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Old 19 Apr 2011, 07:10 pm
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Default Squeegee Rubber vs. Silicone (Wiper Blades)

The wiping edge or what is popularly referred to as “squeegee” is the most important part of any silicone wiper blades. It is the core of the of the wiper blade. It determines the quality of the wipe, the performance and durability of the product. There are two broad categories of squeegees:

Rubber

Rubber counts for the bulk of the product sold around the world due to the low cost and relatively widely known technology. It is mostly made up of a compound of natural and synthetic rubber along with other stabilizing chemicals.

The average lifespan of a rubber squeegee is 4-7 months. The life expectancy of this product is highly affected by weather conditions, exposure to sun (UV in particular), extreme temperature swings, road grim and sludge as well as habits of use.

Silicone

Silicone is a stable and durable material; it is newer and utilizes more advance technology. It isn't affected by weather condition or by extreme changes of temperature. Silicone offers the durability that standard rubber does not.

Currently there are few companies that offer Silicone wiper blades such as Trico, Silblade and few others. Silblade has been a pioneer in the field since 1994. Silblade Patented Formulation is unaffected by the elements that break down conventional wipers (UV/sunlight), ozone, oil and grime from road spray. Moreover, Silblade is unaffected by extreme temperatures of as low as -80F and as high as 400F. It utilizes a patented PTFE coating that ensures smooth operation, superior visibility and performance.
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