Have You Heard about Silicone Wiper Blades?
I have been reading about the tremendous difference in wear that silicone provides over traditional rubber wiper blades. Silicone is a kind of synthetic rubber that can withstand UV rays much better and oxidizes/deteriorates slower than rubber. As the need for replacement is usually due to the breakdown of the rubber, it seems to make sense.
I have read dozens of comments on video reviews and blogs stating they last something like two years versus a few months (in the Texas heat) for normal blades. I usually replace mine about every six months because they start to streak or skip – I am sort of a freak about a clean windshield.
Yes, they cost a bit more but if my calculations are correct, the added life makes them more economical.
They take a bit more effort at the start because there is some window prep involved, but that too should offset the need to replace them more frequently. So I did it. I researched and found a lot of folks recommending the PIAA Super Silicone blades so I picked up the ones for my car.
As I mentioned, there is a bit more up-front labor involved do install them correctly, but not much. Here are the steps:
I will let you know when it is time to replace them just how much use I get out of these blades.
by Chris Doelle
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