Rain-X 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner and Rain Repellent
Rain-X 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner and Rain Repellent. Click image to enlarge

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Rain-X 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner and Rain Repellent

The quest for a truly effective glass cleaner is never-ending. Bugs, grime, dust and dirt stick to your windshield, reducing both visibility and safety. Windshield washer fluid often seems to make it worse!

According to Rain-X, its new 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner and Rain Repellent cleans automotive glass “streak free,” helps to repel rain, and prevents snow, ice and bugs from sticking to the windshield. The glass cleaner applies water beading technology to enhance your driving visibility. Just spray on and wipe away – no buffing required.

It sounds good, but don’t they all?

Before applying Rain-X 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner and Rain Repellent
After applying Rain-X 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner and Rain Repellent
Before (top) and after applying Rain-X 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner and Rain Repellent to a bug-splattered windshield. Click image to enlarge

In my experience, cleaning automotive glass requires a lot of effort to achieve good results. There are countless glass cleaning products available — some are specific for automotive use — but the results always seem to be the same. One tip I learned was that the streaks left behind were not always the fault of the glass cleaner. Good quality paper towels have fabric softeners in them and that’s what leaves the streaks. Also, paper towels, over time can scratch the glass which can decrease visibility. The best thing to use is a microfiber cloth specific for glass cleaning. These can be a real time saver.

Granted, the original Rain-X glass treatment is a great product. Once applied it significantly enhances visibility, and rain just rolls off the windshield while minimizing the streaking left behind by the wipers. Motorcyclists use it on their helmet visors for increased safety.

But applying the original Rain-X product is not easy. It’s a challenge to achieve a smear free shine, with plenty of buffing and polishing required to remove hazing that forms after you apply the solution. Would the 2-in-1 product be better?

I had recently driven my sports car to a club event in Kingston and there was a coating of bugs, dust and dirt left on the windshield of my car. I cleaned one half of the windshield with the Rain-X and the other half with regular household glass cleaner. The Rain-X did a terrific job of removing the bug splatters and it left a streak free shine with little effort. The other half was a little more difficult, requiring several applications of the household glass cleaner to remove all residue. Even so, the streaks were still there.

Rain-X 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner and Rain Repellent to a bug-splattered windshield made a noticeable difference in wet weather visibility
Rain-X 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner and Rain Repellent to a bug-splattered windshield made a noticeable difference in wet weather visibility. Click image to enlarge

Next was a test to see how well water would bead up on the surface. On the Rain-X side (passenger side) the water beaded up a little better then the untreated side (driver side), which surprised me as I thought the treated side would show a significant difference.
Next test was rain. This is where this product really shines. I went for a short drive and noticed on the Rain-X side the water would roll right off the windshield, as well the wipers didn’t smear as much as the untreated side, which dramatically improved vision.

Overall I was pleased with the results. It’s an improvement for sure, and the product seems to do what it claims. It would be a good addition to anyone’s car cleaning kit.

For more info, see RainX.com.

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