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Hi.
Had to put in windsreen washer fluid with antifreeze (up to -60degC) and applied another layer of Rain X at a same time.
Next morning driving across areas with local showers here and there I had to use windscreen washer quite a bit.
Unfortunately all I was getting was like a oily/grasy film on winscreen :mad:

That was about 40mile of pain in the back side :facepalm:
Cleaned the winscreen with what I had there (paper towel+water+some multipurpose cleaner). On way back another 40miles of other cars spray and some rain patches and it happend again - smears on whole windscreen. :(

Cleaned the windscreen with more paper towels & window cleaner - not much of a change. Driving today wasnt really any better. May try to attack it with good ol fairy liquid to get rid of Rain X.

Anyone any ideas on that ??? :confused:
How to get rid of smears / problem / rain x ?

P.S. Need that washer fluid with antifreeze as other fluid didnt cope with temp the other winther and half way my trip I managed to park car in garage for couple of hours to thaw the ice in washer reservoir / pipes / nozzles and replace with with some concentrated one given to me abroad.
 

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I believe you should have done better preparation.
Before I seal my windscreen I wash it first , clay it, then I used ipa , nanolex glass cleaner , ipa again and finally seal it.
No probs at all
 

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I've never been a fan of rain-x for this reason.
Used it once then binned it.
 

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Of all the members of this Forum I'm probably the least interested in cars and the most behind the times, but I always thought it was an absolute No-No to put anti-freeze in the windscreen washer reservoir because it could damage the paintwork. Or has the composition of anti-freeze changed?

I actually welcome rain when driving, as it seems the most effective (and cheapest!) way of cleaning the windscreen.

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Hi All.

Just to make it clear:

- Sorry for my language & sentences. Some of them makes me laugh when I re-read my posts. LOL

- I have used Rain X for last couple of months and there was no problem with rain and ordinary screenwash. Rain X worked properly on couple of cars and lorries as well.
Problem occured with new screenwash.

- Screenwash is bought from shop. Its ready made. It says on the bottle: Screenwash with added antifreeze. Up to -60degC.

I think that formula of screenwash with antifreeze and formula of Rain X don't like each other.
I looks like screenwash is "thick" and sticks to windscreen.

Just received new windscreen wiper blade so I can be sure that is OK at least. Will try to test it today/tommorow. Will try to remove Rain X with fairy/white vinegar etc as much as possible and test screen wash on its own.

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M.
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That's the winter screenwash concentrate - you should dilute it - like, half'n'half with water, and add a little washing up liquid when filling ...
 

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I agree that the screenwash is probably too strong, which IMO could cause the problems you are having. No idea why you would want to add fairy liquid though!!
I've done it for years - my Dad convinced me of the benefits - keeps the screen much more 'smear free' than any winter windscreen washer fluid alone ...

In summer, I usually just use plain water, with a squirt of 'Fairy Liquid' or whatever ...
 

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Is there a stream of bubbles as you drive? :)
One not so huge squirt in 6 litres - no issues at all ...

(I'd have said "little squirt" - but then you'ld be complaining about covert 'ad-hominem' attacks ! :p) ...
 

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Just put a dishcloth under the wiper blades and you'll be fine :)
And the missus sitting on the bonnet, to dry the screen afterwards ? ...
 

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I agree that the screenwash is probably too strong, which IMO could cause the problems you are having. No idea why you would want to add fairy liquid though!!
Just want to attack windscreen with fairy / vinegar / cleaners etc to get rid of Rain X from windscreen surface.

Will dillute the screenwash but just a little bit.



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Old Fluid still in resevoir??

The only times I've had problems with the smearing with the antifreeze washer fluid is when someone topped off my washer fluid with the regular blue stuff by mistake..

You pretty much have to drain your resevoir before switching to the antifreeze fluid because even if you were out to where it wasn't spraying on your windshield there may have been some on the bottom of the tank still.

Just a suggestion cuz I love the orange rainex antifreeze stuff and don't have any issues as long as it is positively the only kind in there...
 
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