If you’re in the snow belt and a car enthusiast, winter can be a tricky and frustrating time of year. And while keeping your car cleaned is a difficult task unto itself, removing snow from storms can also be a challenge. What many people fail to realize is that improper snow removal from their car can actually cause serious damage to your car’s paint. Scratches, swirl marks and even dings can occur if you improperly remove snow. We set out to find out what works and what doesn’t during the winter months.
Ditch the Brushes, Brooms and Shovels
First, let’s start with what you should NOT use when removing snow from your car – brushes, brooms and shovels. The majority of brushes on the market have coarse bristles will wreak havoc on your car’s paint the minute they make contact. Regardless of how lightly you sweep away the snow, they will do damage. Shovels can also ding or scratch your car, especially if you can’t tell how deep the snow is.
Use a Foam Brush
Your best bet for snow removal is to invest in a high-quality foam brush. With these devices you can simply push or pull snow from the vehicle. One of the most popular brands today is Sno Brum, you can find this handy little device on Amazon for just $19.99.
If you don’t want to invest in a foam brush, go with what nature gave you…your hands. Obviously you’ll want to be wearing gloves (leather is preferred), but this method will work. Just be aware that you won’t be able to reach all areas of your car, especially the roof.
Invest in a Car Cover
Our last option is more of a preventative measure…a car cover. This can work on storms where the accumulation is less than a few inches. If you’re due for a major storm (6″ +) then I wouldn’t use a cover simply because it would be incredibly heavy to remove.
Regardless of what method you use, you’ll want to make sure your car is protected from the elements during the winter months. We normally suggest applying a coat of Quick Wax in the fall and a touch-up mid-winter to keep your vehicle shielded as best as possible.