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I'm always a bit wary of using de-icer so choose to stand in my car park with a brew whilst the car is defrosting - does de-icer really damage your paintwork?
I must admit, I'm not keen on de-icer myself (it usually has petroleum distillates in it, and lots of warnings about not getting it onto the paintwork), for that reason, I don't use it(some will no doubt swear blind that they've used it for years without a problem, and fair play if that's worked), I'd be more concerned about it not...
Something that you can do which speeds up the defrosting process (safely) is to place a hot water bottle on the dashboard (not touching the windscreen), also, when running the engine from cold, don't be tempted to turn the heater to max heat until the gauge shows the engine's temp increasing (otherwise, you are drawing any heat from the engine, blowing cold air onto the windscreen, and delaying the engine from reaching a warm temp).
An ice scraper will also assist with the side windows & upper regions of the windscreen.
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