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Hello Kia’ers!

Few weeks ago I did a research about what’s the best wipers in the market. Maybe, a “not-so-important” research you may say, wipers are wipers, and they all do what they are supposed to do, anyways a replacement is needed at least once a year, but this thought is not really that valid when you live in a tropical country located just in the rainforest of Central America as I do.

I like to travel a lot, I’m an “inside tourist”, maybe the most I like about traveling is driving, so I probably invest quiet a little bit more in comfort and security than an average driver. When you’re at 60 Mph and the rain starts to fall over your windshield, visibility is one of the most important things you care about in that moment.

So I jumped into Google and search “Car wiper reviews”, it was and easy shot, all sites where pointing to the ones that I current use (Bosch) but the most recent review pages said “Rain-X”, and I never heard about them before, so it suddenly caught my attention.

I “discovered” that they not only make wipers, they actually have a huge range of products for your windshield. I decided to try two of their best-seller products: the Rain-X “Classic” Glass treatment, and the X-Treme Clean Glass Cleaner, this last one is more like a glass polisher. When they arrived, I noticed that they both work on plastic clear headlights, so I gave a try on the old yellowish headlights of my lovely Spectra 06. The results were amazing! I have used other products before in the same headlights, and they always go haze after 3 weeks. I’ve never sanded them because I think it is too rude for a plastic piece and the UV layer. It’s been just few days since I thoughtless apply the products, I did not take enough time and effort since it was a very busy weekend so barely rub the products only on the left headlight with my right hand while I was petting my dog with the left hand. I took the car on the road and saw the difference. So the next morning I took pictures of both headlights (treaded/untreated) before applying Rain-X to other headlight. (See attachments)







After seeing the results of the chemical products, and since we’re going onto the “rainy season”, I decided to get the Rain-X Latitude Premium Graphite wiper blades, which are supposed to act together with the Glass Treatment and the Glass Cleaner, avoiding to remove the layer that the Glass Treatment leaves after application. And guess what? They just arrived! (:) yay!). (See attachments)

I’m going to clean the windshield and apply properly both products, then install my new wipers and I will go ahead and test them on the road in a trip to one of the most rainy locations near from here. I’ll see if can take pictures of the results.
What do you guys think about Rain-X? Have you used their products/wipers before?

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Impresive, i tried a turtle wax product and did not get those results Thanks
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I see that this is very old, but my dad did always put RainX on the windshield when I was growing up. It makes a big difference. I should probably put some on my car now that you have brought it to my attention again. RainX does make a windshield wiper fluid as well.
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I've used the Rain-X wiper blades on several cars over the years and they are a good product. They were a direct replacement for the wipers on my 2010 Subaru Legacy and my wife's Toyota Camry. These blades come with a chemical you treat your windshield with. It's listed as a "conditioner" for the glass and helps the rubber adhere to the glass better so the wiper will be more effective. It went on just like their Rain-X glass treatment/repellent. I'll probably pick up a set of Rain-X blades for my Optima the next time they are on sale.
I've also used the Rain-X glass treatment. Also a good product. What I've noticed about it is that the water repellent feature falls off sharply after several drives in the rain and needs to be applied again. If I remember correctly I was applying the stuff every two to three weeks when my area got rain. The windshield needs to be real clean before you apply it. I use a special Griot's Garage glass cleaning clay bar a couple of times a year.
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I've used Rain X on my windshields for a few years with good results. The water beads up and rolls off, I end up not even needing the wipers in a light rain.
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