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What is a dress wiper blade?

What is a dress wiper blade? It doesn’t wear clothes, but it is covered. Dressed blades have a covering over the wiper blade frame. Some blades have an aerodynamic cover that adds downforce, like a spoiler. This presses the blade against the window at high speeds, giving it better contact with the glass. Other blades add a protective cover to keep ice from forming on the wiper blade frame. This keeps the frame flexible in winter, so the blade can conform to your windshield.

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