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Old 01-25-2009, 06:36 PM   #1
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I live in a house with well water and although it is fine for everyday drinking and such, I have had a hard time getting a good wash from my hose. I get white spots and cannot get away from them.

Does anyone have any good suggestions on how I can still wash my car at home?


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Old 01-25-2009, 07:26 PM   #2
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You can always buy water filtration systems but they can get expensive ($300+). The best thing to do is to constantly keep the car wet, don't let the water dry up before you are finished. A few tips to accomplish this... wash early in the morning while it's still cool out; during the California summers I will get up at 7AM on Saturday mornings to wash my car. Next, wash in the shade or even in your garage if possible. Finally, make sure you continually spray the car down with water. Wash a couple panels and then soak the car down. Just keep it wet and don't let the water dry on the car. Afterwards, make sure you dry it all up quickly. If you are getting hard water spots you are taking too long and letting the water dry up, don't allow this happen and you shouldn't have a problem with spots.
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Old 01-25-2009, 07:29 PM   #3
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The cheapest way to get filtration would be to get this. I've had it before and it actually worked pretty well filtering out any minerals in the water.

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Old 01-25-2009, 07:31 PM   #4
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:43 AM   #5
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....the following is the inline water filtration system I have (from Autogeek):

http://www.autogeek.net/deluxe-filter-system.html

The water in my area is also hard. I mounted these two to the fence in my backyard which is close to the side door of my garage. I use quick-connects so I can tap into the filters when I wash my vehicles and then unhook the hose(es) when I'm done. The cost is $140 and the soft water filter can be rejuvenated with sodium tablets (a pack is included).

btw, to further help eliminate the possbility of water spots, I wash my vehicles inside my garage. I'm lucky since I have great drainage and enough room. THe filters do a great job. Any spots I might get now are easily removed (not like the hard crusty ones I would have had before).
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:41 PM   #6
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A possible quick fix is to make sure not to let the water dry before you get a chance to dry it with a MF towel. Make sure you wash in the shade, the water will take longer to dry.
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Old 01-27-2009, 03:57 PM   #7
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I owned a black car before and the Mr Clean set-up is worth it's weight in gold. I just hated having to buy replacement stuff.
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:57 PM   #8
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find some dealership that has Zep products and the acid degreaser is safe and works really good
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:03 AM   #9
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find some dealership that has Zep products and the acid degreaser is safe and works really good
If the water spots have already etched into the paint then this will do nothing. If they have not yet etched into the paint then this isn't even necessary.
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