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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

i use my wipers with my rain x sometimes..depending on how fast im driving..the water blows off at higher speeds better.. i really like it on the side and rear windows...hardly any water stays on those at any decent speed...and lets not forget the side mirrors..same thing.. for example..my rsx hatch window has a tiny little wiper...but i never use it since the rain x lets the water slide right off the entire rear window..
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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

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Anyone use Aquapel? ...
Based on my personal experience, it's the best stuff around. I used to log about 40K miles a year, mostly in the south and southwest. Lot's of thunderstorms, etc. Tried Rain X and was never satisfied. While have some maintenance done I saw a advertisement for Aquapel, thinking "snake oil", the manager saw me and said he'd treat the windshield for free. Ever since I've used it faithfully, about 12 years. It lasts about 4 to 6 months. Easy to apply, no streaking, and on most vehicles I don't have to use wipers at highway speeds. With the JGC's auto wipers I don't have any problems, but with my previous vehicle it was great, as it did not have auto wipers.

One applicator covers front and side windows. I don't bother with the back often, as it gets pretty "crusty" no matter what I do.

I always start with Permatex No Touch Auto Glass Stripper to thoroughly clean the glass, then apply Aquapel.

Some guy put a You Tube video up on Aquapel vs. Rain X, not HD but gives you a good idea.

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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

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I thought when you use RainX you don't use your wipers? Am I missing something?
I use it mostly to avoid water spots.

You can also use optimum spray wax which works alot better and last longer than rain-x
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Based on my personal experience, it's the best stuff around. I used to log about 40K miles a year, mostly in the south and southwest. Lot's of thunderstorms, etc. Tried Rain X and was never satisfied. While have some maintenance done I saw a advertisement for Aquapel, thinking "snake oil", the manager saw me and said he'd treat the windshield for free. Ever since I've used it faithfully, about 12 years. It lasts about 4 to 6 months. Easy to apply, no streaking, and on most vehicles I don't have to use wipers at highway speeds. With the JGC's auto wipers I don't have any problems, but with my previous vehicle it was great, as it did not have auto wipers.

One applicator covers front and side windows. I don't bother with the back often, as it gets pretty "crusty" no matter what I do.

I always start with Permatex No Touch Auto Glass Stripper to thoroughly clean the glass, then apply Aquapel.

Some guy put a You Tube video up on Aquapel vs. Rain X, not HD but gives you a good idea.

Great video comparison. Looks like I'll be switching...
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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

Yeah I much prefer Aquapel to RainX, but even Aquapel I've never really had a need for when keeping a nice clean windshield.

My problem with RainX always was when using the wipers with RainX on the windshield, the area where the wipers travel would always smear. They wouldn't wipe and then go clear, they would wipe and then leave a smear. Almost like there was some sort of greasy film on the windshield. This is with high quality wiper blades, I've always run high quality blades.

I didn't have that issue with Aquapel.
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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

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Rain x works great when its light rain and you don't want to use your wipers. Also in heavy rain when your wipers are undermatched with the down pour.
Same for me. Been using it on all my vehicles since 1971
with great results and no ill effects some here are reporting. Learned about it while participating in road racing. Using Rain-X I could remove the wipers and the wiper motors from the car thus another weight saving mod which was inconsequential since visibility was not impaired one bit.
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I use the rain x spray on all exterior glass and love it. I occasionally have a streak but that just means I didnt quite apply it right. Not a ton of extra work for the benefits. Rain runs right off all I need wipers for sometime is light road spray. I hate driving through rain without it. I love the way water runs right off the side and rear glass too.


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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

I had a strong dislike for RainX until I realized I was applying it incorrectly. If you follow the instructions to a T, it will work wonders.

If I recall correctly, my biggest issue was leaving the RainX on without removing the excess residue. After you go through the two layers take a dry rag and go over the windows until you can't see any of the streaking or smearing. After doing that I never had another streak or smear.

Personally I only like to use it on my side and rear windows. Over the years, regardless of the car or wiper blades, it always caused an annoying squeak with my blades.
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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

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I had a strong dislike for RainX until I realized I was applying it incorrectly. If you follow the instructions to a T, it will work wonders.
Hit the nail on the head. You must apply it correctly, wiping it with a clean rag until all streaks are gone. Just got home from driving through a monsoon and my windshield was crystal clear the entire time.
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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

I've always applied it correctly and don't care for it.
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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

I usually have to do the spritz of water to get my haze removed. Bottle says to do so..
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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

Thats not my problem. I remove all the haze, the windshield is perfectly clear...until it rains then I have smearing where the wipers travel and noisy wipers.
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