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#180 of 223 Re: service engine soon [wmmylesjr]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 17, 2008 (5:51 pm)
I'm going to move your question about your 2005 Pathfinder to the right place, since this topic is just about RainX for windshields.
You can find your post, and hopefully, a few answers, over here:
#181 of 223 Okay, what really takes it all the way off?
Jul 07, 2009 (12:03 pm)
Please forgive the rant but this stuff is the bane of my existence. My previous car, a Land Rover, took it in to a local guy to detail, he puts rain x on the windshield and immediately it's a hazy mess when it rains, splotchy, distracting, foggy, horrible. So I take it back and say "why did you permanently fog my windshield"? His "guys" scrub it for an hour and it doesn't budge. I drive the car for another year on the lease and it NEVER goes away (I am in NY where it rains hard all the time). I tried everything, I think, to get rid of it. So, I get another car, a BMW, no one is allowed to detail it or go near the windshield, but recently I moved. My new town has a spiffy drive through wash, very hi tech, I see the rain x logo but you have to pay extra for it. But little do I know, they put rain x in ALL the soap, now my windshield is foggy, hazy and blotchy again. So the water beads up but who cares about that when the glass is hazy and blotchy.
I can't get away from the stuff, it's like a disease. IT DOES NOT WORK. IT DOES NOT COME OFF! IT'S IN THE GLASS!
So I do a little research, and some interviews. Detail car geeks HATE it and say it's a curse. People who like it, guess what, THEY DON'T SEE THE HAZE! My dopey friend has a new car, he put rain x on it (the right way) and he LOVES, LOVES to see the rain SLIDE! Wow! What an idiot, I sat in his car, it hazy all over, so evenly hazed he doesn't notice that his glass is not clear anymore. That's why some people like it and most hate it. It's not complicated.
So, you can tell how I feel, right? There are a thousand forums on the net about this subject and every time someone says they know how to clean it off, a hundred people say it doesn't work, bon ami, denatured alcohol, lighter fluid, soft scrub, goo gone, none of them work. There has to be a special chemical that breaks down the chemical in the rain x. Anyone know what it is? Thanks.
#182 of 223 Re: Okay, what really takes it all the way off? [nickr1]
Jul 07, 2009 (1:50 pm)
Depending on the chemical composition of Rain X either an acidic or alkaline based cleaner should work. The milder of the alkaline would be like Dawn dishwashing detergent. You might laugh until you spray a mixture onto roaches and ants and watch them die instantly. If left to dry on your window it will be permanently etched.
So I would try that first. A mixture of 10 parts water to 1 part Dawn. Wash and rinse immediately and see if there is any improvement. You should neutralize it after cleaning with a mixture of vinegar and water. Not to mention that vinegar is acidic based and should help to remove water spots as well.
Stronger caustics (alkaline) can be found in your local grocery store found in a spray/foaming type of oven cleaner. Again be careful as it will eat flesh and cause major etching if left to dry on your windshield.
#183 of 223 Re: Okay, what really takes it all the way off? [nickr1]
Jul 29, 2009 (8:22 am)
Sure it hazes up a little at first but you just buff it off. In fact apply it before you wash the car and then just wash the whole car.
When I'm done I use a squeegee to make the windows crystal clear.
After that water beads off nicely.
No problems here, in fact it's about time I re-apply to all 3 of my cars.
#184 of 223 A/C vacuum problem
Aug 16, 2009 (9:56 am)
My dash vent redirects to the def. and floor vent when pulling, can someone direct me to where I should look to correct the problem?
#185 of 223 No hazing
Aug 19, 2009 (8:16 am)
I'm worried that a product that has the possibility of hazing my windshield isn't a good thing. Especially since it's been known to be hard to get off. I haven't given it a try yet.
#186 of 223 Re: No hazing [tj6968]
Aug 19, 2009 (8:55 am)
Personally, I find it is incredible and have used it for years on all of our vehicles. Some don't like it, to each his own.
Any trip the vehicles go on, they get a new dose before leaving. Works great w/rain at highway speeds, just blows right off. Never use the wipers.
#187 of 223 Re: No hazing [kiawah]
Aug 19, 2009 (9:19 am)
I agree. Have never had a problem with it. Plus, it's kinda neat to be driving in a heavy rain, at highway speed, withiut the wipers. Only real problem is it hacks the wife off!
Sep 16, 2009 (2:44 pm)
The stuff is garbage. I've tried it twice now and followed every direction to the letter.
It's like smearing my windshield with vaseline.
To each his own I suppose.
#189 of 223 Re: I still think [isellhondas]
Sep 17, 2009 (9:55 am)
I just re-applied on our fleet. No such problems and it's 3 different brands (Toyota, Mazda, Subaru).
Good timing because we've had a lot of rain recently.
I forget how well it works. It actually keeps the windows cleaner, because everything rolls off.