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Old 08-30-2010, 09:39 AM   #1
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Default what exactly is rain-x

i love this stuff it helps keep me safer in rainstorms

big question is in lamans terms... what is it?

im going to assume its a liquid wax for glass?

and since i use it on my windsield and everywhere else that is glass along with my headlights, is it possibly to put it right on the paint?
i know there is wax for that but i didnt know if youd be able to use it in a pinch and if it would help keep more road grime off my car
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:27 AM   #2
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I think it's a type of wax, but I'm just guessing. I like the stuff, but if your wipers aren't on the new side it does sorta smear. Rain runs off GREAT at 70+ mph though.

I would NOT put it on your car. You have a 2009 and you can't afford a $5 container of wax?
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:30 AM   #3
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I would NOT put it on your car. You have a 2009 and you can't afford a $5 container of wax?

haha,
hey it was just an idea,
i have yet to hard wax my car, all ive ever used on it was cleaner wax,
ive never gone too expensive, cause where i live is VERY VERY dusty so even if i spend 3-4 hours waxing it, it just gets covered in dust
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:33 AM   #4
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Just from watching the lustre of Rain X change as I apply it, I'm assuming it's fairly volatile, and would wreak havoc on paint.

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Old 08-30-2010, 10:35 AM   #5
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good to know

also ive noticed, i try to apply the antifog rainx for ineterior, and for some reason it just doesnt seem to help at all, i still get fog

any ideas, or suggestions?

i apply it like it says i should on the bottle
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Old 08-30-2010, 02:10 PM   #6
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Rain-X i believe is either just denatured or methyl alcohol. It is not a good thing for paint because if you have ever seen vehicles that have never been cared for there is often ghosting left on the doors where the windwshield wiper fluid(which contains this in lighter concentrations) has run and it has stained and etched the paint.
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Old 08-30-2010, 02:11 PM   #7
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Rain-X isn't the best for wax.

They do have specific Rain-X waxes, but figuring most OTC waxes are under $10, why?

There are many better waxes out there.
If the store has Rain-X, they have Meguiar's Gold Class or NXT 2.0. Those are better, IMO.
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Old 08-30-2010, 02:36 PM   #8
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Doesn't it say right on the bottle to avoid getting it on painted surfaces?

If so, then Duh!
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Old 08-30-2010, 02:46 PM   #9
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Doesn't it say right on the bottle to avoid getting it on painted surfaces?

If so, then Duh!


haha im sure it does, but alas i dont have the bottle in front of me at work,
and it was just an idea thaqt popped into my head on my way to work today
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:42 PM   #10
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Essentially rainx is some type of alcohol and a liquid adhesive. Its supposed to be a glass sealant . Bot a paint sealant.
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:45 PM   #11
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Yes its a type of sealant made to reduce the surface tension of the glass, carried in a hydrocarbon base (alcohol).

The alcohol evaporates rapidly (the colors you see are from Thin Film Interference, same thing as when you spill gas on water), leaving only the sealant behind.

I'd forget buying the stuff in bottles and just use the Rain-X brand windshield wiper fluid....so much easier and never any fog to buff off after application.
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Old 08-30-2010, 07:09 PM   #12
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I applied some to my car after a night of drinking. Needless to say i gagged at the smell since it reminded me of cheap vodka.
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:06 PM   #13
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Aqua-pel is a MUCH better product. When I used rainx it seemed I was alway needing to reapply it every other month or so. Aqua-pel I put on at the start of the rainy season and it lasts all winter.
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:53 PM   #14
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Rain-x is silicone dissolved in some sort of solvent. Supposedly the silicone polymerizes when the solvent evaporates, but i have no idea how.
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Rain-x is silicone dissolved in some sort of solvent. Supposedly the silicone polymerizes when the solvent evaporates, but i have no idea how.
I am pretty sure this the correct answer. liquid silicone and alcohol.
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Old 08-31-2010, 02:25 PM   #16
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Pledge works just as good as rain-x... but you have to reapply off and on.
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Old 08-31-2010, 06:20 PM   #17
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I have been using it for years now, and it works great. Sometimes if its raining at night and im on the highway, I dont even know it; the water just flys off. Also works great in the winter for ice and snow. I usually reapply it every month or bi-monthly.
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