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Posted: 04/27/21 04:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Was wondering if putting an application of Rain X or similar water repellent on the solar panel would help in keeping the panel cleaner. Any thoughts on this idea appreciated. Thank you.

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My panel is on the roof and the thought of keeping it cleaner without having to goon the roof got me thinking about the RAIN X application. Thanks again.

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I think Rain-x is not recommended for solar panels.

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Every so often you might want to rinse them off or perhaps wash them with soap and water but other than that leave them alone.


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gbopp wrote:

I think Rain-x is not recommended for solar panels.

I can’t possibly imagine how this could be possible.


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Thank you to everyone’s replies. I knew someone would know. Thanks again.

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Posted: 04/28/21 07:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've never washed mine in 15 years. Rain takes care of that for me.



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I don't know what the top of solar panels is made of, but it's not glass. RainX is for glass and can damage some plastics. It'll fog headlights for instance. Maybe there's some kind of car wax that might work.

I just use a long handled brush/squeegee. To clean mine periodically.


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lane hog wrote:

I've never washed mine in 15 years. Rain takes care of that for me.
You sure about that? Rain is how mine get dirty.

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TurnThePage wrote:

I don't know what the top of solar panels is made of, but it's not glass. RainX is for glass and can damage some plastics. It'll fog headlights for instance. Maybe there's some kind of car wax that might work.

I just use a long handled brush/squeegee. To clean mine periodically.


Solar panels are covered with tempered glass.

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