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Old 03-14-2013, 08:21 PM   #1
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Doubt that there is a solution, but thought I would ask if there were any way to protect the backup camera lens from dirt and slush that inevitably cloud vision on muddy streets. Probably periodically wiping it off is the only remedy, but, my, does it get clouded over a lot!
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:06 PM   #2
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Im with you. A strong rain and one drop will cover the whole view, no matter how clean you keep it.
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You could get a VW emblem from one of those that pop open when put in reverse and then either leave it or cover it with a bowtie. Of course that involves some surgery...

Get a headlight wiper from a Volvo or Mercedes.

Get a rear window washer squirter and aim it at the camera.

Use RainX.

Put a small hood over it to reduce the debris attracted to it.
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The problem with all those besides putting in a new cam is thats its a pinky sized camera right above the license plate, so it has a small hood already. Its smaller than the connector on a wiper. Rain-x may work though, ill have to give that a shot.
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Looked up Rain-x and there are four or five different Rain-x products involving cleaning glass. Can anyone recommend one in particular? And is the camera lens glass or plastic? If plastic, is Rain-x acceptable to GM? Thanks!
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I know it sounds sort of crazy but when the backup camera gets obscured by water or something I actually fall back to prehistoric times and look either behind me or in the mirror. Crazy I know, but it actually works.

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I know it sounds sort of crazy but when the backup camera gets obscured by water or something I actually fall back to prehistoric times and look either behind me or in the mirror. Crazy I know, but it actually works.

Mirrors are good. But wife is too short to see the blind spot behind the rear window that well. Suppose I could get out and walk behind as she backs the car. That is even more prehistoric. And sort of negates any advantage the camera was meant to offer. On the other hand, perhaps keeping damp towelettes in the car would offer some help. Not sure if the lens is covered by plastic or glass, and fearful the wrong product might damage it. Just looking for a solution.

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Not really sure what its made of but i waxed mine when i waxed the car it does help alittle but not a whole lot.
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Im fairly limited in the looking around caragory. I usually roll them down a little so I can see out when backing up, but I cant really do that in the rain. My windows are way to dark to see out of, especially given the visibility of this gen Malibu.
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RainX can be applied to glass or plastic. I've put it on my windows, my headlights, and every once in a while some of the chrome.

When spraying it on the windshield some of it gets on the paint but it has never hurt it or caused it to peel, bubble, or etc.

The product you're looking for is labeled "RainX Original" and it comes in a bright yellow spray bottle. The sprayer is black. UPC # 79118 11402.

Here's a link to their web page for the product you need:

RainX link: clicky clicky!

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