Recent Topics
How many use air tools at home?
by ZZman
09/24/17 07:17 AM
MMO for GDI Engines ?
by ChrisD46
09/24/17 03:53 AM
38" Riding Mower, idler spring/pulley bad?
by Crispysea
09/24/17 03:11 AM
Is Aerospace 303 still for
by MetalSlug
09/24/17 03:03 AM
Shell AV-L ECT C2C3 0w30 vs Ravenol SSO 0w30
by Janusz
09/24/17 03:01 AM
Havoline PSF $22.92 / 12 Pack @ Amazon.com
by Farmer
09/24/17 12:59 AM
2015 Silverado Valance Trim
by Realtech214
09/23/17 10:58 PM
Motorcycle Tire Direction question?
by maverickfhs
09/23/17 10:02 PM
Worried when I leave home..
by Chris142
09/23/17 09:38 PM
FYI AC Delco Dexron 6
by WyrTwister
09/23/17 07:56 PM
Jeep Compass?
by ford46guy
09/23/17 07:52 PM
oil for 2009 Volvo XC 70 32
by foresthawk
09/23/17 07:39 PM
Help me pick atf, transfer case, and diff fluid
by Randy_270
09/23/17 07:30 PM
Best brakes
by M1Accord
09/23/17 07:11 PM
SSA death benefit question
by 04SE
09/23/17 07:00 PM
What type of oil comes in a 2017 Silverado ?
by mtlineman
09/23/17 05:38 PM
2016 FLTRU Amsoil MCV 20W50, 5229 miles
by nocarb
09/23/17 05:31 PM
Pennzoil HM Oil At WM
by BlueOvalFitter
09/23/17 05:18 PM
Sorry for beating a dead horse concerning BC 0w40!
by MichaelDCRogers
09/23/17 05:15 PM
FOG vs Driving lights
by Eddie
09/23/17 04:36 PM
Newest Members
Wolfie, JR96, apollo18, CarsSimplified, Garretts77
62925 Registered Users
Who's Online
66 registered (bioburner, bigj_16, Bandito440, 01rangerxl, Bama, beanoil, 9 invisible), 1856 Guests and 14 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
62925 Members
66 Forums
271291 Topics
4499679 Posts

Max Online: 3590 @ 01/24/17 08:07 PM
Donate to BITOG
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#2439039 - 11/19/11 11:31 AM Best Windshield Washer Fluid
smc733 Offline


Registered: 11/14/11
Posts: 262
Loc: Massachusetts
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.
_________________________
2011 Toyota Corolla LE
Toyota 0W-20 + OEM Filter

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


Registered: 05/09/10
Posts: 1850
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?
_________________________
06 Monte Carlo LT
+3.9l V6 - 181k - Defy 10w30 - Pro-Tec - OLM
16.5 CX-5 Touring
+2.5l I4 - 30k - SynPower 0w20 - Fram Ultra - OLM

Top
#2439045 - 11/19/11 11:44 AM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
digitalSniperX1 Offline


Registered: 04/12/08
Posts: 1034
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.
_________________________
'11 Speed3 M1 5w30 EP
'08 RDX M1 5w30 EP
'12 Honda NC700X T6
'14 Kawasaki ZX-14R Kawi 10w40 Full Synth
'15 KTM 1290 Superduke R-Yama 15w50 Full Synth

Top
#2439046 - 11/19/11 11:44 AM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
97prizm Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 668
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.
_________________________
If at first you don't succeed fail fail again. (Waldorf and Statler.)
1997 Geo Prizm
1984 Mazda RX-7 Spec 7

Top
#2439062 - 11/19/11 12:13 PM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
NHGUY Offline


Registered: 10/09/11
Posts: 4903
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.

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


Registered: 07/14/09
Posts: 11133
Loc: Albany, NY
Best I've found actually seems to be the GM Cleenview stuff they sell at the dealer.
_________________________
2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0L/85,000miles/Valvoline Synpower 0W-20/MC FL400S

Top
#2439070 - 11/19/11 12:16 PM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
dparm Offline


Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 13345
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.
_________________________
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Top
#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.
_________________________
01 Durango 4.7 4x4 ----- Citgo Semi-Syn/Puro Classic
98 Contour SVT --------- PP/FL-820s
06 Mazda6s -- M1 0w-20/FL-820s

Top
#2439147 - 11/19/11 01:43 PM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
Turk Offline


Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 9103
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.
_________________________
03 GMC Sierra 4x4 200k M1 0-40+PU
00 Saturn SL2 89 YO Lady Car 92k, Edge Ext
98 Saturn SC2 Rare "Red Hot" 165k, Edge Ext
97 Camry 245k, Maxlife


Top
#2439149 - 11/19/11 01:45 PM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
SubLGT Online   content


Registered: 01/31/06
Posts: 2486
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.

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


Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 3902
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)
_________________________
2007 Corolla Red Pearl 146k miles
Castrol Edge (Gold) 5w20 & Napa Gold


Top
#2439563 - 11/20/11 01:50 AM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: Rolla07]
SwampDweller Offline


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 155
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.
_________________________
From the Swamp, Lenny

16 F150 XLT 5.0 Super Crew
16 Ford Fusion SE 1.5 Turbo

14 Hustler ZTR 54 Super Duty 23/Kawasaki
Generac 20 KW 999V twin

Top
#2439586 - 11/20/11 04:45 AM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 19220
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.
_________________________
2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)


Top
#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.
_________________________
1999 Buick Century 180,000 miles (first car)
2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser 70,000 miles

Top
#2439949 - 11/20/11 02:16 PM Re: Best Windshield Washer Fluid [Re: smc733]
01rangerxl Online   content


Registered: 04/08/06
Posts: 9132
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."
_________________________
2002 Ford Ranger XLT | 3.0 V6 / 5-Speed Automatic / 2WD | 200K miles
1994 Ford Ranger STX | 4.0 V6 / 5-Speed Manual / 4X4 | 190K miles

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >