Summer and winter windscreen cleaners – do not mix

A question on the subject of windscreen cleaners we are frequently being asked now is: “Can you actually mix a summer cleaner with a winter one?” Our Expert will has the right tip ready for you:

“When changing from summer to winter mode, the windscreen washer reservoir should first be sprayed as empty as possible. The reason for this is, the water contained in the windscreen wiper system reduces the freeze protection of the winter product, and the higher the remaining quantity of summer product, the greater the reduction.

Our Recommendation is: The new SONAX Antifreeze & clear view BLUE ENERGY with its energetic fragrance makes a pleasant change from the usual winter windscreen cleaner lemon scent. The modern product with its handy round bottle can be poured from all positions. As a ready to use mixture, in an optimum dosage with softened water, it provides clear vision even faster. The windscreen wipers will then require a minimal number of strokes, and that reduces consumption of cleaning fluid. Caution is advised with cheap products: Not only do they often function badly, they can also cause stress cracking in plastic headlight lenses. The consumption of cleaner is also above average high, which will very quickly cancel out the supposed saving.

Another tip: we regard the freeze protection data, claimed by several products as “to -60°C, as misleading: first, because in our latitudes temperatures of -20°C are rather seldom. And second,

in order to attain such unnecessary freeze protection, the product has to be used undiluted. The low water content leads to a poor cleaning result, particularly with the typical salt film. That is why the product’s cleaning performance is more important than the highest possible freeze protection. This is mixed by the manufacturer with water into a specific and optimum mixture and, it is ready to use in the area of application in which the salt film impairs visibility most – with temperatures around freezing point to a maximum of -20°C.”

Exterior, Paintwork and Chrome

SONAX Insect star against „paint devourers“

The vexatious summer topic of insects will probably never cease: Insect dirt looks nasty and it damages the car’s paintwork. The organic “paint devourers” can induce serious damage, particularly when exposed to solar radiation. And the longer it sticks to the paintwork, the deeper the residues eat into the paintwork surface.
The anti-glare headlight lenses have to withstand a lot: climatic influences, UV radiation, acid rain, de-icing salt and road dirt, with time they will ensure that the plastic is matt and yellowed.
A high performance winter windscreen cleaner guarantees clear vision in seconds. That is good for safer driving, but it also has a positive effect on cost calculation.
Olaf G from Essen asks: Nowadays, car windscreen cleaners are not only offered as concentrates, but also as ready to use mixtures. What would you recommend“?
XTREME Series / Tyres, Rims, Rubber

Wellness for the precious metal

Although the dirt is not as noticeable on dark lacquered rims, nevertheless they ought to be regularly cleaned, just like the rims in classic design, before those beautiful wheels are attacked by aggressive dirt contamination.
When you have a winter windscreen cleaner in the tank and a windscreen de-icer ready to hand, then you actually have the winter under control. Almost: For we continually receive queries asking how to prevent the doors from freezing shut.
XTREME Series / Tyres, Rims, Rubber

„Spring cleaning“ for winter wheels

When it’s time to change over to summer tyres, you should take the opportunity to thoroughly clean off the winter dirt contamination and to care for the tyres and wheels. Be sure to use an acid free wheel cleaner.
XTREME Series / Exterior, Paintwork and Chrome

Perfection in every detail

When it comes to perfect paintwork care results, a detailer is an absolute must for the crowning achievement. SONAX expert Richard Hanauer explains what’s so special about it. „As the name suggests, it’s all about the details.
Interior, Glass / Accessories and Aids

New shine for "piano lacquer" – scratch removal made easy

For best results you can remove the piano lacquer scratches with the „SONAX Scratch remover for plastics“.