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Old 01-08-2006, 09:57 AM   #1
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Snow Brum?

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So....I'm stuck parking my car outside here in lovely New England, where we are right now in the middle of winter. One of the common traits of New England winter is that we get multiple feet of snow that need to be cleaned off before I can drive the car.

The dinky little snow brush on the reverse end of my windshield scraper doesn't do much to help. Also, my arms are short and I need something with some better reach to it.

Has anyone used a gadget like this: http://www.autobarn.net/snowbrush.html to clean off their car?

Seems to me it could scratch the paint once you removed enough of the snow but I'm very tempted to get something that looks like it could do a better job. I've seen 'em advertised a bunch of places and the auto parts store up the street from me sells them as well.

I swear, I gotta move to a warm climate where garage space is less expensive.
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Old 01-08-2006, 01:26 PM   #2
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I feel your pain living in upstate NY. I have yet to hear of any product that you can safely push the snow of the car with. All the brushes, pads, etc. I've seen pose a risk to leave scratches. I usually just brush off the top of the snow and leave about 0.5 - 1 inch of snow on the surface that will hopefully blow off while driving. This removes most of the snow but poses little risk to the paint.

For the glass I use the Glass Science Rain Clear Gel to make snow and ice release from the glass far easier. I love how much easier it is to see in the winter as well as the reduced time spent cleaning off the glass. The brushes and blades can scratch the glass just as well so I try not to do that unless I have to. I gotta get a garage I can fit my truck into or move as well!

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Old 01-10-2006, 01:17 PM   #3
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OXO Snow Brush

OXO makes a snow brush which is supposed to be paint and clear-coat safe. I just bought mine last week, but oddly enough the snow is melting in Syracuse, NY, so I haven't used it yet. I still recommend it though as I use OXO products when I wash my car and this snow brush seems to be of the same quality.

Link: http://www.oxo.com/catalog/product_i...roducts_id=374
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Old 01-10-2006, 05:28 PM   #4
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OXO makes a snow brush which is supposed to be paint and clear-coat safe. I just bought mine last week, but oddly enough the snow is melting in Syracuse, NY, so I haven't used it yet. I still recommend it though as I use OXO products when I wash my car and this snow brush seems to be of the same quality.

Link: http://www.oxo.com/catalog/product_i...roducts_id=374
Looks like a pretty spiffy gadget...and a lot more likely to fit in my trunk as well. I'm sure the bristles are paint- and clearcoat-safe. That's fairly easy to do. What I'm worried about is grinding whatever grit happens to be on top of the roof/hood/trunk into the paint.

OXO also needs to update their list of retailers. I plugged my Boston-area zipcode into their "Where to buy" page and got several hits for Kitchen Etc. (entire chain out of business) and Bread and Circus (bought out a couple years ago by Whole Foods).
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