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Rain-X Rain Repellant
« on: December 17, 2012, 01:45:21 PM »
The other day, I was searching ebay for some 'anti-fog' spray for the inside of my motorcycle helmet visor, when I came across this >>



I thought I'd try it, duly ordered it, and it turned up today.

The blurb says it works by........'by creating an invisible hydrophobic coating that repels rain, sleet & snow. Raindrops bead up upon contact with the super slick coating and are blown away by aerodynamic wind flow"

...........Like this >>


           Treated                          Untreated



So, I've just been outside coating the exterior windows of two vehicles with it, infact, I gave both front and rear screens of both the vehicles two coats.........just to make sure like!!

It's a clear liquid (which smells just like Brandy), which is applied to clean, dry glass, left to dry for a few moments, and then the very slight haze that is left behind is gently buffed off with another clean dry cloth.....it's very quick, and very easy to do, as it requires very little effort or pressure.

In treating all that glass, I only used about a 1/10th of the 200ml bottle.........so a little goes a very long way.

Of course, after treating the glass, I was just itching to test it, and so got a watering can, and poured water over the windscreen.

The results were amazing, it did just as it claimed, and the water simply beaded-up, and made a very rapid exit off the glass. Any droplets that did remain needed only the slightest breath to make them scarper off the windscreen. Brilliant.


So what the hell has all this got to do with airgunning, you may ask.....well, while I was applying the Rain-X to the cars, I got to thinking if it was in any way similar to the treatment that Bushnell (and Nikon, IIRC) use on some of their scopes, to give a clearer image when shooting in the rain.

I concluded it probably was, and the more I thought about it, the more uses the (all weather) shooter/hunter could have for Rain-X came to mind......scope lenses, binoculars, LRF's, screens on NV equipment, spectacles, even possibly stocks......infact, any hard surface where you don't want water to settle on.


So, having been suitably impressed by Rain-X this morning, I'm gonna apply some to the scope lenses of a few of guns I use in the wet, and see how it goes.

As yet, I don't know how long the treatment will last, or how often the lenses (and car screens) will need to be re-coated....so I'll keep you informed on that.


In the meantime, here's a link to the stuff on ebay if any of you want to try some for yourselves >>

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/120952629765?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

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Re: Rain-X Rain Repellant
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2012, 06:47:30 PM »
I've been uusing it on cars for about 15 years. It works better with their glass cleaner and lasts 2-3 months but to keep the screen clear you need to be doing at least 50 mph, anything below that the wind isn't strong enough to blow the water off.
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Re: Rain-X Rain Repellant
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2012, 06:55:46 PM »
the wind isn't strong enough

WELSH wind is!!!  ;)

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Re: Rain-X Rain Repellant
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2012, 06:58:34 PM »
the wind isn't strong enough

WELSH wind is!!!  ;)

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Re: Rain-X Rain Repellant
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2012, 07:09:11 PM »
the wind isn't strong enough

WELSH wind is!!!  ;)

is that because of the leeks Gareth ?

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Re: Rain-X Rain Repellant
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2012, 08:25:05 PM »
I used Rain X, on the cars front windscreen,initially it worked well,very impressive.However when I came to renew/top up surface it didn't seem to be as efficient and didn't last as long as before.The longer I used it the shorter the period between coatings became and less impressive its performance  was, I eventually gave up and just used a cloth or wipers as needed.Its around the house somewhere.
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Re: Rain-X Rain Repellant
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2013, 11:26:18 PM »
Use'd it for year's on outside Face mask use Rain-X anti-fog on inside.You have to put Rain-X on right or it don't work,read directions and do it like it say'es.Bike Windsheald too.I here People say it sucks on Car Windows,because They put it on LAZY.Do it right or don't use it if Your LAZY and won't at least try to follow dirrection's and end up with a mess You can't even see out of.....Franky

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Re: Rain-X Rain Repellant
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2013, 11:32:07 PM »
It's also fantastic for eye glasses (specks)
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Re: Rain-X Rain Repellant
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2013, 11:28:54 AM »
I used Rain X, on the cars front windscreen,initially it worked well,very impressive.However when I came to renew/top up surface it didn't seem to be as efficient and didn't last as long as before.The longer I used it the shorter the period between coatings became and less impressive its performance  was, I eventually gave up and just used a cloth or wipers as needed.

I wonder if the drop-off in it's performance was due to wiper blade degradation?

Obviously, as wipers get older, they get blunt and the rubber hardens, and so vision is impaired.

In reality, Rain-X is supposed to negate/reduce the need for wipers, but if one piece of the jigsaw isn't working properly, the whole shebang will be compromised.

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Re: Rain-X Rain Repellant
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2013, 02:53:42 AM »
They make Rain-X Wipper Blade's that don't smear and Rain-X Washer Fluid too.....Franky