Originally Posted by mjw930
Since you are very familiar with the products at the manufacturing level can you compare them to Valeo blades? I used them a number of years ago when they were first introduced into the US market and noticed they lasted 2 to 3 times longer than any ANCO or Bosch blade. I switched the the Bosch beam blade and they are trash after 6 months in the FL heat. I've been going to order up some Valeo's from Tirerack but seeing your post and being able to get them through Amazon for a discount (and free shipping) may make them my new blade of choice. So, can you compare them to Valeo? Thanks!
I'll try to help, but I am definitely not an expert. In general, most wiper blades use a natural rubber. It's cheap and easy to come by. The rubber breaks down due to exposure to UV rays. They are designed to last six months tops.
I don't know too much about Valeo's wipers but from their web-site it looks like they are using a natural rubber product. Even the Tec3 wiper, which says they use a combination of rubbers (including a synthetic) still have a natural rubber wiping edge. I am skeptical of any coating because it is inherently exposed to friction and eventually has to break down.
The Silblades on the other hand use silicone rubber. Silicone has better UV resistance so in the heat they should work for you much better. Every Silblade I have ever used has transferred a thin, invisible film on my windshield. This film causes the water to bead-up and is like you have Rain-X on your windshield all the time. In a downpour it is a very noticeable difference. When I get in a rental car on a rainy day I wish I had them to swap in.
Again, not advertising for this because I am no longer affiliated with the wipers. I don't know if they have made any changes to the product in the past year. From personal experience I can tell you that I had them on five different cars and never worried about them. The longest I had them on one vehicle was 4.5 years and I sold the car with them on it. I check to make sure Silblades are available for any car I am thinking about purchasing. They're that good.
Anyway, that is my two cents. Take it for what it's worth. I am running the Silblade Premium's on my car now. Good luck!