Windshield damage caused by ice scrapers

If you park your car outside during winter, you know full well how hectic it is to scrape ice and snow off from your windshield. However, you may not be aware that using an improper scraper can damage the windshield. Aside from that, here are some of the other things you need to know to prevent ice scraper damage on your windshield.

Avoid Metal Tools to Remove Ice and Snow

It’s never a smart choice to use a metal tool in removing thick layers of ice and snow from a windshield. Although metal is stronger and more efficient than plastic, it can also damage your windshield. Plastic ice scrapers are safer and designed specifically to remove ice and snow in wield shields, making them the ideal choice over metal tools.

Metal ice scrapers and similar hard objects aren’t built for this purpose, and when you use them, you risk causing deep scratches in your windshield. Sometimes these scratches become deep enough that you’ll need the help of an auto glass repair expert to deal with them.

You can’t scrape off every bit of ice in your windshield directly using a plastic scraper, though, as they aren’t strong enough for it. The trick is to allow your car to defrost for about 10-15 minutes, softening the ice and making it easy to remove them using a plastic scraper.

Don’t apply too much pressure when scraping

Every car’s windshield (except for brand new ones, of course) comes with tiny rock chips and hairline cracks that are invisible to the naked eye. When subjected to pressure, these small cracks and chips can easily grow bigger and more problematic. For this reason, it’s important to avoid exerting too much pressure when you scrape your windshield.

Make sure to use moderate force when scraping the ice off your windshield. If you can’t remove every bit of ice, run your car to defrost for several minutes. It will help thaw some of the hard ice, allowing you to remove them with ease.

Avoid tapping the surface

Sometimes, when you’re in a rush to remove a thick layer of ice from your windshield, you tend to use shortcuts to loosen the ice and break it off. However, this is something that you need to AVOID doing. One “shortcut” that many people resort to is by pounding the ice with a scraper to try and break it off. Keep in mind that hitting thick layers of ice is not advisable, even if you use a plastic tool.

The reason behind this is that windshields contract and expand depending on the outside temperature. During winter, the windshield glass will contract and lose structural integrity. Hammering it over and over with force using an ice scraper can seriously damage the windshield.

Try to remove the ice gently and let your car defrost for a few minutes to loosen the ice. Being a bit late on your trip (as long as it’s not urgent) is a better option than damaging your windshield and paying for costly repairs or replacement.