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This is just one little thing that always bugs me about Honda's (and a lot of other cars)...the wiper arms were never painted properly at the factory, so the paint starts to chip away over time until it looks like this:





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Since all 4 CRX's in our household all had crappy looking wipers, I decided to sandblast all 12 wipers (3 from each car). I highly recommend sandblasting because it roughens up the surface a bit and cleans off all the remaining junk paint much better than you could do with sandpaper. I then primed them with black primer (so that future small chips won't show), and coated them with a flat black tremclad paint to give them the factory look. Here's the after picture:

 

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I hit mine with "BBQ" spray paint a few years back and its held up quite well.
Its a no gloss, rough textured, hi-temp spray paint for refinishing BBQ/Grill exteriors.

But yeah, the stock wiper arms suck a$$.
 

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That will not last as long as the factory paint job. If you used spray can paint, the paint will chip in a few months. that paint is just not hard enough. The best and longest solution I have found is to use black vinyl used for stickers or signs. That stuff is hard, sticks well and won't chip.
 

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Well, considering that the factory paint jobs on the wipers started looking like crap in less than 2 - 3 years because they didn't prep the metal properly, I'm saying that this is an improvement. I did the front 2 wipers on my white car before winter and put it through quite a bit of punishment to see if it would hold up, and so far so good. Not a single nick in the paint. I'm using Tremclad paint for a reason...easy to apply and it seems to hold up well to the elements.
 

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Stick, throw this in the HOW-TO or something. I did this on mine too, my stepdad did it on his CRX back in the day (where I got the idea). It's something we should probably all have to do, and something anyone should be able to do (even Mark!).
 

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It's pretty straight forward... not sure if it needs to be in the How to section. A sandblaster isn't exactly a common tool that most people have access to either. When the start chipping again (at some point, they will), I'll just sandblast them again and powder coat them. :)
 

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I just used high temp paint on the ones on my S-10, 5 months of winter, they were holding up really well. On the CRX I used a dark gunmetal laquer. Its not holding up nearly as well, but still looks decent.
 

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The only hard part is getting the wipers off. Actualy, ive never looked hard enough to see if it is hard or not. Any help with this.
 

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Is that wiper wing really an EDM piece? I was thinking some time ago about try to get some from a bmw or something and fitting them to my wipers. Anytime I get above about 80 mph my wipers keep trying to lift off and take flight!
 
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