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Old 06-14-2000, 11:00 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Rain-X

Everyone should use Rain-X for the outside of their windshield! I love the stuff so much, I put it on my headlamps and foglamps, and I must say that that helps a lot more than headlight wipers I also did the side and rear windows, and the side mirrors I do the windshield about avery 3 months, but I've only done the others one time, since it lasts a lot longer on them...

Sometimes I can turn my wipers off t 70 mph in the rain, and see -better- than with them on!

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Old 06-14-2000, 11:06 AM   #2
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it's true!!!!

even the rally drivers use it!!!

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Old 06-14-2000, 11:06 AM   #3
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Rain-X is not a snake oil. It really does work.

I've been using it for years on my cars.

Re-apply every other month here in New England, and you can basically drive without the wipers on and see clearer and farther down the road.

Had a bad storm a week ago, I was wondering why I was the only one in the High Speed lane? (Only doing about 60-65 tho).

The heavier the rain, the better visibility, believe it or not.

What I also do is in addition to the front window, I do my side mirrors and a little arc on the driver and pass. side so I can see the mirrors. Talk about no problems no matter how hard it rains.

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Old 06-14-2000, 11:06 AM   #4
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I hate to push such a simple product but the stuff does work. Especially at night in the rain.
I have said that if everyone in Vancouver owned an (AWD) Subie and had Rain-X we would cut accidents in half. Either that or people would drive faster and more people would crash.
My only concern is that it funks up my wipers sometimes. The last time I put it on the front my wipers jumped/bounced as they moved across the windshield.


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Old 06-14-2000, 11:08 AM   #5
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Yeah, i love that stuff too, it helps a lot on the back window. I have also found that sometimes when it is raining it is easier for me to see without my wipers on that it is when they are on with Rain-x applied.


P.S. I think we need to have another central Ohio subie meet sometime soon.
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Old 06-14-2000, 11:19 AM   #6
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be careful when you apply Rain-X! The stuff works, however, if you get on your Subie paint it will eat it.

When I squirted it from a bottle, a little bit of liquid got on the paint just above the windshield. I wiped it out immediately but did notice small black spots on the paint

Don't let that though keep you away from using it. I have not seen any problems caused by rain water getting on the painted surfaces from a glass treated by Rain-X
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Old 06-14-2000, 11:24 AM   #7
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I only found one downside to the product: It seems to eat the rubber on the wipers! Then again, I haven't put it on my Subie...
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Old 06-14-2000, 11:52 AM   #8
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I've used it before, and I will agree with everyone that its a god-send. I have heard, however, that it can be bad for the glass? Anyone hear similar?
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Old 06-14-2000, 11:58 AM   #9
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Yes other people have said that after a will you will seeing the window foggy like, dont know if reapling Rain-X will help it. Another thing I've heard is that if you crack your window its very hard repair it since the sucktion cups cant get a hold off the window. Again I've only heard this info.
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Old 06-14-2000, 09:19 PM   #10
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I find rain-x wears off after 3-4 weeks on the front windshield but lasts months on the sides and rear, never eats my wiper blades or paint, and does a great job.

I do not apply it to the wipers, and make sure the rain-x is dry before I lower the blades back down.

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Old 06-15-2000, 12:06 AM   #11
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Thumbs up

I must agree, I put it on every time I finish washing the ca and I don't think I have put on my wipers since then!
I even put it on my mom's car and she can't believe it!!!
You can also purchase the windshield washer RAINX!
I haven't bought it yet since I never use my washers because the RAINX is so good!
Take care
P.S. I recommend it also to anyone witha winsheild! hehe!
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Old 06-15-2000, 12:10 AM   #12
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I've been using the stuff for years, and I'm a true believer in Rain-X!!! I didn't fully appreciate it however until I got a windshield replacement, and I had to go on a long trip in the rain before I could get on a good coat of the stuff. I'll never go without Rain-X again! (Or the washer fluid, for that matter!)

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Old 06-15-2000, 12:14 AM   #13
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It works.. and well..

But.. you have to keep on it and make sure that you re-apply it when it needs it..

I am lazy and I am going through the phase where it is wearing off... some parts repel the water some don't.. and overall it streaks now...

so if you are going to do it, keep with it.. otherwise it's a pain..
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Old 06-15-2000, 12:17 AM   #14
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So this rain x is permanent (or at least for several months)? Does using wipers harm the coating? I remember hearing something like this years ago. And how does it handle dirt/road spray that's got a lot of particles in it?
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Old 06-15-2000, 12:52 AM   #15
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I've had problems with it eating the rubber on the wipers too. The rubber starts coming off in little pieces and you have to constantly replace the wipers. It's pretty good stuff though, for rain. I wouldn't advise using it if you're expecting snow though. It causes the bottom of the snow to freeze over (doesn't stick) and form a sheet of ice that wraps around your windshield. It takes major scraping to get this stuff off. Otherwise, on a non-rain-x windshield, the snow just sits there and the wipers can push it off. I don't know what other variables are involved in this freezing thing, but this is what happened to me. And our other car that didn't have any put on, didn't have this problem.
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Old 06-15-2000, 05:57 AM   #16
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Thumbs up

One MINOR problem when I applied the Ran-X to my Sub...

The Wipers Skipped for the next 2 WEEKS!!!

But hey, I didn't need them unless it was barely raining... The More Water the BETTER!

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Old 06-15-2000, 07:29 AM   #17
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One thing I'd like to add:

When I first tried rain-X, I didn't do a good job of polishing it off. I wasn't impressed with it then. Later, I discovered that you really have to keep at it until the winow is "Crystal" clear...

The other thing: I've discovered that the spray-waxes at drive in car-washes will make the rain-x useless if it gets on the windshield, which is hard to prevent...

Not that I use that wax very often, mind you Just occasionally between regular waxing... But I probably will use McGuier's quick wax spray from now on...

Oh, and I haven't had any problems with wiper blades - I still have the OE blades on, 1 year after buying it! So I'm due for a change anyway.

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