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More car stuff- wipers?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Looking at the options for wiper blades to last through the tail of summer and into early winter, I looked at Silblades:

http://www.silblade.com/

Specifically, I want something that will stand up to high summer ozone and to winter icing. I wish I had a need for heavy snow removal, but that is not the case.

Are these worthwhile? Should I look at the winter duty blades? Any other recommendations?

PS With these ozone levels Bosch wipers barely keep a decent wiping edge for 3 months.
post #2 of 21
Bump! I was hoping for an answer too. :
post #3 of 21
Got 'em!
Love 'em!
husband had a stroke that they cost $20/blade, but they truely do what they say and last 5-10 times longer, they will indeed save you money.
I've had mine on my Jeep for a year with no evidence of needing replacement yet.
post #4 of 21
Locally we have endured at least 10 consequtive days with temperatures over 100 F and high levels of ozone. We have no rain in summer, and wiper blades just sit on hot glass. Blade replacement each October is a given. These are $29 each. That gives me some pause.
post #5 of 21
No experience with Silblades.

The sun's UV kills rubber. I use Bosch ICONs, clean them frequently with an alcohol-based solution to remove grease/dirt, and treat them periodically with 303 Aerospace UV Protectant to keep the rubber from drying out.
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by medmarkco
No experience with Silblades.

The sun's UV kills rubber. I use Bosch ICONs, clean them frequently with an alcohol-based solution to remove grease/dirt, and treat them periodically with 303 Aerospace UV Protectant to keep the rubber from drying out.
If you aren't familiar with 303 Aerospace UV Protectant, it's great stuff...buy it...pitch the armor all. Here, only marine supply places carry it.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by jstraw
If you aren't familiar with 303 Aerospace UV Protectant, it's great stuff...buy it...pitch the armor all. Here, only marine supply places carry it.
Check REI's kayak dept. I like 303's carpet protectant too, esp. on fuzzy car fabric.
post #8 of 21
I checked the sillblade site and they also sell the Flexblade which looks like it would be less likely to ice up. FWIW, the Flexblade looks to be a copy of the Trico Innovision. I bought the Innovosions last February for two vehicles and I began noticing some streaking in May/June despite cleaning the wipers on a regular basis. I got much better life out of the factory Toyota blades. Has anyone found an all season blade that holds up well?
post #9 of 21
Its that time, so I'm going to bump this up. I just ordered the Valeo Ultimate wiper blades from Tire Rack. It my first low-profile blade, and I hope it won't ice up. Besides they have a buy one get one deal now, so for about $24 with shipping I get both.

Last year I drove Wear The Fox Hat through a Sierra Blizzard over Carson Pass, Luther Pass, up the East Shore of Tahoe, and then still had to return over Donner Pass. I was reaching out the window to lift my OEM steel frame blades off the window to try to crack off the ice buildup. Near zero visibility made worse by iced up blades. Anyone that has experience with these slim profile blades? I was tempted to go for the silicon, but $$$



While your at it, any recommendations for a non-icing washer fluid? In California the Low VOC laws mean we don't get good alcohol formulations and most of the stuff freezes on contact. Ridiculous too because you can't form VOC induced ozone in the winter :
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
While your at it, any recommendations for a non-icing washer fluid? In California the Low VOC laws mean we don't get good alcohol formulations and most of the stuff freezes on contact. Ridiculous too because you can't form VOC induced ozone in the winter :
My van stores more than a gallon of the stuff. I use it year round and fill it once or twice, not necessarily corresponding to winter.
I was using a Prestone fluid with some ethylene glycol in it that was mediocre. It used to have propylene glycol and none of the "dirt blocker" thing, and I think it worked a bit better. The new stuff leaves a coating on the windshield that is supposed to keep dirt and spray from sticking, but I don't think I like it.

At ambient temps a strong methanol solution would probably be the best bet. Check with local biodiesel people. I think that the trend will be toward heated fluids just barely concentrated enough to not freeze in the reservoir. The OEMs screwed up ~20 years ago with heated reservoirs (boiled the alcohols out of the solutions) but heated nozzles are quite popular now. If you end up screwed out on the road with too weak of a fluid, stop at a gas station and buy a couple bottles of drygas...surely they still sell that in the PRK?

