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Old 10-07-2010, 07:19 AM   #1
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Default Rain X vs. Waxing the windshield

Does anyone have any experience with waxing their windshield? It is something i have always wanted to do, thinking it should have the same effect as Rain X, letting the water bead up and roll off.

Is there any danger in getting a build up of haze?

Might it protect the shield from all the little dings we all know and love?
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:05 AM   #2
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I wax my glass whenever I do the car. Have been for years. It doesn't have anywhere near the same effect as Rain-X. I just do all my glass. I am not a fan of Rain-X. The one time I used it (years ago) I was like this stuff kinda works. Until it rained harder and I had to use my wipers and they chattered like nothing I have seen before.
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Old 10-07-2010, 03:39 PM   #3
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My first experience with Rain-X was 1986. Bugs come off easily, rain flies away. Been using it since. All ya gotta do is put it on about every month or two or three, depending on wiper usage. The only real drawback I've encountered is when driving in light rain under street lights. Other than that it has always been better with it applied than without.
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Hum, maybe I gotta try this again....it has been like 10 years LOL.
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Default Re: Rain X vs. Waxing the windshield

Easy instructions:
Get a roll of paper towels (for convenience)
Large cup or water bottle of clear water

Clean window normally but thoroughly and let dry fully

Fold one towel in half, then half again
Squirt some Rain-X on 1/2 of windshield
Spread with folded towel, being sure to cover to edges
Do other half

Let it haze a little and repeat application

IMPORTANT! Let it haze over

Get several sections of paper towel and fold into 1/4 sheet (like application, but way thicker)

Squirt water on 1/2 of windshield starting at top
Drench it!
Dry with folded towel, then flip over to dry side and wipe same area
It'll get real slippery at this point

You may need to get some more towels - just make sure they're dry, not damp
Do other 1/2 same way

Finally, let any left over stuff haze over again, then repeat rinse steps (if needed)

Operate car in a driving rain (hmmm, I wonder why they call it that?)

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Old 10-07-2010, 07:34 PM   #6
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Default Re: Rain X vs. Waxing the windshield

I've been using the RainX windshield washer fluid for the past 10 years and it beads the water and it just runs off. I find that I don't even need to turn the wipers on unless I'm driving behind some slow poke and the water is not flowing off quickly enough. I also use the winter blend. There is no particular reason for this. At this time of year, it usually goes on sale and I just stock up on it.
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Old 10-10-2010, 12:57 AM   #7
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Rain-X is great. I used it on my '61 truck since I could not use my wipers. The mount for the drivers side was arm was busted and would allow the arm to flip over and scratch the window. Applied Rain-X and did not have to worry about using the wipers again.
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Default Re: Rain X vs. Waxing the windshield

I tried RainX several years ago and while it worked well initially it didn't seem to last very long. Then I went to a quicklube place when I moved to Virginia and they talked me into trying a product that they had called AquaPel. It worked better that RainX and lasted 5-6 months! I rarely had to use my wipers! At speeds of 35mph or greater the water would just roll off so quickly and completely that the wipers were then unnecessary.

The big problem is that AquaPel was never available on the retail channels. It was made by PPG and attempts to obtain any directly from them have been unsuccessful. Has anyone else had experience with this product? Do you know where I can get some?
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Old 10-10-2010, 05:57 AM   #9
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Looks like it is available at amazon:
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Default Re: Rain X vs. Waxing the windshield

I bought a 12-pack but can't remember from where. If you cant' find it I'll take a look and see if I can find out.

I agree: Rain-X wears off faster. I tried AquaPel but must not have applied it correctly. Still have most of the 12 left. Will try again.
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