For decades, Rain-X has been a household name, helping drivers to “outsmart the elements”. Since the 1972 inception of their original hydrophobic silicone polymer used to repel water from windshields, Rain-X has gone on to provide exceptional products to the automotive industry. Today, Rain-X is known not only for glass and windshield treatments but also for plastic cleaners, washer fluid, car wax, bug and tar washes, headlight restoration, and even wiper blades. And Rain-X is a leader in the car wash industry as well.
In 2005, Rain-X developed the industry’s first complete surface protectant, designed to deliver “increased shine, water repellency, and more durable protection” to more than just the glass. For the first time, chrome, plastic trim, and paint could also be protected by a product applied in a car wash.
A few years later, Rain-X came under the wing of Zep Vehicle Care, the world’s largest provider of car wash products and chemistry to the car wash industry. Featuring some of the most recognizable brands in car care, names such as Armor All, Blue Coral, Black Magic, Zep Professional, and, of course, Rain-X, Zep is the number one auto appearance brand with products trusted by technicians across the country.
What is Rain-X Complete Surface Protectant?
Rain-X Complete Surface Protectant is a hydrophobic sealant available as a premium or add-on service at many quality automatic car washes. It chemically bonds to the surfaces on your vehicle to repel rain, sleet, and snow. And it is safe for all the surfaces on your car. Made from a patented blend of silicones and polymers, Rain-X Complete Surface Protectant provides protection from dirt, salt, bugs, pollen, bird droppings, and other contaminants that can damage your paint and corrode your car.
Similar to wax, Rain-X Complete Surface Protectant creates a barrier coating on your vehicle. But, unlike wax, the sealant bonds to the surface and cures to provide up to thirty days of protection to all of the exterior surfaces of your car, truck, or SUV. It fills the microscopic surface irregularities that cause water and contaminants to stick to your car. And it enhances the shine and appearance of your vehicle.
The benefits of Rain-X Complete Surface Protectant
Of course, Rain-X Complete Surface Protectant is not intended to be a substitute for wax, especially a quality hand-applied Carnauba wax product that layers up as a sacrificial coating on your paint. But what the sealant does offer is a suitable barrier coat for use under wax – or as a quick alternative to hand waxing (especially when coupled with Armor All ® Extreme Shine Wax) – when your schedule is busy and you are on the run. Many automotive enthusiasts prefer a layer of sealant underneath Carnauba wax. Rain-X Complete Surface Protectant and Armor All ® Extreme Shine Wax together offer significant protection for those drivers who do not have time to have their vehicles professionally sealed and hand-waxed, or the inclination to wax their vehicle themselves in the driveway.
And Rain-X Complete Surface Protectant serves to provide better visibility (and safer driving) in the rain by causing the water to bead up and run off of your windshield. Rain-X Complete Surface Protectant also helps to protect against damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun.
When selected as a premium car wash option – or added a la carte – Rain-X Complete Surface Protectant delivers increased shine, better surface protection, and excellent water repellency for safe driving in inclement weather. Together with its parent company, Zep Vehicle Care, Rain-X Complete Surface Protectant is an industry leader from a brand people know and trust.
If you care about your car, you probably prefer to pamper it a bit. So, just as you might upgrade to synthetic oil when you get your oil changed, or opt for ceramic brake pads vs. semi-metallic pads, the next time you take your vehicle in for an automatic car wash, ask for the premium service with Rain-X Complete Surface Protectant and Armor All ® Extreme Shine Wax.
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