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    Freezing rain ahead

    Hi guys. We are expected to get a dose of freezing rain here tonight. With the very high winds coming from the east, it will plaster the driver side of both our cars. I have a can of this silicone spray in the house.


    This stuff is great for plastic sliding door rails/tracks and the like. I wonder if it would be safe to use as a de-icer for window jams and door locks on a car? My de-icer spray is in the car....go figure.
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    throw a tarp or plastic drop cloth over the driver's door. Stick it to the roof with tape or magnets.

    let the freezing rain stick to the cover. In the morning, just pull it off.

    Other alternates
    Turn the car around. put the passenger side to the wind.
    In the morning, dump a bucket of warm water on the door. This will "shock" or crack the ice.


    I was raised in Northern Iowa. Many times the cars were frozen shut. Multiple methods to easily open the car.
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    Move to where its warm
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    I wish, Murray, but this won't really last that long. And thanks Knute, I know of those ideas, but it's a bit late for that, and I am still somewhat home-bound and unable to do much physically. Wife is out of town in NC, so I'll just let it ride out.

    I was more interested in knowing if this spray would work, or harm.
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    I don't think silicone spray will work as a de icer. It could work if you spray it on before the ice starts since silicone and water don't mix.
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    The best means of avoiding ice is a warm climate....
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    I don't think silicone would melt the ice and I am not sure about how any residue will effect seeing out of the windows if you sprayed it on first. Where you can use silicone spray is on the rubber door seals to help keep them from sticking if the water runs in around the edges of the doors & freezes as often happens when rain turns to freezing rain.

    I'm with Knute about the tarp & magnets. We have done that in past years when I didn't have the garage cleaned out enough for Kay to park inside before the bad weather starts. Its even better if you can cover the windshield and the door.

    BTW: Tarps aren't just for cars. They were forecasting freezing rain on the 29th of Jan. 2013. As I was getting ready to push Eccles out of the garage it occurred to me that if I put that over the seat & fairing I wouldn't have to remove ice from them before I came home. It worked so well that I ordered a motorcycle cover and started covering it up in the parking lot if I thought we might get snow or freezing rain.
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    Thanks guys, that info helps. If I had the where-with-all (and ability) to cover with a tarp, I would have. I recall days gone by when I've done many of the tips above. Now I have a better idea of what to do with the spray anyway. Thanks.
    It turned out to be quite messy this morning, but I don't have plans on going out until it thaws a bit more this afternoon, if at all.
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    BTW: The tarp in the pic is a $1 store special. It is darker in the middle because I had it hanging up when I was painting and I test sprayed on it
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    The graphite powder stuff works well for preventing iced up locks, but sometimes they just get iced up. Best method I know of for thawing a lock of any kind is to cup your hand and blow through it into the keyhole. Despite the moisture in your breath, that warm air does the trick every time (assuming the lock isnt under a thick coating of ice).
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