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    When I first learned about Rain-X years ago, I applied some to just one half of my Omni windshield. A few hours later I was on my way home from a National Model A meet and ran into rain. It really is amazing how well that stuff works. No wipers were needed on the left side of the windshield. I don't know what the shelf life is for Rain-X, but when applied it's good for a month or so from what I've read. The hand wiper on my 28 Phaeton is useless, so I keep Rain-X under the seat, and apply it if it looks like I'll get caught in some rain.

  • #2
    the shelf life is 1-2 years
    time for a new bottle:D

    https://www.rainx.com/tips-information/faqs/

    It is a hydrophobic silicone polymer that forces water to bead and roll off of the car, often without needing wipers.
    3 ~ Tudor's
    Henry Ford said
    "It's all nuts and bolts"


    Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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    • #3
      I use rain-x from the bottle intended to refill windshield washer fluid. Put it on with a cloth or spray bottle. Works great.

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      • #4
        I've been using the same bottle of rain x I bet you it's 10 years + and it still works fine for me. I also do the side windows.

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        • Mitch
          Mitch commented
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          I guess they put 1-2 years on the FAQ page so u buy more..

      • #5
        Once Rain-X is on a clean windshield, or on Model A headlight glass, appears it is much easier to clean smashed bugs off of old Model A glass with Rain-X Cleaner or Windex.

        Then, follow with clear water, paper towel dry, and apply Rain-X again for your next rain ......... and maybe next round of bugs.

        Also, the Rain-X interior glass De-Fogger and Rain-X Wipes in envelopes are great "Safety" products, especially for applying prior to Model A night driving, or prior to anytime in-sides of windshield and glass have a potential to get fogged up.

        FWIW: Hint, hint ......... never remove your broken or barely functional Model A windshield wiper that may be mounted on your windshield ....... if ever in an accident ..... in the rain ...... no courtroom jury and trial lawyer will ever let a Model A owner off of the hook for driving in the rain with "NO" windshield wiper.

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        • #6
          RainBrella made by wipe new is new, anyone use it, they supply gloves to wipe it on :-(

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          • #7
            I fell for the ads on TV for the Wipe New products and I was less than impressed. Very expensive for the coverage. I have not tried RainBrella but will watch for reviews before jumping in. I've used Rain X for years so it will take some persuading to switch.

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            • #8
              another good choice is Aquapel,it comes in a one use container
              you squeeze the two sides and it breaks a vial which soaks up the felt pad
              you then rub the pad on the windshield
              the truckers all seem to like it better than Rain X
              you can find it at truck stops or ebay
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              • #9
                I have used rain-x on both my car and my wife's for over 20 years I think. Actually I have a fairly big bottle, purchased about 5 years ago, and it seems like it is not working as well as I remember. Maybe there is something to that Mitch. I will get a new (smallest bottle they sell) bottle and throw this one out. One concern I have is that my Audi (2007) now has such a multitude of small (tiny) nicks or something, that when you are facing the sun it is unbelievable how bad the windshield vision is. I wonder if always using the rain-x could be building up some surface that tends to get these small nicks? Anyone heard of a product that would take care of this?

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                • Mitch
                  Mitch commented
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                  probably at night also the light refracts in the nicks that have accumulated on the glass. that makes it rough on the eyes, usually a w/shield replacement is in order
                  many folks have glass coverage built into their insurance policy that never gets used. its sometimes 100.00 total and a non chargeable claim. they'll even send out a mobile glass comp to your house or business...
                  the standard usually higher deductibles do not apply with the special glass repl coverage....... just food for thought

                • CarlG
                  CarlG commented
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                  I had that happen on my wife's SUV. Ended up replacing the windshield. I have $250 deductible insurance. Of course, replacement cost was $249.

              • #10
                I'm just very appreciative that Mr. Tom W. was compassionate and commented on the hinting of the "Life Safety" features of "always" using Rain-X on our vintage Model A windshields.

                We will always have new Model A owners who have just purchased Model A's with Model A vintage windshield wipers who start off on a journey .... on a dry day.

                Most will agree that during the first mild rain encountered at 50 mph, they quickly find out that their 1930 era Model A windshield wipers are about as effective as having a hairless dog on their hoods wiping the windshield with his wagging, slick hairless tails.

                Thanks Mr. Tom W.

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                • #11
                  Originally posted by CarlG View Post
                  I had that happen on my wife's SUV. Ended up replacing the windshield. I have $250 deductible insurance. Of course, replacement cost was $249.
                  I've never had windshield coverage on my modern cars, but I thought it was non deductible since the insurance companies want you to be safer with a clear windshield. As Mitch said, especially at night, driving with fine scratches is terrible. BTW, I had a new windshield stored in my garage, and did some welding for a friend. Some of the welding sparks hit the windshield and left marks in it. Turns out the guy that installed the windshield would have sold me a new one for the same price I paid, so next time I won't buy my own, thinking I was saving money. This was 10 years ago, but the new windshield plus installation was about $150, so it sure isn't worth driving with a scratched windshield.

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                  • #12
                    Rain X is good on a plain glass shower screen too!

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                    • #13
                      Originally posted by H. L. Chauvin View Post
                      I'm just very appreciative that Mr. Tom W. was compassionate and commented on the hinting of the "Life Safety" features of "always" using Rain-X on our vintage Model A windshields.

                      We will always have new Model A owners who have just purchased Model A's with Model A vintage windshield wipers who start off on a journey .... on a dry day.

                      Most will agree that during the first mild rain encountered at 50 mph, they quickly find out that their 1930 era Model A windshield wipers are about as effective as having a hairless dog on their hoods wiping the windshield with his wagging, slick hairless tails.

                      Thanks Mr. Tom W.
                      Good One!

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