Next weeks forecast starting Sunday for us is 43, 46, 42, 47, 55, 55, 45.  It can't be much different for you.
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Re: Correct snow removal from the paint?
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2011, 05:11:15 PM »
Next weeks forecast starting Sunday for us is 43, 46, 42, 47, 55, 55, 45.  It can't be much different for you.

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Re: Correct snow removal from the paint?
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2011, 01:21:37 AM »
there is no correct way, but Mike has the idea ... I use a squeegee called first pass .. it is much sturdier than the California blade and i pull it off to within an inch of the paint...


I guess this is the best compromise just to stay off the paint period...if it stays below freezing but when it warms up the OCD in me thinks the sliding action of the ice will still marr the paint.

I hate winter...  :bt:
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Re: Correct snow removal from the paint?
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2011, 11:03:58 AM »
there is no correct way, but Mike has the idea ... I use a squeegee called first pass .. it is much sturdier than the California blade and i pull it off to within an inch of the paint...


I guess this is the best compromise just to stay off the paint period...if it stays below freezing but when it warms up the OCD in me thinks the sliding action of the ice will still marr the paint.

I hate winter...  :bt:


oh it's quite possible that you will get some marring but if the weight of the ice sliding off is negligible then it really will only be surface marring
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