Please let us know how the wipers work out...I'm due as well.
post #11 of 21
Double blades are a bad idea - they tend to build up ice. I have had a lot of luck with OEM blades for my Volvo, but they are expensive.

I would like to find out what wiper fluid they use in Sweden, as that was much better than anything available over here.
post #12 of 21
Have you tried heated wiper blades? They’re well worth the cost if you drive a lot in the snow.

I’ve used these for a couple of years and they really help.

http://www.blizzardblade.com/

These are new and sound even better because they are much thinner but I’ve never used them

http://www.everblades.com/HEATFLEXX.htm
post #13 of 21
I bought some Rain-X Latitude blades and have used them this summer. They work great in rain, but have not used them in snow yet. Will report later.
post #14 of 21
: $146 for one driver's side blade. This might make sense in Wisconsin, but dang!

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Originally Posted by skiandsea View Post
Have you tried heated wiper blades? They’re well worth the cost if you drive a lot in the snow.

I’ve used these for a couple of years and they really help.

http://www.blizzardblade.com/

These are new and sound even better because they are much thinner but I’ve never used them

http://www.everblades.com/HEATFLEXX.htm
post #15 of 21
When I bought mine several years ago it was $29.00 for the driver side.

According to the website the evergreen heatflex are $100 for the pair. Yes, that's still a lot but one drive in a bad storm like you said you had in the sierras blizzard may justify it. They do last for years several if you take them off during the summer.
post #16 of 21
Most of the problem here is that air pollution regulations prohibit the sale of good washer fluid. At lunch time today I went over to the auto parts store and checked. The washer fluid was rated to +32F (0*C). I asked the store guy what's the deal with selling colored water?

It turns out that the sale of any fluid containing alcohol is prohibited by the air pollution regs. Now, keep in mind, that freezing temperatures in the Sacramento Valley are rare. The problem is, thousands of residents here go to the mountains to ski, gamble, recreate etc. So you can count on the majority of cars you pass having no capability to clear snow or ice from their windshields because they can't buy non-freezing fluid at the store, and even the car dealers and oil change places can't use non-freezing fluid. Keep that in mind if you ever rent a car here. I almost feel this topic is suited for the supporter's Politics and Hot Topics forum.

I bought a gallon of denatured alcohol at Home Depot and will make my own. Besides it will make great secret sauce for ski tuning. :

Wipers were delivered today. Ordered Monday, arrived Tuesday. Damn fast. These have the built in spoiler and hook arm connector, and look identical to the Bosch Icon blades which I saw in the store for $23 each.
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
I bought a gallon of denatured alcohol at Home Depot and will make my own. Besides it will make great secret sauce for ski tuning. :
Boom, problem solved.

I know a guy who uses his methanol injection fluid for washing windows. Stab the throttle and the engine gets fifty percent methanol injected wet, pull the lever and the windshield gets the same treatment.
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The problem is, thousands of residents here go to the mountains to ski, gamble, recreate etc. So you can count on the majority of cars you pass having no capability to clear snow or ice from their windshields because they can't buy non-freezing fluid at the store, and even the car dealers and oil change places can't use non-freezing fluid.
So the majority of people who buy these fluids and put them in their cars are too dumb to read the label? No wonder I'm not into California...
:

/learned a long time ago that it pays to check the label when you buy this stuff. there are places where they sell four or five different concentrations...
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by Harry_Morgan View Post
I would like to find out what wiper fluid they use in Sweden, as that was much better than anything available over here.
Almost certainly some sort of ethanol/ethylene glycol concoction. Got a pubmed result for a Swedish study on the issues with such a mixture when I googled it. Interesting note: In many countries, the fluid is sold as a concentrate and added to water. Not popular in the US. Perhaps because the weak mixtures we get are classed as "combustible" fluids instead of "flammable".
post #19 of 21
Rain-X in the Summer and you'll never turn your wipers on again. Winter blades for winter when you have to clear heavy crap. I haven't bought a Summer blade or used wipers in the Summer for years.
post #20 of 21
Having just installed new wiper blades, I thought of this thread. Winter is coming, along with snotty windshields.
post #21 of 21
Thread Starter 
Well, I can see Taylormatt didn't drive through the hurrica,,erm, summer storms at the beach this season.

My completely unscientific single sample testing sez: RainX blades >>>Bosch in the deluge(s) we've gotten.
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