E90Post
 


N54Tuning.com
 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > BMW E90/E92/E93 3-series General Forums > Regional Forums > Canada > Winter Thread > What brush to use to clear snow from car w/o scratching paint?



Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      10-11-2010, 05:53 AM   #1
OSK77
0
Private First Class
 
OSK77's Avatar
 
Drives: '07 BMW 335i
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Ontario

Posts: 107
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2007 335i  [0.00]
Winter Thread > What brush to use to clear snow from car w/o scratching paint?

After getting Picus to detail my ride this summer, and Wes_R waiting in the wings to detail my ride in the winter, I'm interested to know what forum members use to clear off snow from their car in the winters? The key thing I'm interested in is a product that won't scratch the paint or a particular technique employed perhaps? Please post pic + link to product if possible, thx!

Example Scenario: You are parked at the GO Station and by the time you get back in the evening, your car is covered top to bottom in snow.

I don't want to use regular off the shelf snow brushes, they will wreck the paint finish as I have witnessed first hand with my other rides over the years.

Look forward to your tips.

My own 2 reminder winter tips:

Tip # 1 Don't fold the power mirrors available with the ZPP due to icing - can wreak your folding motor

Tip # 2 Don't forget to raise your wiper blades or instead use something like Snow Guard

__________________
BMW Advanced Driver Training Graduate | BMW Club of Canada

07' E90 335i | COBB STAGE 2+ TUNED | COBB DOWNPIPES | COBB FMIC | COBB CHARGE PIPE | BMS DCI | ACCESSPORT V3 | RB PCV VALVE UPGRADE | MONACO BLUE | DAKOTA BLACK | ZSP | ZPP | NAV | MICHELIN PILOT SUPER SPORTS ON BEYERN MESH
OSK77 is offline   Canada
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-11-2010, 07:15 AM   #2
TheRox
0
Colonel
 
TheRox's Avatar
 
Drives: 6mt
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Here and there

Posts: 2,312
iTrader: (2)

Just wipe the snow off your headlights, and windows


Don't touch your paint.
TheRox is offline  
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-11-2010, 07:17 AM   #3
Doctor T
0
Private First Class
 
Doctor T's Avatar
 
Drives: AW E90 LCI M-Sport N55 RWD 6MT
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Posts: 191
iTrader: (0)

I've read that some people wrap their brushes with microfibre towels and don't brush all the snow off but leave a thin layer and avoid touching the paint as much as possible.
Doctor T is offline  
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-11-2010, 07:55 AM   #4
BRAISKI
0
Colonel
 
BRAISKI's Avatar
 
Drives: '11 335xi e92 M-Pak
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: GTA/KW, Canada

Posts: 2,389
iTrader: (3)

Garage List
2011 BMW 335xi  [3.50]
I was at CT few days ago and was checking their snow brush cause I wanted something that wont scratch the car but thats kinda impossible to find.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Doctor T View Post
I've read that some people wrap their brushes with microfibre towels and don't brush all the snow off but leave a thin layer and avoid touching the paint as much as possible.
Thats interesting...
BRAISKI is offline   Spain
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-11-2010, 08:17 AM   #5
okevino
0
MR x.
 
Drives: E93 335is DCT
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Vancouver

Posts: 165
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
snow's a bytch.
okevino is offline   Canada
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-12-2010, 08:01 AM   #6
ctgazer
0
Major General
 
ctgazer's Avatar
 
Drives: a dilapidated ride
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: canada eh!

