Maintenance Matters

December 2011 Issue

Rain-Repellent Cleaners: All Kleer, LP Are Tops

Cleaners and polishes don’t always do exactly the same thing. In this report, we’re looking at a half dozen that claim at least some rain repellancy.

Single-engine airplanes don’t have windshield wipers and neither do a lot of twins. While it’s true that prop and airblast blows the water off, that process can use a little help and that’s where windshield cleaners and polishes come in. There are literally many dozens if not hundreds of these products, some intended for glass, some for plastic and some both. To keep this inquiry under control, we’re testing only those cleaners that claim some degree of rain repellency, on the theory that if you’re going to clean your windshield, you might as well do it with something that makes it easier to see through when it’s raining.

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