- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 1, 2004

There are some windshield-cleaning products on the market that have some mostly unadvertised uses in addition to their rain-repellent qualities.

Some auto-shop clerks know of these anti-scratch uses, but others don’t, so I had better give out some real names. I’ve written before about windshield cleaners that fight scratching, and readers have been met with perplexed looks at the parts store.

The two I have used are Castrol Super Clean AccuVision, which is a mouthful to ask for at an auto parts store, and Rain-X, also available at auto parts stores but a heck of a lot easier to say.

Although, as I said, they are not advertised as such, apply either one to the windshield, and the coating and sealing action will appear to reduce scratch marks associated with older windshields. They do have to be applied regularly to get that continued effect.

Also, again unadvertised, they can reduce the yellowy surface scratching on headlamp lenses and increase the light output, but must be applied regularly as well, say once a month, to have a lasting effect.

AccuVision and Rain-X containers both note that the outside temperature should be above 40 degrees before using the product. They both contain alcohols, so be very careful about getting any spills on painted automobile surfaces.

Oh, by the way, when applied to windshields, they also work great at smoothing out your forward vision during a rainstorm. But it’s their ability to stop oncoming vehicles from splattering light across a scratched windshield that makes them really shine.

I would tend to use rubber gloves to keep the solutions from irritating your hands and keep the containers away from children because they could be dangerous playthings.


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