Posts: 7,952
iTrader: (10)

Garage List
2006 e90  [0.00]
Send a message via MSN to ctgazer
just brush off the top layer...leave the last bit on your car..no biggie
__________________
ctgazer is offline   Canada
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-12-2010, 08:28 AM   #7
MOAB
0
Major
 
MOAB's Avatar
 
Drives: Porsche & BMW
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Toronto

Posts: 1,077
iTrader: (0)

I use a hair dryer on low heat from 2 feet away to avoid paint damage. It takes me 10 mintues for each cm of snow that has accumulated but it prevents any possible scratches due to using a brush.
__________________
March-November - '09 C4S (PDK, Akrapovic)
December-February - '00 323 (only mod - snow tires)
MOAB is offline   Canada
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-12-2010, 10:31 AM   #8
335BBS
0
Brigadier General
 
Drives: 2009 335 coupe.
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Posts: 3,607
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by ctgazer View Post
just brush off the top layer...leave the last bit on your car..no biggie
Exactly. If you just leave it (Rox) then you are asking for a $100 ticket .
335BBS is offline   Canada
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-12-2010, 11:17 AM   #9
2kaccordocoupe
0
Colonel
 
2kaccordocoupe's Avatar
 
Drives: 2009 335i E92 Coupe
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: GTA

Posts: 2,721
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
2009 e92 335i  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by MOAB View Post
I use a hair dryer on low heat from 2 feet away to avoid paint damage. It takes me 10 mintues for each cm of snow that has accumulated but it prevents any possible scratches due to using a brush.
What?? Serious??

Just brush away the snow with any soft bristle brush. If you properly wax your car prior to the snow falling you are fine. At worst get it deatiled in the spring.

The things I read on this forum simply amaze me, it's a freakin' mass production car not a rare gem. Treat it as such.
__________________
2009 335i E92 Coupe
Manual/Navigation/Executive/Audiophile/Sport/19s
Alpine White/Coral Red Dakota
2kaccordocoupe is offline   Canada
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-12-2010, 11:32 AM   #10
MOAB
0
Major
 
MOAB's Avatar
 
Drives: Porsche & BMW
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Toronto

Posts: 1,077
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2kaccordocoupe View Post
What?? Serious??

Just brush away the snow with any soft bristle brush. If you properly wax your car prior to the snow falling you are fine. At worst get it deatiled in the spring.

The things I read on this forum simply amaze me, it's a freakin' mass production car not a rare gem. Treat it as such.
And I am constantly amazed by people that can't figure out an obvious joke...
__________________
March-November - '09 C4S (PDK, Akrapovic)
December-February - '00 323 (only mod - snow tires)
MOAB is offline   Canada
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-12-2010, 11:36 AM   #11
2kaccordocoupe
0
Colonel
 
2kaccordocoupe's Avatar
 
Drives: 2009 335i E92 Coupe
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: GTA

Posts: 2,721
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
2009 e92 335i  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by MOAB View Post
And I am constantly amazed by people that can't figure out an obvious joke...
LOL I guess I was expecting an emoticon or something to indicate a joke.
But seriously the stuff you read on here is pretty hilarious, makes it seem like they have never owned a car before or lack common sense.
__________________
2009 335i E92 Coupe
Manual/Navigation/Executive/Audiophile/Sport/19s
Alpine White/Coral Red Dakota
2kaccordocoupe is offline   Canada
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-12-2010, 01:47 PM   #12
OSK77
0
Private First Class
 
OSK77's Avatar
 
Drives: '07 BMW 335i
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Ontario

Posts: 107
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2007 335i  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2kaccordocoupe View Post
The things I read on this forum simply amaze me, it's a freakin' mass production car not a rare gem. Treat it as such. ...the stuff you read on here is pretty hilarious, makes it seem like they have never owned a car before or lack common sense.
Not sure what your are trying to imply here? Why make general statements that are derogatory in nature to fellow members? This forum was made to ask questions about our cars (that one can safely assume) we all take great pride in maintaining and taking care of. You are entitled to your opinion and are more than welcome to treat your car like a mass production car, just dont tell other members how to treat their car.

