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Has anyone tried the new Rain-X wiper blades?



  • geo9geo9 Posts: 739
    For $18 bucks EACH they better be good !!!!!!!!!
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,028
    ...if these don't last a LONG time, I could see myself going back to the regular ol' Ancos just because these are so damn expensive.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    These RainX blades look very similar to Bosch Icons. I don't know if the quality is as good as Bosch's, but after having had the Icons I will never go back to conventional blades. Is it possible Bosh is making these RainX blades?

    My kid bought some of the somewhat similar (but cheaper) innovision blades, but these seemed kind of flimsy compared to the Icons. We will see how they hold up, have only had them for 6 months or so. Also they do not have the "spoiler" like Icons (and RainX apparently) so may not work as well at higher speeds.

    These Icon blades just work so much better all year around, I'll gladly pay the $30-40 cost for a set of them. Discovered these in 2005 because my wife's new Jetta came with them. After having them on that car for about a year, I decided to upgrade our old Windstar to them. Now I have a new Mazda and before next winter, I will definitely switch the crappy conventional blades for a set of Icons (or perhaps I'll try this new rainx version.

    We are approaching two years with the Icons on the Jetta and they still seem to be working good. They had begun to show signs of wearing out after about 20 months (including two full winter seasons) and then I cleaned them with vinegar and my wife said they were working good again.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,079
    This type of wiper blade is becoming more and more common on new vehicles. I think some of GM's newest vehicles have them, and most of the European brands have them. They do seem to work better than conventional blades, although I have been happy with Bosch Micro Edge conventional blades in the past as well as the silicone conventional blades sold by The Tire Rack.

    I use winter-formula washer fluid all year long, as it doesn't seem like I go through enough of it to switch back and forth between summer and winter.

    I have mixed feelings about Rain-X on the windshield--I don't use it currently.
  • urnewsurnews Posts: 668
    It will be a cold day in hades before I shell out $40 for two wiper blades. As for Rain-X liquid on the windshield, well it works well in the daytime but really distorts the view at nighttime. I quit using it for that reason. Boz
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    well it works well in the daytime but really distorts the view at nighttime. I quit using it for that reason. Boz

    Are you sure you're applying it correctly? I've used Rain-X for decades and have never experienced any such distortion.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,328
    I find that the difference between distorting and not tends to be whether you follow that step about wiping it down with a wet towel after application. I learned the hard way.
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,028
    ...with the Aqua-Pel. It doesn't appear to bead at all. I can see why it doesn't sell. I've gone back to applying Rain-X once a week. It may not last very long, but while it's on there, it beads well.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    Once a week? Does it rain a lot where you live?
    Once a month is more than sufficient for me and I do a couple of thousand miles per month.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • slorenzenslorenzen Posts: 273
    I surprised that it's not working for you. I apply it in October, and it works 'til the rainy season ends here in western Oregon, around end of June. I've used it for years on all my vehicles.

    I commute 25 miles of I-5 each way, and I've been delighted with this product. In fact, I had a "greasy" windshield from Rain-X, and was dis-satisfied with it.

    With Aqua-pel, you DO have to clean the windshield so it's like new. I always apply in 4 different directions, then wipe with a paper towel after about 10 minutes. At night, I see no improvement with the wipers on vs off.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    It will be a cold day in hades before I shell out $40 for two wiper blades.

    I probably would have thought that way too, until I saw just how much better the Icons are compared to my previous wiper blades of choice...which were Bosch microedge. The extra $15-20 is well worth it to me...especially since these have worked well (winter and summer) for far longer than other blades.
  • I just took off my SilBlade silicone winter blades. I can't say they last five years (as their maker claims) because I haven't had them that long, and I also only use them in winter. But I *CAN* say I've had them for two (three?) winters now and I'm still happy with them, which says a lot because I can almost never keep a set of rubber wipers beyond four months because they start to streak and drive me crazy. I guess I'm hyper-sensitive to windshield wipers and their failures.

    I'd use SilBlades in summer too if only they came in a 21" size I need. I can forgive the missing inch in winter, though.

    I tried Triple Edge blades many years ago. I threw them away. As far as I could tell, they last forever because they're too hard & stiff to actually follow glass closely enough to wipe water away. Perhaps I should have given them more time to break in, but I didn't want to wait. (To be fair, I know someone who had the same reaction to summer SilBlades).

    I saw the Bosch Icon blades, but they don't come in the 16" length I need for my rear window. I see that SilBlade now has a similar "one-piece frame" blade, but they don't come in the 21" length I need for the driver's side. (This is getting frustrating...) The Rain-X Latitude blades come in all three sizes I need, and as soon as I find a store with all three in stock, I'll buy them. I'll gladly pay more to see better.

    I also put Rain-X on all my car windows and outside mirrors, and enjoyed the results enough that I'm really kicking myself for not having found time to do it again. Maybe this weekend.

    I think I'll get Diamon-Fusion or Nanoprotect AG for my next new car...
  • texmiketexmike Posts: 1
    Agree, I bought the Rain-X Latitude blades and they seem to work great. Just hope they last long enough to warrant $20 apiece.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    My wife's 23 month old Icons, that came on her new Jetta, are still doing great. Meanwhile, the conventional blades on my 3 month old Mazda are already starting to annoy me at times.
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,028
    I thought I'd let you know how the Aquapel works. It doesn't. It doesn't appear to bead water at all and I had to use the wipers even at highway speeds. I re-applied Rain-X and what a difference! The Rain-X may have to be applied more often, but at least it works. Don't waste your money on the Aquapel.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
    Thanks for that! I'm always looking for a bargain and might have fallen for a "knock-off" Rain-X.

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  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    I've only used it once in my life and lost the bottle. I applied it to my 92' Bonneville, when the stuff came out. It beads the water really well. What in the heck do these Rain-X Wiper blades really do as I'm unfamiliar with them ? Do they have a resivour built in them that slowly apply's Rain-X fluid to your windshield ?


  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    The wiper blades have nothing to do with the fluid, they are just a bracketless design like Bosch Icon.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Oh okay....So what makes them so special ? Wiper quality ?

  • geo9geo9 Posts: 739
    ROCK....Yea they are "special" all right !
    Come in a snazzy yellar box with neat graphics and
    a $18 bucks EACH pricetag !!!!!!!!!

    Must be that quality made in mexico difference !
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