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Rain-x Wiper Blades #4926676
11/17/18 09:09 AM
11/17/18 09:09 AM
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SE British Columbia, Canada
Snagglefoot Offline OP
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Are Rain-x wiper blades any good? Noticed they are on sale at Walmart (Canada). Thanks.


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Rain-x Wiper Blades [Re: Snagglefoot] #4926678
11/17/18 09:20 AM
11/17/18 09:20 AM
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Minnesota
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Minnesota
I have the Latitudes on 2 of my vehicles, 1999 Saab 9-3 convertible and a 2006 Trailblazer, both work very well. I cannot vouch for their longevity though as they have only been on about a month. Wife likes them though, and she is a tough critic on streaking wipers. I paid about $17 US at Walmart for them.

Re: Rain-x Wiper Blades [Re: Snagglefoot] #4926688
11/17/18 09:38 AM
11/17/18 09:38 AM
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USA
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USA
In my old Honda I used to run the beam type. They lasted a couple years if treated well. Now I realized OEM from dealer is about the same price or cheaper and they last just as long. So I use those.

Re: Rain-x Wiper Blades [Re: Snagglefoot] #4926696
11/17/18 09:41 AM
11/17/18 09:41 AM
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DFW
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DFW
They've lasted over two years on my son's car, but the same version (Latitude) lasted less than a year on my GF's car before skipping. That's not exactly a statistically significant sample, but enough to tell me that YMMV. My preference is the OEM blades refilled with silicone inserts. I order mine on eBay from several sellers in Malaysia. I pay about $8.00 for a pair. The ones on my car have done well, so far, for over two years.

A good periodic cleaning of the rubber using a paper towel and silicone (spray or brake fluid) helps keep them working well longer, in my experience.

Once the vehicle gets some years on it and the windshield has pits and scratches, which are normal, the inserts will not last as long because the glass becomes "abrasive."

Re: Rain-x Wiper Blades [Re: Snagglefoot] #4926699
11/17/18 09:45 AM
11/17/18 09:45 AM
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California
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California
I have a full set of Rain-X wiper blades sitting in the garage, traditional style. I have never used Rain-X blades.
Although I was about to order the PIAA Silicone blades today, I think I might as well throw on the Rain-X blades and try them.
We are expecting rain this week. I think Wednesday, so guess I'll see how the Rain-X blade fair.
I wished we would have got rain sooner - its a mess with the Camp Fire here in Calif.

Re: Rain-x Wiper Blades [Re: Snagglefoot] #4926701
11/17/18 09:46 AM
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Rainx is all I've used the past several years. I got tired of buying the cheapest blades around, and then having to replace them every 1-2 years or so. I forget how long Rainx blades last---they go for years and years. The Rainx have a nice rubber that adheres to the contour of the windshield, instead of getting hard and staying off the glass, which of course leaves rain water on the windshield. That was also a problem I used to have with the cheapo versions. I'm not saying they are the only good ones--but when I decided to buy more expensive blades, these were the brand that was recommended more often than others, so I bought them, and I've been very pleased.


2005 Toyota Sienna LE; 156,000 miles
1998 Honda Civic DX; 202,000 miles
Re: Rain-x Wiper Blades [Re: Snagglefoot] #4926733
11/17/18 10:23 AM
11/17/18 10:23 AM
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MA, Mittelfranken.de
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MA, Mittelfranken.de
I just changed out the 4 year old Latitudes for another set last week, these were not finished but with winter setting in I figured its not worth waiting til one fails in a snow storm.
These are the only blades other than OE that fit VW really well, even the Bosch Icons are a poor fit, the new mounting system for J hooks is fantastic, the easiest ever.

These are the best and longest lasting blades I have used bar non and I have tried every single one of them inc silicone and OE.


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Re: Rain-x Wiper Blades [Re: Snagglefoot] #4926737
11/17/18 10:30 AM
11/17/18 10:30 AM
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ROCHESTER, NY
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I love the Rain-X Latitudes and they're my go to wiper. Not that I don't like or haven't used other beam style wiper blades, I just gravitate to the Rain-X Lat's.


