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This is a discussion on how to get snow off the car within the Detailing Forum forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Ok ,so now I'm paranoid after seeing some minor scratches under the light on my 2011's hood.I want to know ...

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    Ok ,so now I'm paranoid after seeing some minor scratches under the light on my 2011's hood.I want to know what other members resort to to get the snow off their cars.The brushes I have seem to be a bit too harsh.I suspect thats how those scratches got there,since I never take the car to a car wash & wipe clean only with micro fiber cloth.I was thinking of taking a swiffer duster & attaching microfiber cloth to it to get the snow off.Does that sound crazy?Or are there special soft bristle brushes available?
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    I just never touch the paint with the brush. I get off as much as I can, and then let the wind take the rest off while I'm driving.
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    The paint on my car dings/scratches if you look at it wrong. I just use a brush and go...
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    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    I just never touch the paint with the brush. I get off as much as I can, and then let the wind take the rest off while I'm driving.
    Agreed. Just hold the brush an inch or so off the car when brushing. Let the wind, and the heat from the cabin remove the rest. If you're super-paranoid, you could use your bare hands to remove the rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    The paint on my car dings/scratches if you look at it wrong. I just use a brush and go...
    ^^ This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    The paint on my car dings/scratches if you look at it wrong. I just use a brush and go...
    Yep, last year when we got so much snow I even used a shovel......
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    Micro scratches and swirls probably aren't from the brush. It is probably from when the snow slides over the paint (with a liiiittle tiny bit of salt or dirt under it).

    Similar to washing, where the most harm to the paint is done during drying normally by just a spec or two of dirt.

    I don't see a way to 'lubricate' the dirt under the snow to prevent it from scratching the clear coat when the snow slides off. I think you are best off just getting a better clear coat put on honestly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    I just never touch the paint with the brush. I get off as much as I can, and then let the wind take the rest off while I'm driving.
    ^^ This for the most part. As you start to push the snow the brush will tend to ride on onto the building pile of snow. Once this happens brushing off is easy. I've never had a real problem with light brush contact.
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    Thank you for all the input.I just went and got a Sub Zero foam snow remover.Instead of a brush it has a foam pad.I got the snow off just now fairly easily but like Heide264 even this might not help when there already is dirt on the surface.
    Damn it,this wouldnt have happened if I got the clear bra installed.I've been waiting for a fog light kit for 2 weeks,thought I'd get it installed first & then do the clearbra.My mistake.

    I have to get one of these

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    ive given up on trying to prevent scratches its insane how little effort it takes to scratch..i just get a great detail ever couple of months

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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    ...Damn it,this wouldnt have happened if I got the clear bra installed.I've been waiting for a fog light kit for 2 weeks,thought I'd get it installed first & then do the clearbra.
    Fo Sho... after reading all the posts about how fragile our paint is, I felt uncomfortable driving a week before I got my bra...
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    get off as much as u can with brush, get the rest by hand, then u can even finish it off with warm pitchers of water

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmateurX View Post
    Fo Sho... after reading all the posts about how fragile our paint is, I felt uncomfortable driving a week before I got my bra...
    you should see how bad my paint is dinged up. i have never taken it off road or anything like that. if you wash it and stand back the lower part of the doors and rocker panels lookc like they are dirty there is so many dings ask pavia he spotted it right away at the victory meet. its terrible. i use a brush to clear the snow by the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AmateurX View Post
    Fo Sho... after reading all the posts about how fragile our paint is, I felt uncomfortable driving a week before I got my bra...
    After reading about how bad the paint is I decided to not even drive my car this winter. It's such a headache trying to take care of a nice vehicle during the winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric05mx View Post
    After reading about how bad the paint is I decided to not even drive my car this winter. It's such a headache trying to take care of a nice vehicle during the winter.
    FAIL. Sorry but this is going to sound harsh but Subarus are built for all weather driving. They're rampant here in CO in some of the worst winter weather you can find.

    If your Subaru is parked for the winter find another brand.
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