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Rain-X, not bad.

My windshield, like many other parts on my car, is just about twenty seven years old now and it has the usual pits and scratches to show for it. Not a problem except when driving in the rain at night.

Then all those little imperfections seem to catch reflections from oncoming headlights and street lamps making it very difficult to see and making me a little uncomfortable.

IÕm usually extremely skeptical of these types of products but tonight I tried Rain-X for the first time and IÕd have to say, it made a noticeable difference, enough in fact for me to enjoy the drive instead of dreading it.

I doubt this product would make much of a difference with new windshields but since many of the people on this board have older cars I though I would pass along my latest safety upgrade.
Old 12-17-2005, 10:24 PM
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We use it on all the family cars and its great. Its like a glass wax and when it starts raining if your moving at speed you almost dont even need the wipers. Every time I go to a race I mean to ask the mechanics what they use on the windscreens when it rains.
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I had a new windshield installed in my Toyota. It was terrible in the rain. I tried Rain-X and it worked great! I did have to re-apply it once every couple of days during the "heavy" rain periods.

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Works well, but doesn't last long. More of a PITA than it's worth in my experience,

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I installed some once long ago that lasted for months, but the last few times that I've tried rainX it's not lasted very long at all. I'm not sure what the secret is to getting it to last a while, but if any one figures it out let me know.
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Proper preparation prevents piss poor performance..

To get the best out of it you need to completely remove any dirt etc on the glass...I use AutoGlym Glass polish which helps remove scratches as well.. then the RainX....

I love the stuff....
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Used it for years and love the stuff. Above 30 mph I never use the wipers ...

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The secret to making it last and getting better performance is to put on several coats. I use in on my Toyota p/u in the snow. It make it look like the snow just disappears about 3 ft. before it gets to your windshield. No more iced up wipers......
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Like MFAFF says it helps to start clean. I'll clean with 50/50 white vinegar/water.. sometimes.


Then one coat, wait a few min to dry, then a 2nd coat.

Then squirt the glass w/H2O on fogged glass without rubbing it clean. It's then as thick as possible and lasts longer. Sometimes I'll just very lightly drag a soaking towel/paper towel over the glass instead of the hose. Then hand squeeze the towel dry and lightly use the towel on the big drops.
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Rain-X has another product to prevent fogging on interior windows. Has anyone tried it?
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yeah , fog-x
couldn't do without it in my 924 with crappy blower

i've been using both products for probably 10 years now , first got to know em through guys who commute with a bike and theyuse them to prep the helmet visor...
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good aftermarket windshields are in $125-$150 price range. At this price you can change them once every 5 years if you desire. Once installed, it's a nite/day difference compared to the old, pitted, 20 + year old windshield
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I see Rain-X as a double-edged sword...

yes..it has advantages as posted here....

BUT..the fomula is silicone based..and it leaves an ever-so-slightly noticable "streak" after every swipe of the wiper blade ( when wiper motion is used). Never *really* a nice clean swipe like on new glass with new wiper blades...

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I agree.
Rain-X works fine when it's raining, but always leaves a slight streak/glaze behind and refracts light making it more difficult to see out of the windshield in bright light.

I just installed new wiper blades and cleaned the inside and outside of the front and back windows, followed with a coat of Rain-X.

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I've had good luck with Rain X. I've also found that with Rain X it is easier to clear ice/snow from the windshield. The product is available in "swipes" which makes the process of applying it a little easier. But I would agree with others in that preparation and proper application is key.
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Does Rain-X also work on rear windows on cabriolet tops?
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I wouldn't use it on a cab top, i think that it would be hard to buff off and would leave a hazzy residue on the plastic type window...

but for my experience with rain x, its great and well worth the effort. I don't use my wipers most of the time on my porsche when its raining and for my 54 ford it doesn't have wipers at all, And beads the rain just fine to see out the windsheild. just apply it heavily and get a work out buffing it out. around my area, the winter time it rains everyday. just my .22 cents
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I use Castrol Accuvision. I basicaly use in place of Windex and it works great.
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When my wiper motor failed on me a few months back, I used Rain-X on my windscreen until I was able to rip out the motor to fix the problem. It worked wonders for me
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Try clay bar on your glass first. You'll be amazed at all the crap it removes.

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