If you have something of value to add, by all means share. Keep the negative comments out, please and thanks.
__________________
BMW Advanced Driver Training Graduate | BMW Club of Canada

07' E90 335i | COBB STAGE 2+ TUNED | COBB DOWNPIPES | COBB FMIC | COBB CHARGE PIPE | BMS DCI | ACCESSPORT V3 | RB PCV VALVE UPGRADE | MONACO BLUE | DAKOTA BLACK | ZSP | ZPP | NAV | MICHELIN PILOT SUPER SPORTS ON BEYERN MESH
OSK77 is offline   Canada
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-12-2010, 03:57 PM   #13
Andy M
0
 
Drives: 09 BMW 335i xdrive
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Toronto

Posts: 1,207
iTrader: (5)

If you want to get technical, brushing snow off with a soft bristle brush, or microfiber towel, or even those expensive silicon squeegies will leave scratches. It's not the instrument used to remove the snow but the snow crystals itself. Before the winter I would do a full detail and an extra layer of wax. I usually just clear snow and ice off the windshields and headlights and that's about it. I find the snow on the hood will melt on its own due to the heat from the engine and the snow from the roof tends to blow onto the rear windshield (which is then melted using the rear defogger).

2kaccordocoupe, taking care of your paint job through small adjustments is much easier (and better for your paint) than to detail every year. The deeper and more numerous the scratches, the more clear coat the detailer has to polish down in order to restore the finish. Meaning your clear coat gets thinner every year. I do a full detail twice a year but I rarely have to use the power polish (and if I do I'm usually using a final polish compound as opposed to a medium cut compound) so my clear coat has almost remained the same thickness since coming out of the factory.
Andy M is offline   Canada
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-12-2010, 04:32 PM   #14
t7n7
0
CYNOSURE
 
t7n7's Avatar
 
Drives: Tesla ModelS - waiting...
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: DT Toronto/Markham/Ajax

Posts: 216
iTrader: (0)

i only remove the snow from the headlights, taillights and windows.. using something similar to a rubber squeegee. as I drive, the rest of the snow comes off....

also, not sure if our windshield fluids are heated but used an aftermarket kit on one of my previous cars and worked like a charm for deicing!

can't wait til winter....
__________________
09' X650i loaded hud/comfort/sports/premium/audio/coldweather/power - the beast / 03' G35c electrochromic tints - www.youtube.com/wisht7n7 - the baby / 02' TL internet/satTV/massage seats - the entertainer / 10' TSX - currently modding - Go kart / TESLA MODEL S - Signature Edition #73 2012
t7n7 is offline   Canada
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-12-2010, 05:04 PM   #15
2kaccordocoupe
0
Colonel
 
2kaccordocoupe's Avatar
 
Drives: 2009 335i E92 Coupe
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: GTA

Posts: 2,721
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
2009 e92 335i  [0.00]
I completely agree with you Andy and the fact that you need to take cetain precautions to preserve the look of your vehicle. I am also guilty of doing so by parking my car at the end of parking lots to avoid dings, full front clear bra and parking in a garage to keep it safe at night.

I guess it all depends on what each person deems necessary to care for his/her vehicle. I look at it this way... Unless you drive the car in a bubble it's going to get environmental scratches from rocks, flying ice, bugs, sand, salt etc... I'm sure even dust blowing off the car at 100km/h will create some friction.

Brush it off, drive and enjoy. I do my part by applying extra wax in the fall then cleaning it up in the spring. I use a soft bristle brush and don't even think twice about my paint when it's minus 30 out. I just want to get warm and get to where I have to be safely.

IMHO the folks who don't clean the snow off the cars are putting the rest of us drivers at risk.
__________________
2009 335i E92 Coupe
Manual/Navigation/Executive/Audiophile/Sport/19s
Alpine White/Coral Red Dakota
2kaccordocoupe is offline   Canada
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-12-2010, 10:18 PM   #16
lexi250
0
New Member
 
Drives: 2000 323Ci
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Toronto

Posts: 28
iTrader: (0)

This is what I use, the 'brush' tool is made from some sort of hard foam or something. It won't scratch the paint.

http://automotive.hardwarestore.com/...ke-276246.aspx

Available at CT.
lexi250 is offline  
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-13-2010, 07:49 AM   #17
shagkie
0
Captain
 
shagkie's Avatar
 
Drives: a....V8
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: GTA, Canada

Posts: 628
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Andy M View Post
.... I usually just clear snow and ice off the windshields and headlights and that's about it. I find the snow on the hood will melt on its own due to the heat from the engine and the snow from the roof tends to blow onto the rear windshield (which is then melted using the rear defogger).

