Project rating 1/5 (one being the easiest)
So I’ve been looking to find the cheapest and most affordable way to ship two wiper blades for my 1966 Mustang, it’s been over 3 months then I realized I’d rather not spend much on something I really don’t need. BTW I don’t live in the US.
I live in a sunny country where it rarely rains, so wipers aren’t as important as in other locations.
I like to think outside the box and love DIY so after searching for the best price to order 2 wiper blades to replace the worn out existing one. I decided to get generic wipers and paint them silver to match the current ones as they would stand out if I installed them as is, black.
We don’t get a variety types of wiper blades here, I’m sure in the States or in some other countries you can get colored blades.
Why you would ask?
My car isn’t a show car nor is it a daily driver. I would call it a weekend driver. Is not perfect the paint isn’t the best, the chrome has pitting’s etc…
If I order 2 for my stag from my fav. Online place its $13 each plus shipping let’s say it’s going to be $32 shipped to my forwarding address and another $15 for international shipping to my country.
I will end up with $47 for 2 wipers. I now have two good usable wiper blades for less than the cost of one wiper blade if purchased form a local store in the US. It’s a $40 dollar saving for me. ($25-40 depending on where I get them from)
The generic wiper cost me 2.75 each plus 1.75 for the spray paint can so a total of 7.25
I didn’t have time to shop around I just went to a few places and realized 15 inch wipers don’t seem to be a common size. I think the fake bosch frame-less type wiper blade would have been nice as they will look similar to the originals, but I don’t know if the paint would crack.
What I could have done better after finishing the project?
Maybe applying more coats of paint, I did maybe 3 but some spots if inspected from close distance are not coated properly will look at them in a years’ time and see how much of the paint faded off and if it’s a good option project or not
Is this project for everybody?
It’s an easy project, but if I can go pick up two stock looking wiper blades for 10 each and save my self the hassle and have them installed right out of the box knowing the paint won’t fade etc… I would do that.
Follow these easy steps if you want to do the same
Set of generic wiper blades (these were $2.75 each)
Mask them so the rubber wipers are covered you don’t want that painted
Hang them so you can paint them evenly as pictured
Spray paint the wipers with light coat let each coat dry before you coat it again
Paint the fixtures/holders that attache the wipers to the arm
Let the wipers dry overnight
Unmask the tape gently and fix the fixture/holder
Install wipers and enjoy, the right wiper is the one I painted and the one on the left was the one that came with the car (previous owner installed it I guess)
The top one is painted by me while the bottom one is what came with the car
Wipers painted on 12/12/2011 will try to review the paint next year or if the paints fades (which could be earlier)