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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

I've also been using Rain-X for over 10 years. I can instantly tell whether other people's vehicles I'm in are using it or not.

I've tried all of the varieties of Rain-X. I didn't find the spray bottle ones to work as well as the original that you have to pour onto the windshield or a cloth. I think depending on the age of the spray bottle, the wax just coagulates in the bottle and never sprays out. I think there is less alcohol content or whatever evaporates in the spray bottle as well, making it take longer to dry to a light haze.

Once you apply it you really have to buff it good to get rid of the streaks. While you're buffing it, I usually see some wax crumble up and roll down the windshield. THAT's my indication it's going on correctly. If this doesn't happen, I don't think it's dried enough, you've applied enough, or your Rain-X is a good batch. I don't find the bottles to last a long time in the car or storage.

I generally use Rain-X bug wash wiper fluid most of the season and then Rain-X de-icer fluid in the winter. Keeps a very light coat on the glass.

When Rain-X is applied correctly, I find wipers optional even in moderate rain. Rain rolls right off. The best part is that you don't get water spots on your windshield.

Now, those of you complaining about smearing while it is raining after treatment, I wonder, what wiper blades are you using?

I got a buy-one-get-one deal on Rain-X Latitude blades and figured I'd try them. They worked great on my '96 ZJ, but I'm noticing smearing on the WK2. I think the WK2 might be better off with metal-frame blades and not curved blades. I think they might be adding too much pressure and end up scraping the Rain-X off. I previously used Bosch ICON on the ZJ and loved them, so maybe the Bosch blades are just better, but I think they are curved less.

One thing is for sure, the stock blades and stock wiper fluid were a sad state of things when I pulled away from the dealer a few weeks ago.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:54 PM
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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

I've used MANY types of blades with Rain X, OEM blades, Bosch blades, Rain X blades, PIAA blades.

I have the Bosch ICON on the Jeep right now and they're great. FAR better blade than the Rain X Latitude blade.
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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

Yeah, I figure I'll be switching back to Bosch ICONs next time.. but BOGO is never a bad thing. They work decently well. Wonder if putting one of each is the real test!
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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

You might want to try PIAA blades. They're my all time favorite blades, and they're silicone and supposedly deposit some rain-x like substance on the windshield.

http://www.piaa.com/wiperblades/

I got the ICONs because the OEM wipers were AWFUL and I needed something over the counter, but I'll replace them with the PIAA blades.

Their inserts fit in most OEM housings too to save some cash...they're not cheap.
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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

One problem... $75+ a pair is kind of a lot for blades! I thought $40 for the Bosch or Rain-X was steep.

Are they that much better to warrant the price difference? Do they last longer?

They also don't have a 21" & 22" pair.
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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

I would pay the money for them over the Icons every time.

They're not that expensive depending on where you buy them. TireRack has the SiTech (the flat beam type blade) for $24 a side, and have them in the proper size:

http://www.tirerack.com/wipers/detai...redo+X+Package

You can also just buy the refills for $8 each and I bet they will fit in the OEM blade housing. They fit in the Lexus/Toyota OEM housings:

http://www.tirerack.com/wipers/detai...redo+X+Package

Absolutely the best wiper blades I've ever used...and I've used them all.
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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

Update. Bit the bullet and bought the PIAA 96050 and 96055 Forza Hybrid Silicone Wiper Blades. They are 20" and 22". The pair on Amazon was around $68.

They seem to be fantastic blades, though I haven't had them in a good down pour yet. They seem to have much more consistent pressure against the glass thanks to the metal frame.

The Rain-X blades and other beam blades seem to be a little uneven over time.

$68+ is steep for wiper blades... but I'm fine with it if they really do last. I know refills are cheaper too.. Time will tell.
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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

i buy the 7-10 dollar blades for my vehicles and never have a problem with them and rain x.... maybe i don't know what im missing with the pricey blades but I will stick with cheaper ones..they work for me.. hell..my Tacoma STILL has the factory blades...its an 07 with 62k on it...they still work fine..I was thinking that the other day I can't believe I haven't replaced them yet..
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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

Actually Toyota's have really good OEM blades. I always run the OEM blades on the Lexus because I've tried everything else and they're the best.
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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

Rain x is worthless!
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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

Depends on where you live. In Florida we get some real frog-stranglers & I've been using Rain-X for years. Polly nothing more than wax but when the rain is coming down so fast the wipers can't keep up, it helps.
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Re: Where NOT to apply rain x(windshield)

I still buy the Bosch blades when OEMs are no longer useful. I only get maybe a year or so from the OEMs vs a few years with the Bosch.
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