.
Not saying you but I just hate people that don't clear off the snow (especially ice!) on the top and starts driving off. It just blows the snow (especially frozen chunks) onto the cars that are behind you. Pretty dangerous I think
shagkie is offline  
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-13-2010, 07:52 AM   #18
discoboy1
0
Major
 
discoboy1's Avatar
 
Drives: E82 1M VO/E30 M3/F30 328D
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Montreal

Posts: 1,348
iTrader: (3)

I use this one:

http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows....jsp?locale=en

The ends of the bristles have been soften; it works good
__________________
2011 E82 1M VO
discoboy1 is offline   Canada
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-13-2010, 07:55 AM   #19
MarkD
0
Second Lieutenant
 
Drives: 74 tii, 93 M5 x2, 07 328i
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Toronto, in your DME!

Posts: 246
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by ctgazer View Post
just brush off the top layer...leave the last bit on your car..no biggie
Or use IceWax, it forms a hard armour layer when the temperature is below 1C.
MarkD is offline   Canada
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-13-2010, 09:16 AM   #20
jasonintoronto
0
Captain
 
Drives: 2007 335i coupe (sold)
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: toronto

Posts: 703
iTrader: (0)

man, i just use a snow brush. it's not a big deal.

and guys, please brush the entire car. snow flying off your car hits the car behind you and causes visibility problems. not cool.
__________________
2007 Porsche Carrera 4
2007 BMW 335i Coupe (SOLD)
jasonintoronto is offline   Canada
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-13-2010, 10:06 AM   #21
BRAISKI
0
Colonel
 
BRAISKI's Avatar
 
Drives: '11 335xi e92 M-Pak
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: GTA/KW, Canada

Posts: 2,389
iTrader: (3)

Garage List
2011 BMW 335xi  [3.50]
Quote:
Originally Posted by discoboy1 View Post
I use this one:

http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows....jsp?locale=en

The ends of the bristles have been soften; it works good
I actually was at CT yesterday and checked this out, it is actually softer than the conventional brush. However I still think it will scratch the car but perhaps not as much, also it may wear out eventually.
BRAISKI is offline   Spain
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
      10-13-2010, 10:53 AM   #22
Andy M
0
 
Drives: 09 BMW 335i xdrive
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Toronto

Posts: 1,207
iTrader: (5)

Quote:
Originally Posted by shagkie View Post
Not saying you but I just hate people that don't clear off the snow (especially ice!) on the top and starts driving off. It just blows the snow (especially frozen chunks) onto the cars that are behind you. Pretty dangerous I think
Not me because I always park in a garage or underground.

But I know what you mean, especially coming from Alberta. Mostly pickups or SUV's that do that because most people don't bother to clean the snow off. For me, if the snow is too thick, I'll cut down a layer using the brush but I won't touch the paint still. (or use gloves and pick up the snow off the car instead of brushing it off - easiest for the trunk). I'll end up with a thin layer (<1 cm) and that usually just piles up by the rear window instead of blowing off (and if it does blow off, it's not a lot). When the snow is melted by the rear heat lines, it'll be wet and so all the powered snow sticks to it. Snow pretty much never blows off my car into the car behind because of that reason and my paint is never scratched.

I didn't mean leaving large chunks of snow on your car btw. Because I don't think any rear heat line is efficient enough to remove a foot of snow...and I hate guys who drive around with icebergs on their car roof too and having it fly off and hit your car while on the highway.
Andy M is offline   Canada
Appreciate 0
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
exterior, osk77, paint, tips, winter

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:54 PM.




e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST