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From digest.v7.n564 Mon Nov 10 12:01:59 1997
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 01:20:49 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Fwd: Wiper Film Fixes

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Subj: Re:Wiper Film Fixes
Date: 97-11-10 00:23:46 EST
CC:      BemrBoy76

In a recent Digest BemrBoy tells a tale of woe about drivin in the rain.

Whatchagot is a glazed windshield. Windshield wipers tend to affect the surface tension of water on your windshield. Start with windshield glaze (any auto parts store) and polish the junk off your windshield. This gets you started with fresh glass.

If you are the low effort kind of guy, just repeat this annually, before you install fresh wipers. You do replace your wipers annually, right? I'll bet you do, starting now. (BTW, it was the '96 part, not the Cavalier part that enabled you to see in the Chevy)

If you want to put in the effort and really be able to see, you need to start worshiping with the Rain-X crowd. (Don't get started guys, if you like another brand, use it - it's your windshield) For starters, apply Rain -X exactly as it says on the bottle. But do it 3 or 4 times a week for a month, then monthly - FOREVER.
Then, to steal a newbie quote from M. PotheauWipers, you won't need no stinkin' wipers.
I buy Rain - X by the quart, and rarely use my -annually replaced- wipers.

As a testament to the method-- I gave this same advice to a non-car-guy colleague who was cursing his wipers while giving me a ride to the Burbank airport. His Volvo mechanic had tried, but gotten nowhere. Phase 1 solved the problem, phase 2 gives him something to do monthly forever, but he's now a non-wiper driver.

For those of you in Florida- this is the only way to get through those thunderstorms that slows everyone else to 10MPH.

Scott Adare
Spokane, WA

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