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    Best way to clean wiper blades?

    I was cleaning the plastic cover on the bottom of windshield and while applying protectant I lifted up wiper arms and got some on the wiper blade itself. It is a silicone based protectant. I want to remove it from blade without leaving any residue behind. Could I just use an alcohol swab? I don't want no squeeking blades!

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    Re: Best way to clean wiper blades? (MyKeLyKe)

    Alcohol followed by some water should do the trick for ya, I've always used it to clean my blades and never had a problem.

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    Re: Best way to clean wiper blades? (Paradigm)

    Thanks for the help. Has anyone ever tried the wiper blade cleaner and renewer by Prestone? You put a few drops of product on a sponge and treat your blades with it. It claims to renew and prevent chattering.

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    Re: Best way to clean wiper blades? (MyKeLyKe)

    Try wiping each side of the wiper refill with a slice of an apple. Also lubricates the rubber.

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    Re: Best way to clean wiper blades? (Tall1)

    I've never heard of such a thing, but I will be sure to try that. Sounds simple and inexpensive and what I don't use I can eat

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    Re: Best way to clean wiper blades? (MyKeLyKe)

    For years I have used baby wipes. You laugh, but they work great and they are as cheap as anything out there. They are alcohol free and leave a nice scent . Just kidding. They take off all of the road dirt, grime and road residues as well as salt and other chemicals that are used on the roads this time of the year. I typically can get 15k - 20k miles per set of blades by regularly cleaning them with the baby wipes.

    The wipes will also take stains out of most everything especially the mouse fabric seats we have.

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    Re: Best way to clean wiper blades? (1Big Ed)

    Wow...do they make the blades as soft as a baby's ass?

    That's actually a good idea. They take some pretty nasty sh!t (literally) right off a baby's ass, so road grime shouldn't be much tougher.

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    Re: Best way to clean wiper blades? (bfalchuk)

    This is insane. Spend $30K+ on a car and we (owners of later 2002s with aero blades, that is) are reduced to buying baby products and fruit to squeze some extra time out of wiper blades that cost five times as much to replace as for most other cars (even Bimmers)

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    Re: Best way to clean wiper blades? (The401Veteran)

    well, this is what I usually do to restore wiper blades. Two options:

    1) use very fine sand paper and just run it against the blade few time. Then clean the blades with some soap water.

    2) Use rubbing compound and paper tower and just run it against the blade (this takes longer) then wash with soap water.

    On both procedures, it removes dirt and all the hardened or oxidized rubber from the blade and resurface the softer rubber for better wiping.


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    Re: Best way to clean wiper blades? (PASSAT2001.5)

    Vinegar. I've heard about the apple.

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    Re: Best way to clean wiper blades? (Honda_to_VW)

    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Vinegar. I've heard about the apple.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    If you want to use fruits for source of an acid, why not use lemon or lime?
    I gues the idea behind using acid would be to break disulfide bonds "R-S-S-R" in rubber to remove outer surface.

    I must not have dozed off for this lecture in O-chem.

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