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DKS
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join:2001-03-22
Owen Sound, ON
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reply to JRW2

Re: [Help] How to get f@%$^%@ing Rain-X off my windshield!

Good down to 25F? Nothing but water. You need the -45C stuff they sell up here. Almost straight methyl alcohol. And I replace the wipers every 6 months, regardless.
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fartness
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join:2003-03-25
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reply to JRW2
Did you mix it with the blue normal windshield washer fluid? I did that and had the same results. I waited until 100% empty of the blue stuff, then filled it with Rain-X and everything is fine now. Don't mix the stuff.

ortin468

join:2012-08-10
reply to JRW2
Try scrubbing the glass with Comet cleaner.... gets all the crud off too...


EGeezer
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said by ortin468:

Try scrubbing the glass with Comet cleaner.... gets all the crud off too...

I love the nice frosty glass I get when I use abrasives. Driving into the sun or oncoming lights at night gives me a beautiful halo effect.

There seems to be a lot less traffic too, after applying it.

But I hear a lot more horns blowing.


id09542

join:2002-04-25
Bloomington, IL
reply to JRW2
Use standard Rain-X and reapply according to directions. It will fill in where it was incorrectly applied via the washer fluid. It will then wear off consistently in a month or so. you may end up liking it and reapply each month.

peterboro
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Peterborough, ON
reply to aurgathor
said by aurgathor:

I'd try some household/paint solvents in this order:
- denatured alcohol
- paint thinner
- xylene or toulene
- acetone or MEK
Mahe sure to not get any of these, especially the last two on paint.

I've tried all those. Ended up taking a G10 or swirl remover and final stage buffing compound used on paint jobs to polish it off.


aurgathor

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Lynnwood, WA
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Wow! I haven't seen very many non-water soluble things that can be applied from a bottle, and would not get dissolved by at least one of these.

Of course there are some even stronger (and much more dangerous!) solvents that one could try on a glass (i.e. carburator cleaner, nitric, sulphuric or hydrochloric acid), but I wouldn't recommend them.

Some more chemicals that not too dangerous and can be tried are ammonia and vinegar, though I highly doubt that they would work, but one can never be sure without trying them first.
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boogi man

join:2001-11-13
Jacksonville, FL
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reply to JRW2
that's funny the rain-x washer fluid is all i use. love that stuff. green in the summer orange in the winter, not that it gets that cold but that's what is on the shelf.
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uncle6

join:2005-04-03
Marriottsville, MD
reply to JRW2
Multiple applications of glass cleaner will do it and not damage your windshield. It will be quite tiring, but will work.


SychoSly
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Mount Prospect, IL
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reply to JRW2
I use the Rain-X deicer washer fluid year round and have no problems. It works great.

Problem might be somewhere between the steering wheel and drivers seat. Please Please no applause.
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BronsCon

join:2003-10-24
Walnut Creek, CA
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reply to JRW2
The rain-x fluid is meant to be used as a fill for a completely empty reservoir, or a supplement to a proper application of rain-x, to make that application last longer. If you had any other fluid in the reservoir and didn't have rain-x on your windshield already, this is what happens.

Buy a small bottle of rain-x, clean the windshield thoroughly, and apply it per the bottle instructions, you may be impressed by the results. It certainly works for F-15 pilots.. Many here have said it lasts a month or so and I have no doubt that this is their experience; I usually double-apply it and add a bit to my (normal blue) washer fluid and don't need to worry about it for 6mo; using the rain-x fluid would probably put you in that same general area.

Just an FYI, rain-x is a silicone-based product, as is glass, which is why it bonds so well (the solvent used are for application only, to make it flow more easily). It was initially developed for military use on aircraft windshields, though most of those are no longer made of glass (polymers used in the majority of modern aviation "glass" don't play well with the solvents used in rain-x) so the product does not see such use any longer, though there are still military applications (it greatly improves signal transmission in antennas on submarines, by creating an insulating layer between the antenna and the conductive saltwater that would otherwise create a signal grounding path to the ship's hull) and it is an extremely effective product on automotive glass.


gar187er
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join:2006-06-24
Dover, DE
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reply to JRW2
am i the only one who loves rainx???

sounds like OP didnt apply/use it properly
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zefie

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when i drove from AR to NY, I hit a heavy rainstorm, I had the 2nd rainx product displayed. It actually saved me because my driver side wiper decided to get stuck off the windshield (first I knew of my wiper system failing). This was also at night. It kept my windshield clear enough to pull over and wait for the rain to pass.

Without it I would've likely been on the side of the interstate in a tree.


Zupper
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join:2002-12-28
Novelty, OH
reply to sparks
said by sparks:

Bonami

+1
This is a mild abrasive, almost like a polishing compound, which is used by wiper test labs to get off the residue that is normally deposited over time from the wiper blades themselves.

Other suggestions for using comet or sandpaper are too abrasive, and using solvents is probably not good for the car.


Hall
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join:2000-04-28
Germantown, OH
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reply to gar187er
said by gar187er:

am i the only one who loves rainx???

Nope, I love the stuff ! I "scold" my wife when I drive her Odyssey and it has worn off and she hasn't told me.

I use the "pure" stuff too, not that highly diluted crap ! I guess it takes too much work to do it the manual way.


jester121
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join:2003-08-09
Lake Zurich, IL
reply to boogi man
said by boogi man:

that's funny the rain-x washer fluid is all i use. love that stuff. green in the summer orange in the winter, not that it gets that cold but that's what is on the shelf.

Same here. Orange only for me.

I don't even turn on my wiper blades half the time when it rains, water flies right off the glass.

OP probably mixed it with blue in the tank or who the hell knows....


Gbcue
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reply to gar187er
said by gar187er:

am i the only one who loves rainx???

sounds like OP didnt apply/use it properly

I like it too.

I use denatured alcohol to remove it for application of a decal.


treetop1000

join:2003-11-07
Lexington, KY
reply to JRW2
The Orange winter version tastes like watered down orange drink.
Not at all like Sunny Delight, as I was promised...
But the green stuff is minty!

itguy05

join:2005-06-17
Carlisle, PA
reply to JRW2
I just wax my windows. Yes, you heard that - a a good carnuba wax on them and it works just as well as Rain X Doesn't smear either.


Juggernaut
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Kelowna, BC
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Same as myself. Tried the Rain-X once concentrate once, and hated it. Went back to waxing.
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Cho Baka
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Enough about that, what about your windshield?
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Juggernaut
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