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Bug Wash or Windshield Washer?

xxxHolic 31,542 5,566 January 10, 2016 at 10:47 PM
I was standing in walmart. Looking at All Season Washer Fluid and Bug Wash. Not sure what to buy for the car.
Both say Windshield Washer Fluid. The Bug Wash is $0.40 cheaper.

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I get the rainx orange stuff. It's year-round (won't freeze), and you go through so little of it, it's worth spending a couple $ on. you can get it in bulk from AAP using coupon codes, about $2/bottle.

Speaking with a cop once, he said the best advice he could give motorists (aside from the obvious like don't speed, DUI, etc) was to use quality windshield wash that works. Too many crashes caused by poor windshield visibility.
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Bug Wash usually has a higher freezing point, so for me it doesn't work well given the low temp saturday was -4F. That being said I wash my car every two weeks or more when weather allows and use invisible glass and a glass microfiber. I then apply normal rain X every few weeks. Works well.

For $0.40 I would say its worth a gamble to see how you like it.
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The bugwash stinks. I noticed no difference in cleaning the windshield. I hope it runs out soon so I can put the regular stuff back in!
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I HATE the blue cheap-o windshield washer fluid stuff. I use the green RAINX (I think it says something about bugs) in the warmer months, and the orange RAINX in the winter months because it has a lower freezing point.

I don't use the orange stuff year round because I find the green one leaves a less streaky wash, if that makes sense.
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Quote from Dr. J View Post :
I get the rainx orange stuff. It's year-round (won't freeze), and you go through so little of it, it's worth spending a couple $ on. you can get it in bulk from AAP using coupon codes, about $2/bottle.

Speaking with a cop once, he said the best advice he could give motorists (aside from the obvious like don't speed, DUI, etc) was to use quality windshield wash that works. Too many crashes caused by poor windshield visibility.
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Bug Wash usually has a higher freezing point, so for me it doesn't work well given the low temp saturday was -4F. That being said I wash my car every two weeks or more when weather allows and use invisible glass and a glass microfiber. I then apply normal rain X every few weeks. Works well.

For $0.40 I would say its worth a gamble to see how you like it.
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The bugwash stinks. I noticed no difference in cleaning the windshield. I hope it runs out soon so I can put the regular stuff back in!
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I HATE the blue cheap-o windshield washer fluid stuff. I use the green RAINX (I think it says something about bugs) in the warmer months, and the orange RAINX in the winter months because it has a lower freezing point.

I don't use the orange stuff year round because I find the green one leaves a less streaky wash, if that makes sense.
RainX is expensive and usually OOS on walmart and amazon.

What about Prestone?
http://www.amazon.com/Prestone-AS...7F15F10H26

It's cheaper than RainX. Usually $3 cheaper.
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RainX is expensive and usually OOS on walmart and amazon.

What about Prestone?
http://www.amazon.com/Prestone-AS...7F15F10H26

It's cheaper than RainX. Usually $3 cheaper.

$3.50/gal for me here @ AAP. If you wait you can get ~ 50% off using online coupon in-store pickup. also RainX enhances water-repellent Rain-X on the glass already - does Presone do that?
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$3.50/gal for me here @ AAP. If you wait you can get ~ 50% off using online coupon in-store pickup. also RainX enhances water-repellent Rain-X on the glass already - does Presone do that?
Where is this 50% off coupon? Is it easy to get the coupon?
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The Presone usually sale for $2.8 at walmart.
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RainX is expensive and usually OOS on walmart and amazon.

What about Prestone?
http://www.amazon.com/Prestone-AS...7F15F10H26

It's cheaper than RainX. Usually $3 cheaper.
I have bought the summer RainX windshield wash before and it was fine, no real difference. What I was really talking about was just the traditional Rain X you apply to a clean windshield and buff off.
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Where is this 50% off coupon? Is it easy to get the coupon?
Thanks.
Try www.retailmenot.com and then your favorite auto parts place.
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Where is this 50% off coupon? Is it easy to get the coupon?
Thanks.

The Presone usually sale for $2.8 at walmart.

Man, you are on SD! AAP coupons ALL THE TIME. There's even a thread in the Coupons forum.
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I haven't used the bug wash because more of it has too high of a freezing point.

I usually switch between the standard blue washer fluid in the summer and the red deicer in the winter. The deicer on tends to be more prone to streaking.

I tried to compare the MSDS for a couple different rain-x products but it wasn't very helpful. All they show is windshield washer fluid is methanol, water, bitterant, and other undisclosed ingredients. The ratios vary some, with a more methanol in the bug wash.
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I stopped using the orange RainX because it left marks and a film on the window where it collects and puddles and dries, I assume from uneven coats being applied as the wipers move around and the product dries unevenly and sticks to itself causing small areas of a hazy build up that keep getting worse with every use. More so on really hot days when the sun was out but noticed it other times too. Like the area just above the wipers at rest, the small line area where the wipers cross each other near the center where the right side wiper turns around, and a big line down the left side of windshield where the left side turns around. I swear it gums up my wipers too and causes streaks much quicker in wiper life than when I use regular winter blue stuff. The only thing I've found that gets those hazy spots off without killing yourself is car wax/polish, squeegees sticks and the sponge at gas stations is useless for trying to get it off, even scrubbing it it a small of an area and as i hard as i could physically push on the windshield with a napkin or paper towel didn't get it off. I used it for years but eventually over time narrowed those marks and film down to the Rain-X washer fluid. I still use the regular RainX window treatment occasionally and have no problem with that.

As for the which type of washer fluid to use? I stick with a winter formula year round, get the one with the lowest possible temperature you think you will ever see. Unless you plan on running your washer fluid dry in the fall, I personally would not want any summer formula in there when winter comes around. The cents you save over time with summer could be wiped out but a cracked washer fluid bottle or at the very least frozen fluid when you really need it.
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try both of them u will see difference,, but freezing points is a vital points
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RainX is expensive and usually OOS on walmart and amazon.

What about Prestone?
http://www.amazon.com/Prestone-AS...7F15F10H26 [amazon.com]

It's cheaper than RainX. Usually $3 cheaper.
Yeah I've used the prestone one also when rainx was OOS. It worked fine for me too as washer fluid for dirt and dust, can't say it did too much for the bugs though!
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