I put some Rain-x on my windshield on the outside. I noticed they sell
one bottle for the outside of the window and one for the inside. I
figured they just wanted to sell two bottles and it's the same stuff.
It works fine on the outside. Rather than do the whole inside, I
thought I'd try it first and only did 1/4 of the windshield. I guess
the outside type dont work too well inside. When it's cold, the part
with the Rain-x gets all fogged up, while the rest of the window dont.
Worse yet, it's really hard to wipe off the fog, or whatever is the
correct word for that. (It's not cold enough to be frost, but it's
fogged up with moisture).
I guess I just have to remove it from that 1/4 th of the window. Anyone
know what will remove it?
Fogging or freezing on the inside of the car is most easily solved by the
1) Use a (inside) glass cleaner like Windex, and clean the glass so it's
(Remember to really buff it with a dry towel -it's an important
Clean glass on the inside is a MUST to reduce the risk of
2) When you get into a cold car, crack a back window open and start up
your fan on defrost to start air moving on the inside of the windshield as
well as the cabin. Try to leave your door open till until after you have
started the motor and cranked up the fan.
Keep this up until you are getting warm air, at which point you can
start shifting where the air is sent
You are generating humid air by breathing and it will automatically
hit the glass as condensation. The open window lets out warm moist air, and
lets in cooler dryer air.
3) If you have tracked snow or rain into the car, keep the air moving and
the window cracked to reduce the risk of condensation, until the water has
Yep. It's made for "high speed driving". If you have good/new wiper
blades they will wipe the windshield completely dry on the first swipe
leaving no lubrication (a wet windshield) on the return swipe which
will cause the wiper blades to bounce/chatter. And once the Rain-X
starts wearing off, it gets even worse. It works great if you never
change your wiper blades.
On Tue, 07 Feb 2012 10:13:19 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
That may be true if you reapply it often but years ago I read up on it
and most didn't like it on the outside. I also tried it years ago and
when new, it was fine but found that when it begins to wear off, it
makes a mess. I don't remember what I used to get it off but I did
get it off.
Dunno what you had, but it wasn't rain-x. As it wears off all that happens
is the water droplets start forming again on the glass just as before you
put it on and views became obstructed again. Eventually it does no good and
you're right back to before you used it. READ the container and use
according to directions.
Ah, that explains it; the glass has to be near perfectly clean before it[s
applied as indicated on the container or you'll capture the dirt in the
rain-x. There could be other reasons too but that'd be my guess; it's the
most frequent mistake people make. Rain-x is not a cleaner.
No no... the car had just be cleaned as well as the windows. I was /
am aware Rain-x is not a cleaner. As I said, it worked fine in the
beginning but after some time (not sure how much now) it began to make
smear marks when I used my wipers. Of course I could have cleaned the
windows again and re-applied it but the worst time to have smear marks
is when it's raining. Hence I wasn't going to have that happen
People have been arguing about Rain-X working or not working for
years. I never used it.
Windshield wipers were always good enough for me.
Kind of related to that is waxing appliances.
Years ago, I got caught up in that Amway stuff for a couple months.
They had a liquid silicone wax, and the guy who got me into Amway
recommended using it on appliances and bath tubs.
It's all common sense that wax is slick, and dirt won't stick well to
But you have the labor of applying it, and "dressing" or removing it.
So whatever works best for you.
Me, I don't like the labor part, so I don't use any of it.
I paid a bunch for crystal fusion application, but I guess it wears,and
they give you a reapplication. I know it works well new. What made me buy
it, I got doused with a passer by going down a road at 40 mph, and I was so
startled it took time to register, turn on the dam wipers. I was totally
blinded by brown water.
I applied regular rainx to my truck. Ok works well, except on a trip with
heavy rain, the wipers had to use a lot more mechanical effort, and my
wipers always growled after that experience. Never again. But, rainx
windshield washer fluid works very well. Well, not good enough for that
dousing of brown water I got!! You can get by diluting rainx washer fluid.
re: "I got doused with a passer by going down a road at 40 mph"
We were driving through Ohio in a large van a few years back.
As we approached the steep railroad underpass, we noticed a large
puddle of water at the bottom of the dip. There was also a car
approaching from the other direction. The driver of our van slowed
down as he approached the puddle, but that resulted in both our van
and the other vehicle reaching the puddle at the same time.
It wasn't until the very last second that we saw that the driver's
window on the other car was down. Picture it: a large van going
through a big puddle right next to the open window of a lower riding
car. Which vehicle would you rather be in?
We saw the driver duck as we both went through the puddle. We were
amazed that the driver maintained control as she swerved her way out
of the underpass, most definitely soaked to the bone.
Anecdotes are always interesting. Once when we lived in Coronado CA we were
drving n the expressway and a car passed us as though we were standing
still, spewing oil all over the place. A police car brigade was right behnd
him I realized shortly, as I heard the sirens going.
It completeley coated the windshield and right-side windows so you
couldn't see thru them. I hit the brakes and turned on my wpers and they did
a good enough job I was able to let off the brakes and see where I was
going. Not prefectly clean at first, but at least I could see thru it.
Thought sure his engine must have been about to blow with all that lost
oil, and drove a few exiits more but nevew saw anything further of him or
the police cars. I never saw them comiing in the rear view they were moving
so fast. Went home and turned on the TV news and had the car radio on;
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