I have the same opinion. It was great when freshly applied, but was
not good when it started to wear through. Then, it took a LOT of
effort to get it completely off. I rubbed a lot with lacquer
thinner! So I decided not to use it in the future.
One of the people I work with, puts rain-x on their bald head. The stuff
really works, because you can watch the water bead right up. I haven't
noticed any damage to their head, so I doubt if it would do any damage
I have also been using RainX for many years. I tried the inside anti-
fog stuff and didn't like it at all (smeary).
I do not believe it has ANY silicone in it...it is more like a
It allows you to see while driving in the rain without wipers...that
is a great safety factor.
(I own no interest or stocks in this product) ; )
I had believed it contained a siliconeglycol or similar, but apparently not.
At any rate, I dont like it for my windshield.
Quaternary amines have long been used inside the windows to break the
surface tension and allow droplets to flow together in a clear film rather
than a fog. The composition cited earlier looks like an ester quat. Just
from the formulation, I would not have suspected it would be persistent
enough to last on the exterior of a windshield. Live and learn.
I have thought about trying it in my bathroom on the shower tiles. Maybe
it would help them shed water, etc.
OK. I went to the local Kragen and all the guys at the counter said rain-x
has this horrid problem very often. They get it all the time, they said.
They told me there are only two solutions.
Keep putting rainx on all the time so the film never gets spotty.
Or, remove the rainx with gunk or brake cleaner or other serious solvent.
One guy in the store who was listening sympathetically said that he wished
they never invented the stuff, it's so horrid.
Since my windshield had already gone spotty on me, I went with their
recommendation to gunk it off.
I bought the recommended brake cleaner and am letting it soak on the
windshield as we speak. Hopefully the rain-x spots will dissolve off.
Do you know of any better solution to remove rain-x (the brake cleaner
seemed to dry up pretty quickly)?
Is Kragen some "we are experts on everything" big box chain?
Rain-x is actually a good product and works well.
You need to meticulously clean the windows before you apply it. I have
vehicles parked outside and use it mainly for the winter. Frost/ice etc
is much easier to remove.
The first time I used it I cleaned the windows with the popular blue
water in the squirt bottle and got the patchy results mentioned. The
next time I did a better job cleaning the windows and there were no
patches. I have been doing it for at least 5 or 6 winters with good
On Sat, 06 Oct 2007 14:47:51 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I can't find any reference to this "Andy Rooney" apologizing about "Rain-X"
in the entire web.
The closest I could find was this very tough to read law paper which
discusses Andy Rooney and Rain-X in the footnotes but nowhere else.
Can someone cite a reference?
No Andy Rooney references, but I can say that RainX does work when first
applied, at least. But the glass has gotta be clean (and this is the step
most people apparently skip), you have to buff it out after applying, to
remove the excess. Once when visiting my sister and BIL, as I was packing up
for the long drive home, he was trying to be nice and insisted on doing my
windshield. (a storm was brewing, etc...) Well, for my sister's sake, I let
him do it, and to my surprise it has actually worked and held up pretty
well. I had tried it several years before, and had the same experience
others reported, of smears. Of course, this car spends most of its time
parked in garage, so my experience may not be typical. (I drive the beater
minivan around town, and only use the 'good' car for road trips.)
Drive in a Florida rain storm that drowns a frog, so heavy one has to
pull over and wait for the rain to stop. You will see the benefit.
IIRC, the first application requires two or three applications that
are allowed to dry between coats. The window has to be clean - (try
some coke-cola) to cut real grime.
Second application - clean the window as normal and re-apply the
"I don't have anything against work. I just figure, why deprive somebody who
really loves it."
Considering that Rain-X should be the same everywhere, and windshields
should be the same everywhere, it would seem that those who report
problems are the source of those problems due to not following
application directions properly.
For my Rain-X applications I clean the glass well first with decent
glass cleaner. I find the Zep brand glass cleaner seems to be one of the
best. Once the glass is clean and dry and also cooler and out of the
direct sun I apply the Rain-X and buff well with one of the micro fiber
cloths. I make a complete pass around to all the windows and then make a
second pass paying extra attention to the final buffing with a second
dry micro fiber cloth.
I never have any issues with streaks or spots and the Rain-X action
lasts for a few months. I do prefer the spray bottle Rain-X over the old
"lighter fluid bottle" type for ease of application.
And therefore weather conditions are the same everywhere. We all get the
same contaminants in the air, the same amount of bird crap, the same amount
of tree sap, the same temperature differentials, the same humidity.
None of which have any relevance to the application process. And for
additional reference, I've used Rain-X in CT and in TX and it works
equally well in both climates. I've also driven Rain-Xed vehicles
between CT and TX and the Rain-X has performed well in all the climates
between the two. So again, if you found you had problems with Rain-X,
I'd suggest trying it again, paying particular attention to the
Rain-X now sells Windshield wiper fluid additive (mix with water),
window cleaner additive (mix with to water), Winter de-icing washer
fluid (full strength), and windshield wipers. I use 3 of the 4 fluids,
besides the spray.
On Sun, 07 Oct 2007 10:20:14 -0400, willshak wrote:
Finally, the voice of wisdom!
Rain-X even sells all-weather cargo bags & windshield wipers!
So, let's stop calling it "rain-x" and start calling it 'rain-x <product>'.
Otherwise, we're all talking about something different.
Let's start by listing the rain-x products of interest first.
Then we can get to their ingredients and then to how they work.
Here are the rain-x brand products I found in a quick search
* Rain-X Roof Top Cargo Bag $64.99
* Rain-X Weatherbeater Wiper Blades $8.99
* RainX Fast Wax $6.99
* RainX Bug & Tar Pre-Wash Gel $5.99
* Rain-X Wash & Wax with Carnuba Beads, 20 Ounce Bottle $6.24
* Rain-X Anti-Fog Class Cleaner Wipes (25 Ct) $4.99
* Rain-X Anti-Fog Treatment (3.5 oz) $1.99
* Rain-X Anti-Fog Treatment (7 oz) $4.99
* Rain-X Anti-Fog Treatment Towelettes $1.99.
* Rain-X Bug & Tar Pre-Wash Gel (16 oz Bottle) $3.99
* Rain-X Bug & Tar Pro-Shield (16 oz Aerosol Can) $4.99
* Rain-X De-Icer Aerosol (15 oz) $3.99
* Rain-X Fast Wax (16 & 23 oz Trigger Spray) $5.99
* Rain-X Foaming Car Wash Concentrate (100 oz Bottle) $12.99
Now, someone tell me, WHICH rain-x product above are we talking about that
streaks your windshield inside and outside and that which can't easily be
removed but which apparently works if properly applied?
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