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Rain X makes my wipers skip

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Ted Flynn's picture
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I love Rain X, but when I put it on my 08 R class, the darn wipers skip - not slide across the windshield.

After time of course, this settles down and they act normal again.

Anybody hear of this?

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Re: Rain X makes my wipers skip

I never use Rain-X on the windshield because it contains silicones. The problem about which I know is a bit different. If you get silicone on your paint by accident, that area will be very difficult to repaint or touch up, should the need arise. Also, application of Rain-X just takes to darn much time and effort.

As an alternative, I do apply a liquid carnauba car wax to my windshields (or a carnauba/synthetic mix like Meguair's #26). This does not last as long as Rain-X is reputed, but application is a 3 minute job -- and no wiper-skip. In fact, the soft and slick carnauba finish makes the wipers move more smoothly. And because the finish is soft and self-sacrificing, bugs, sap, and ice don't stick on as firmly. Water continues to "roll up" when driving on highways in the rain for several months.

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Re: Rain X makes my wipers skip

dolebludger;156117 wrote:
I never use Rain-X on the windshield because it contains silicones. The problem about which I know is a bit different. If you get silicone on your paint by accident, that area will be very difficult to repaint or touch up, should the need arise. Also, application of Rain-X just takes to darn much time and effort.

As an alternative, I do apply a liquid carnauba car wax to my windshields (or a carnauba/synthetic mix like Meguair's #26). This does not last as long as Rain-X is reputed, but application is a 3 minute job -- and no wiper-skip. In fact, the soft and slick carnauba finish makes the wipers move more smoothly. And because the finish is soft and self-sacrificing, bugs, sap, and ice don't stick on as firmly. Water continues to "roll up" when driving on highways in the rain for several months.

I was going to try Rain X but I'll try the carnauba wax option instead.Thanks dolebludger!

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