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#261622 - 07/04/13 09:42 PM windshield wiper upgrade
LesSnyder Offline
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Registered: 07/11/10
Posts: 1378
Loc: New Port Richey, Fla
the Florida west coast has been getting torrential rains for pretty much the last week... I'm talking frog strangler horizontal rain...I just spent $40 on a pair of RainX top of the line wipers... it may not be the best $40 I've ever spent, but it's up there....

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#261624 - 07/04/13 10:47 PM Re: windshield wiper upgrade [Re: LesSnyder]
jzmtl Offline
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Registered: 03/18/10
Posts: 530
Loc: Montreal Canada
An actual application of rain-x is probably cheaper and more functional, for wipers I like those frameless spring design, full contact and no wind lift.

Rain x works really well when above 50 mph or so, better visibility even without wiper on, below that it doesn't do much.

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#261626 - 07/05/13 12:40 AM Re: windshield wiper upgrade [Re: LesSnyder]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2538
Loc: Alberta, Canada
A caution about Rain-X:

Windshield repair outfits won't guarantee a chip or crack repair if you have Rain-X applied. Apparently it goes into the cracks and even with special cleaning the bonding agent may or may not take. It's 50-50 at best.

-Doug, who has saved a small fortune through long-crack repairs

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#261630 - 07/05/13 04:24 AM Re: windshield wiper upgrade [Re: LesSnyder]
RAV Offline
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Registered: 08/31/09
Posts: 2
Loc: Middlesex, Massachusetts
+1 for Rain-X - either the liquid added to your washer reservoir or the orange stuff that is pre-mixed.

Also use the 'titanium' blades that are one piece and curved. Though expensive, they last a long time. I had a set last 18 months here in New England.

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#261633 - 07/05/13 04:54 AM Re: windshield wiper upgrade [Re: ]
jzmtl Offline
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Registered: 03/18/10
Posts: 530
Loc: Montreal Canada
Originally Posted By: IzzyJG99


Works poorly here in Florida. They treat my windshield as a complimentary option at my local Toyota Dealership when I get the cars serviced. It lasts about 2 days in the Florida Sun. I think the heat evaporates the hydrophobic compounds. I actually see more "spotting" on my windshield after they treat the car. Probably because they're not cleaning the windshield properly before applying. I've done applications of it at home and it's no better.


That's strange, the carrier (which smells like alcohol) evaporate but silicon doesn't, the only way it comes off is by wearing. I've used it for years and it works perfectly.

Did you follow the instruction exactly? I've seen people who just spray it on and expect it to work. You need to clean the windshield, wipe it on evenly with a rag, wait till dry, then buff till you can't see any swirls only clean windshield.

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#261637 - 07/05/13 07:10 AM Re: windshield wiper upgrade [Re: LesSnyder]
Tjin Offline
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Registered: 04/08/02
Posts: 1650
I like rain-x when it rains, but when it's fog/drizzle-ish the water form tiny beads that the wipers push around, but not always wipe away. Still not sure if it's worth it's money...
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#261640 - 07/05/13 02:40 PM Re: windshield wiper upgrade [Re: RAV]
Glock-A-Roo Offline
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Registered: 04/16/03
Posts: 1076
Originally Posted By: RAV
+1 for Rain-X - either the liquid added to your washer reservoir or the orange stuff that is pre-mixed.


Many years ago I tried the regular, concentrated Rain-X treatment. Though I applied it properly it worked for a short while but would then develop smearing. Nowadays I use the orange Rain-X premixed windshield wiper fluid. Every time you use the fluid, you rejuvenate the Rain-X treatment. I get great results when it rains, and I get no smearing, ever.

It has been at least 10 years since I used the original Rain-X, maybe the formulation is better now.

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#261664 - 07/07/13 03:01 AM Re: windshield wiper upgrade [Re: LesSnyder]
Eugene Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2800
I had the same problem with the original, after a short time it would start streaking bad. I've started using the washer fluid too since it does reapply often.

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#261689 - 07/09/13 01:50 PM Re: windshield wiper upgrade [Re: LesSnyder]
RNewcomb Offline
Member

Registered: 04/19/12
Posts: 170
Loc: Iowa
I've had good luck with Rain-X here in Iowa. When I apply it, I clean the windshield thoroughly, apply the Rain-x, wait for it to "cloud", then buff it off. I do this while the car is in the Garage, out of direct sunlight, and I let it sit overnight.

I've heard good things about the additive for the windshield washers, but have never tried it. I don't use mine enough for it to probably be really effective..

Corn moth season is upon us here in Iowa though, and those things will make a huge mess on your windshield! Rain-X might help get the stuff off... but only good Bug-B-Gone spray cuts the "grease".. so to speak.

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#261700 - 07/09/13 08:36 PM Re: windshield wiper upgrade [Re: LesSnyder]
JPickett Offline
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Registered: 08/03/12
Posts: 264
Loc: Missouri
Is this your corn moth?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HelicoverpazeaAdultVentral.JPG

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