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Old 11-11-2000, 06:16 PM   #1
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Post RainX, a savior! pros and cons....

I put rainX on all my vehicles.I re-apply to the RS after every rainstorm, (probably overkill *shrug*)and I have nothing but nice things to say about it. You can use your wippers with it and it dosn't effect the stuff too much. It is best used if you regulary go over 50mph, that is when it is most effective. And an extra bonus: When the ice/snow settles on the car, it comes of MUCH easier with RainX on.
BUT. Stay away from the RainX Anti Fog. That stuff is terrible! The haze it leaves behind is 10X worse than any morning fog left by a cool night. Every day I had to wipe at the haze. It kept re-appearing. Save yourself the agony of taking this stuff off every day for a week, and don't use it.

anyone else know of any cool secret products taht help out with anything in particular?


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Old 11-11-2000, 07:02 PM   #2
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RAIN-X RULES!!! I use it probably as often as you, and for the same reasons. I love not having to use my wipers on the interstates!!!
And you are right about the Anti-Fog stuff. It leaves a terrible glaze, which is impossible to get off.

As for secrets; not really, but I do use newspaper (WSJ works best) to clean the inside windows.

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Old 11-11-2000, 07:09 PM   #3
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I've been using Rain-x for years on my moms car, and on my car. One tip -- after you apply it to your car and "rinse" it off with water, make sure you dry and wipe your windows clear! If you don't, little water spots will appear and your window will appear dirty!

And ttoversteer is right -- use newspaper to clean your windows! It does wonders. After I apply Rain-x, I wipe it dry as possible with my sponge-cloth, and then use newspaper to polish my windows! I can't wait until it rains again!

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Old 11-12-2000, 01:26 AM   #4
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I LOVE RAIN-X!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pro's:
1. Front windshield stays cleaner
2. Wipers last longer due to less friction
3. Hardly ever use the wipers in the rain. With the extreme pitch of my SVXs front windsheild their is hardly any need to use the wipers. The rain simply rolls off out of the way Even at lower speeds.
4. Works wonders at keeping my headlights from frosting/hazing over after I polish them. See http://www.i-club.com/ubb-files/Forum3/HTML/000102.html

Cons:
1.Only one.... I wish it was a one time application. Not once a month

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Old 11-12-2000, 06:20 AM   #5
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I've been using rain-x since way before I had a car. I use to use it on my motorcycle's shield. Great stuff. But you are right. I remember when they started to make the fog-x sometime back. Really bad stuff.
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Old 11-12-2000, 01:07 PM   #6
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The only problem I have with it is that when I try to write numbers for AutoX on my windows with shoe polish, it just doesn't stick....
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Old 11-12-2000, 06:37 PM   #7
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I haven't put either Rain-X or Fog-X on my car yet (though I have both, probably going to put the Rain-X on tomorrow), and I've found that the Fog-X works pretty good on glasses. No haze or anything. Can't speak for the car, though
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Old 11-12-2000, 07:18 PM   #8
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and I've found that the Fog-X works pretty good on glasses. No haze or anything. Can't speak for the car, though
lol, funny i have contacts now, so i dont have to worry about the woes of glasses.
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Old 11-12-2000, 10:04 PM   #9
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i have heard that if you put rain-x on your windows other peoples head lights glare real bad at night. has this happened to you guys or do i just talk to stupid people that dont know what they are doing? is it the washing and the rubbing after it is applied that makes the difference or what? i hate having to use wipers. they are some of the most annoying (yet useful) things ever invented.
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Old 11-12-2000, 10:07 PM   #10
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After you apply rain-x, if you don't "polish" the window clear, it'll leave a residue on it that will cause glare from headlights and sunlight. If you wipe it clear, you won't have any problems!

Oh yeah, another bonus of rain-x is that stickers won't stick to your window. At a driving school that I went to, they put those "Hello, my name is (blank)" nametag stickers on our windows. When people tore off that sticker, it came off in bits-and-pieces cauz the glue stuck to the window. Mine came off in one easy piece!

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Old 11-12-2000, 11:20 PM   #11
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Penphoe is right. If you take a few minutes after you apply it, and rub it real good twice, you will never know the difference in non-rain driving conditions. clear as a bell.


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Old 11-13-2000, 12:48 AM   #12
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RainX is very cool...i get it by the case here in Seattle

one thing though...if you get a windshield ding and you have recently put in rainX...Novus says the stuff they use to fix those dings has a hard time setting with rainX

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Old 11-13-2000, 12:53 AM   #13
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Also...

I use Griott's super shine instead of wax. That way with our super soft clearcoat..i get far less swirls and the water still beads and this stuff takes off any kind of road tar/bugs/slugs etc

i got mine at speedware in Washington, but Griott's also has a webpage where you can get a small sample size. Ive used everything from meguiars to zymol and this is amazing stuff. Ive never had off street parking so i always try to find the best protective products
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Old 11-13-2000, 05:48 AM   #14
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ENOUGH PRAISES!

The EASIEST way for me to apply Rain-X is to :

1. After applying it and wiping it off to a haze, I wipe off the haze with a wet napkin. Then I pick up the remaining dew with a dry napkin. I prefer napkins coz they're less abbrasive.

2. Repeat. I prefer two layers of that.

The direction says to just wipe it off after hazing. But it takes too long to do that and you still won't get all the excess off which will leave a prism effect on the windshield depending on how the angle of the light hits it. Wiping it off with a wet napkin will make it easier.

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Old 11-13-2000, 06:04 AM   #15
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That interior rain/fog-x is horrible. As the Subarus are prone to fogging up the rear windows I put this stuff one, once. Good lord what a pain, no view through whatsoever.
But rain-x outside is cool!!!
Snow is coming tonight!!!
Time to put the Hakka's on!
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Old 11-13-2000, 06:34 AM   #16
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I feel like rain-x deteriorates the rubber on my wiper blades faster...am I just imagining?

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Old 11-13-2000, 07:47 AM   #17
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Your wipers are getting worn?

Heh....I use my wipers only once a day to get the morning dew off(if there are any). After that, all the excess water just roll off.

My wipers are virtually new. Hardly used. Maybe no more than 200 swipes. If I do use the wipers while driving, it's only when it's stopped raining and there are car kicking up vapors, even then, I use the wipers once in a while.

Has anyone noticed that when the temps are just above freezing, the dew does not freeze as the wipers swipe them off? When I didn't have Rain-X, it would always freeze.
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Old 11-13-2000, 08:31 AM   #18
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Oh yeah, another trick with Rain-x (well, not *just* with Rain-x) and the wiper blades, is to clean off the blades! Usually when I wash my car, I grab my small sponge and then wipe both sides of the wiper blade clean by pinching it with the sponge outside. You'd be surprized to see how much dirt/crud/gunk builds up on dem wiper blades!

It's the combination of the dirt/gunk on the window with the dirt/gunk on the wiper blades that causes the horrid streaking on the window. Clean both of them and things become much much clearer!

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Old 11-13-2000, 08:47 AM   #19
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i always just wipe the blades down with a paper towel and windex when doing the windows. i don't want that crap on the sponge i wash the car with.
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