Silicone, the wave of the wiper blade future from TireRack

Friday, August 7, 2009 by Damon Witters

I have been a huge fan of our PIAA Super Silicone wiper blades for some time.  Last week I ran through a construction zone that splattered tar all up the front of my truck.  I had to use Laquer Thinner to clean it all off the windshield.  I followed it up by 50/50 alcohol and water mix and then finally Windex. At that point I knew it was as clean as it could be and the initial silicone treatment that comes with the blades was removed.  After just a week of wiper use you can clearly see the blades have re-deposited a new thin layer of silicone back onto the window to repel water JUST like they claim.  And with proper care they last a long time.

Very cool.

PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades, A Personal Experience

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 by Chad Hocker
After using the PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blade for a few months.  I am impressed with the performance they offer.  Compared to the original equipment wipers that came on my General Motors vehicle the PIAA aftermarket wipers are a nice improvement.  I have had them for 3 months now so it may not be a fair comparison to the original equipment blades, which I had used for a year.  The first thing I noticed about these blades was how much better I could see while using the wipers in rainy conditions.  Another thing I like about the PIAA is the way the water beads as a result of the silicone coating on the windshield allowing the water to be easily removed by the wiper.  I have been very happy with the PIAA Super Silicone Wipers.  Take a look at how they compare to the traditional Wiper Blades like I used to have on my car.
PIAA Super Silicone Wiper
Prior to wiper use, prepare windshield according to the instructions included in the Windshield Preparation Kit.   Run blades "dry" for 5 minutes to complete windshield preparation. This spreads initial silicone coating on the windshield.   Wiping action makes windshield water-repellant, so rain beads up,   and is removed by the wipers at low to moderate speeds,

Super-smooth glide eliminates annoying chattering and squeaking.

  or by wind pressure at moderate to high speeds.

Then compared to the traditional wiper blade without the use of silicone blades
Other Wiper Blades
............. Normal windshield  allows rain water to collect and puddle.   So rain never beads up,...    .....   there by reducing visibility.   Noisy, chatter, vibration especially for chemical-coated windshield.


On a side note regarding my installation experience make sure you read the instructions and follow them.  Their are some specific instructions you need to follow to make the wipers a success.  Make sure you use the correct hook on installation which is shown in the instructions.  Once I figured things out the installation went quickly.