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I've used PIAA on several vehicles for years and Silblade once on my 9-3SS for a brief time after I purchased the car. The Silblade got replaced with a set of PIAA. My reason for moving to the silicone blades was I always found Rainx dried out the rubber blades causing them to streak and chatter. The first set of PIAA blades on my OG9-3 got replaced when the frames started rusting after 6 or 7 years of use. I love the PIAA blades, the Silbade I didn't care for. The silicone blades will leave a film on the window, but I've never noticed clarity issues. It really stands out in the rain when the rest of the windshield is dirty leaving defined line of water where water beads and does not. Otherwise I don't see anything on the window. The wife never commented about them on the Camry, Passat or the 9-3SS when it was her daily driver.
The haze from Rainx bothers me too, but I always found that I could buff it out or it went away after a day or two. I switched to Aquapel a couple years back since it last longer than Rainx, but it takes a lot more buffing to get it to clear up and doesn't work as effectively at Rainx. I just don't have the time to wash the car every week or two like I used too.
The PIAA wipers will come with a moist towelette of what I expect is Rainx or something very similar. You apply the towelette to the window then run the blades dry on the window for a little while to develop the "layer of silicone." They recommend that you run them dry every so often to re-apply the layer, but I rarely run them dry.
2010 9-3 XWD AT
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