The rainy season is here and while El Niño is still bombarding us with copious amounts of sunlight (and oddly enough an excess supply of mangoes) it would be best to be prepared for rain in the months to come.
When it comes to gearing up our daily workhorses for rain, more likely the first thing to address would be changing out to a fresh set of wipers. Windshield wipers – as its name dictates – only have one job: to clear any water or debris off the windscreen to maintain visibility.
Not all wipers are created equal though. Even if most wipers consist of metal brackets bracing a rubber strip to clean the glass, that strip of rubber can be made with varying qualities or durability. The quality of wipers and their rubber strips can degrade quickly or worse, may even potentially damage the windscreen if left unattended.
What if there was a wiper with superior durability? One that not only cleans the windscreen, but can also ensure that the glass itself will stay clean as they wipe? This is where PIAA’s Silicone Wipers come into play.
While conventional wipers simply remove water by physically swiping it away, PIAA’s Silicone Wipers also make use of silicone’s inherent water-repelling properties to make its work much easier. The work that goes into creating the strips of silicone on PIAA’s wipers goes well beyond cutting chunks of rubber into shape and inserting them into the bracket.
The inner layer of PIAA’s Silicone Wipers are made of natural rubber blended with silicone, this allows the wiper to lay down a layer of water-repellant silicone onto the glass surface that causes water to simply roll away and have smaller beads.
In order to bind this silicone coating onto the glass, the outer layer of the wiper has small amounts of graphite particles that allow the silicone to stick to the glass – thereby increasing its water repelling properties with every swipe from PIAA's Silicone Wipers. Once laid down properly, the coat of silicone helps take care of mild showers and drizzles without the need to activate the wiper motor.
One other advantage of PIAA’s Silicone Wipers is its durability over conventional rubber wipers. A common issue with rubber wipers is the chipping of its blades over the course of summer when the climate is hot. When a car is left outdoors all day long, rubber degrades and chips off, leaving you with streaks of water on your windscreen during the rainy season. PIAA’s Silicone Wipers can stand extreme temperatures so that its longevity can be maintained for when it is needed. These properties allow PIAA’s wipers to have double the longevity of a conventional rubber wiper.
Apart from silicone’s clear advantages, PIAA is keen to point out that all these perks of the Silicone Wiper do not come at the expense of convenience and comfort. PIAA Silicone Wipers operate without scrubbing noises and streaks once the silicone layer is perfectly laid down onto the windscreen.
If you have plans for long trips in the coming months, get a new set of wipers for your vehicle, and opt for a pair that can give you the best visibility for much longer.
For further info and inquiries you may contact the PIAA Philippine distributor at 0917-5754812 or visit their Facebook page.