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post #1 of 11 Old 01-12-2008, 05:33 AM Thread Starter
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PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades

Anyone use these?

I have a set on my '04 EX-L and like them. But, it's time to replace (1 yr) them and was looking for other suggestions if you have any.

Find something just as good but less $$$.? Looking at $48+ for a set of new ones...not the just blade replacement.



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I have had exceptional luck with these. I bet they'll outlast the PIAAs.



My son put them on his 2004 EV and said they didn't completely follow the contour of his windshield. I haven't put them on the '07 yet, but I will. This company is local to me, I know many of the principals, having worked with them in a previous life, and they have a very good product and will stand behind it.


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I also use the PIAA blades during the warmer months and I have my likes and dislikes. Likes - they do repel water real well, to the point where you don't even have to use the wipers while driving fast enough on the highway because the water sheets off due to the wind. Dislikes - the silicone leaves a thin layer of film on the windshield that makes it appear dirty.

Why not just buy the refills and not the whole assembly? I've also heard good things about those Silblades as well. Nice warranty too.

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Actually back there, I should have said his 2004 EX. Interesting comment about the filmy buildup with the PIAAs. The reason the PIAAs, Silblades, and all other silicone wiper blades work is the presence of a thin film of PTFE (known commonly by the brand name Teflon) on the wiper surface. That film allows the blade to travel smoothly over the surface without the chattering that would occur if the blade were pure silicone rubber. That PTFE film allows permeation of the low molecular weight silicones onto the windshield (creating the Rain-X effect) but also provides that low friction glide. The silicone rubber brings better low temperature flexibility and much better UV/oxidation resistance than the organic rubbers in conventional blades.

In fact, if you want to stretch the life of your conventional wiper blades, when you think they're shot, take a moist towelette (or a rag soaked in isopropyl alcohol - that's what does the trick in the towelette) and wipe the blades several times until the black stops coming off. The blades will work much better for a while - maybe not as good as new, but acceptable - until somebody runs a sale. The alcohol strips off the oxidized rubber and renews the surface amazingly well.

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^ Makes sense. I agree with the alcohol wipes too... those "prep pads" that come with the PIAAs are more or less exactly that - alcohol pads that clean and renew the surface contact point (a.k.a. the glass).

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I use cheap Michelin wipers ($8/blade?) from Target, and I get the same "rain-x" effect. These wipers seem to last forever.

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Hmmmm

I think Ive tried almost every brand of wiper there is on the market for both cars. Ive never experienced a perfect blade. And yes, the silicone makes it look like the front glass is filthy.

Ive also done an experiment about the kinds and designs of wiper blades themselves:

I wanted to try two different kinds of wiper blades on my windshield for 6 months or so, see how they react and perform. The standard blade has the pressure points at certain places. And it wears on those places... so when it rains or snows, I get streaks in THOSE places.

Ive tried this new kind of blade that is one continuous piece of rubber, and its bought in a standard package and its got a kind of bend to it that is flexible for almost any car windshield.

I had the new kind of blade on the driver side and the old style on the pass side.. for about 7 months. Verdict, the new kind sticks to the front glass better, but the wind tends to whip at it easier. The old design still wears in the same 5 or 6 places that always make me crazy.

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I'm always amazed at the blades the mercedes dealer stocks for my 190e...and they're like 10$ (mind you, one wiper arm...one long 22" blade )

Bosch is the maker, and no, not the ICON series (heard not the best of things about those) these are just regular, run of the mill Bosch blades, repackaged for Mercedes

No 'dirty' build up..lasts for years upon years and conforms very very well (has to with the one wiper arm system)

I also second the use of alcohol with cotton balls or wipes until the black stops coming off... about every season or so I do this

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dunno about piaa
But I used bosch icon, only lasted 2 months
raining every day (seattle)

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Just change them every six month, summer and winter blade + raindrop.


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i use the honda factory blades and rainx fliud in the washer and almost never have to use the wipers the water just rolls off =) i only use the wipers to clean my windsheild when it is dirty.

rain-x is the greatest.

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