Safer Driving with a Windshield Coating

Updated: Oct. 15, 2019

Improve safety with a windshield glass treatment

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Glass treatments coat your windshield with water repellant, making it easier to wipe away water, ice and bugs and giving you a clearer view out your windshield for months.

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Applying glass windshield treatment

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How to apply windshield treatment yourself

Squeeze the wings on the Aquapel applicator to start the flow of the fluid. Apply to the windshield. Wipe off. Repeat.

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Research has proven that glass treatment products can improve your view through your windshield in rainy weather by as much as 34 percent. The improved vision can increase your response rate by up to 25 percent. That could mean the difference between avoiding an accident or being part of one.

Most glass treatments work by coating your windshield with a water-repellent silicone film. The coating makes water bead up and improves the wiper blade’s ability to remove the water. The coating also makes it easier to wipe off ice and bugs.

Windshield Treatment

Most conventional silicone windshield treatments last about one month. But our favorite glass treatment Aquapel achieves a much longer service life by chemically bonding with the glass. It should last for six months. Aquapel and similar products are available at auto parts stores or online, with larger quantities usually discounted.

Application of Aquapel is simple. Make sure the temperature is at least 50 degrees F. Clean the windshield and allow the glass to dry. Then wipe Aquapel onto the glass and wipe it off. Then wipe on a second coat, wipe it off and you’re done.

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