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#2439039 - 11/19/11 11:31 AM Best Windshield Washer Fluid
smc733 Offline


Registered: 11/14/11
Posts: 204
Loc: Boston, MA, USA
Hi All,

Just another quick question here. I've been using the orange RainX stuff, which I'm now being told may not be such a good thing, since it is not good for paint (which my car does overspray on to).

I live in Boston where temps usually are in the single digits to teens during the winter, what should I be using in here instead? Any recommendations. I'll need a pre-packaged fluid, I don't have the resources where I am to be doing any mixing.

Thanks.
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#2439042 - 11/19/11 11:41 AM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
RamFan Offline


Registered: 05/09/10
Posts: 1589
Loc: Illinois, U.S.A
Originally Posted By: smc733
Hi All,

Just another quick question here. I've been using the orange RainX stuff, which I'm now being told may not be such a good thing, since it is not good for paint (which my car does overspray on to).

I live in Boston where temps usually are in the single digits to teens during the winter, what should I be using in here instead? Any recommendations. I'll need a pre-packaged fluid, I don't have the resources where I am to be doing any mixing.

Thanks.


I always use either the orange Rain-X in winter or the green Rain-X in summer and haven't seen any issues on paint. Where are you getting this from?
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#2439045 - 11/19/11 11:44 AM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
digitalSniperX1 Offline


Registered: 04/12/08
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Loc: FL
It'll leave a bit of residue on paint that's easy to see on flat black...but it washes right off. Never had an issue with it myself and I've been using it for years.
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#2439046 - 11/19/11 11:44 AM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
97prizm Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 622
Loc: USA

I haven't heard of rain x washer fluid casing problems with paint. I laso use the purple washer fluid that walmart carries. It's not supertech brand but a different brand.
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#2439062 - 11/19/11 12:13 PM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
NHGUY Offline


Registered: 10/09/11
Posts: 3489
Loc: USA
The Rain X leaves a pink/yellow film on my white car.The jets are on the hood and the dribble leaves stains that dont come out fully.There are pink/yellow/red fluids (Like "Winter Warrior") that dont contain Rain X additives,but wether they would stain or not I dont know.

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#2439065 - 11/19/11 12:16 PM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
Nick R Offline


Registered: 07/14/09
Posts: 10674
Loc: NEO
Best I've found actually seems to be the GM Cleenview stuff they sell at the dealer.
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#2439070 - 11/19/11 12:16 PM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
dparm Offline


Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 12583
Loc: Chicago, IL
I buy whatever the gas stations have. It's just the cheap blue stuff. Never let me down.

I avoid RainX because it can cause some nasty glare from headlamps at night.
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#2439090 - 11/19/11 12:31 PM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
meangreen01 Offline


Registered: 02/14/10
Posts: 885
Loc: WI
I prefer just the cheap blue stuff. Does all I need it to, and I can usually find it on sale this time of year for close to a buck a jug. Normally the brand name is Splash. Around here, I've found it's important to check and make sure it has anti-freeze additives as some stores will carry non-antifreeze versions in identical bottles. Not a good idea IMO.
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#2439147 - 11/19/11 01:43 PM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
Turk Offline


Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 8178
Loc: MN
The question is what is the best windshield washer fluid.

Prestone De-Icer. Good to -34F. "Melts 98% more ice than Rain-X."

There you go.
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#2439149 - 11/19/11 01:45 PM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
SubLGT Offline


Registered: 01/31/06
Posts: 1865
Loc: Idaho
In the winter I use Prestone De-Icer Washer Fluid. It doesn't damage the paint, but it does streak and smear much more than the summer formula Prestone.

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#2439370 - 11/19/11 07:27 PM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
Rolla07 Offline


Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 1925
Loc: MTL, CANADA
I use rain X, but I find unless its snowing that it smears and wipers dont clear the windshield as well. I like the water repelling features, so I mix rain x, half and half with some Motomaster Green washer fluid, (you could mix half and half with plain blue stuff too)
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#2439563 - 11/20/11 01:50 AM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: Rolla07]
SwampDweller Offline


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 115
Loc: Gonzales, La.
I have been using the orange Rain-X for a while now, but I am changing my mind about the stuff. It seems to leave a greasy smearing on the glass that is a pain to finally get rid of when driving.

I tried new wipers to be objective about it, but that did not help. Going to try something different. Down here we don't have snow concerns, but heavy dew and foggy mornings are a pain with the Rain-X.
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#2439586 - 11/20/11 04:45 AM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 13760
Loc: Upstate NY
I use Preston deicer year round. I know what people mean by the greasiness of Rain-X.

Consumer Reports says to replace wipers 2X a year. So to me its better to get Anco for a bargain price at Walmart and do it 2X a year than a super one and maybe only 1X a year.
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#2439931 - 11/20/11 01:55 PM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
johnsmellsalot Offline


Registered: 07/02/11
Posts: 526
Loc: Texas
The owner's manual in any car says to ONLY use washer fluid in the reservior. The reason is because washer fluid is the only thing that provides freezing protection, is safe for paint, and is effective and cleaning the windshield.
Originally Posted By: smc733
Hi All,

Just another quick question here. I've been using the orange RainX stuff, which I'm now being told may not be such a good thing, since it is not good for paint (which my car does overspray on to).

I live in Boston where temps usually are in the single digits to teens during the winter, what should I be using in here instead? Any recommendations. I'll need a pre-packaged fluid, I don't have the resources where I am to be doing any mixing.

Thanks.
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#2439949 - 11/20/11 02:16 PM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
01rangerxl Offline


Registered: 04/08/06
Posts: 7630
Loc: Birmingham, AL
I just use the cheap blue stuff. I haven't found more expensive fluids to be noticeably more effective. The Advance Auto near my house sometimes gives it away...literally, the price tag on the shelf says "free."
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