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'15 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV
'15 Honda Civic LX
Re: Rain-x Wiper Blades [Re: Snagglefoot] #4926752
11/17/18 10:49 AM
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NC
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The Latitudes are good, but dang they are expensive.

Don't get that much severe Winter weather down here in NC, so I just buy their Weatherbeater line. I can buy them at RuralKing for $6.49 each. Have a set on my Olds that's slightly over two years old still getting the job done.


1992 Toyota Pickup--Harvest King Premium 10W-30--Fram PH3614
Re: Rain-x Wiper Blades [Re: Snagglefoot] #4926771
11/17/18 11:14 AM
11/17/18 11:14 AM
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SE British Columbia, Canada
Snagglefoot Offline OP
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It’s the Weatherbeaters that are on sale for around that price at Walmart up in Canada.


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Rain-x Wiper Blades [Re: Snagglefoot] #4926845
11/17/18 12:18 PM
11/17/18 12:18 PM
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texas
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texas
I use the lower end rain-X wipers from Walmart in Texas with no complaints. I'm particular about my windows so I change them twice a year and use Rain-X coating as well. Works great, I am fearless in the rain.

Drive my sisters car a few weeks ago and forgot what it is like to not have rain-x or aquapel in the windshield with good wipers. Hers were 5 years old and splitting on the ends. blind as a bat during heavy down pours. I was ready to pull over in rain I didn't blink an eye at in my truck.

Re: Rain-x Wiper Blades [Re: Errtt] #4926852
11/17/18 12:30 PM
11/17/18 12:30 PM
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California
Errtt Offline
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California
Originally Posted by Errtt
I have a full set of Rain-X wiper blades sitting in the garage, traditional style. I have never used Rain-X blades.
Although I was about to order the PIAA Silicone blades today, I think I might as well throw on the Rain-X blades and try them.
We are expecting rain this week. I think Wednesday, so guess I'll see how the Rain-X blade fair.
I wished we would have got rain sooner - its a mess with the Camp Fire here in Calif.


I replaced the wipers and they were the Rain-X Weatherbeaters.
New tires yesterday, new wipers today, should be good to go for any rain later this week.

The wipers I removed were the Bosch Micro-Tek. They were still doing good, so they go in the back cargo space for just-in-case spares.

Re: Rain-x Wiper Blades [Re: Snagglefoot] #4926921
11/17/18 01:52 PM
11/17/18 01:52 PM
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Virginia
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Virginia
I bought seven wiper blades for three vehicles for a total of about $50 from RockAuto...

I’m happy...


2009 Smart Pure
Pennzoil Platinum Euro 0W-40, Purolator Synthetic PSL 14610, 45 mpg...
185/55R15 General HP tires, "H" speed rated, 44 psi (300 kpa)
Re: Rain-x Wiper Blades [Re: Snagglefoot] #4926925
11/17/18 01:56 PM
11/17/18 01:56 PM
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The Northeast
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The Northeast
My experience with most conventional wipers blades is that they work fine for the first few rain storms, but not so well afterward.


2018 Hyundai Elantra VE -- 6K
2013 Honda Pilot EX-L 4WD -- 57K
2002 Honda Accord EX-L -- 212K

Re: Rain-x Wiper Blades [Re: BigD1] #4927444
11/18/18 07:10 AM
11/18/18 07:10 AM
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Posts: 10,545
ROCHESTER, NY
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Char Baby  Online Content
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ROCHESTER, NY
Originally Posted by BigD1
The Latitudes are good, but dang they are expensive.


Yes, they are expensive however, Walmart has'em for ~ $16-$17 each and I can often buy them at Ollie's or Big Lots closeout stores for $5/each. They're usually called Rain-X "HORIZON", probably from other markets. But, they're the same beam style.

Last edited by Char Baby; 11/18/18 07:11 AM.

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'15 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV
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