What method(s) have you used in the past to combat hard water spots?

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  • Use a water filter

    58 14.61%
  • Wash only in the morning or in the evening, never when the sun is out

    157 39.55%
  • Use another chemical product after you are done washing to remove spots

    54 13.60%
  • Use a special car wash meant to reduce hard water spots

    58 14.61%
  • Wash car in the shade and dry it off quickly

    281 70.78%
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    What method(s) have you used in the past to combat hard water spots?

    We would appreciate your feedback, comments and suggestions on the topic or washing your car.

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    What method(s) have you used in the past to combat hard water spots when washing and drying your vehicle? (select all that apply)
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    Gee Mike: kinda make use of all the techniques you listed LOL you should have "all of the above"
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    Washing one's car in direct sun is begging for water spots.

    Another thing I do is wash, rinse, and dry the car in sections and this really cuts down on water spots.

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    Does using compressed air to blow water out of the cracks count too?
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    That counts, and it's a great idea. I'll bet it really helps avoiding that drip, drip, drip.................

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    To add to my vote opinion, I personally don't like the idea of using chemicals that "sheet" water off. The Mr Clean thing is something I like for trips, but I'd never use it at home. What the heck is that stuff that it leaves behind on my paint? It weirds me out.

    Plus, I want car wash to do one thing really well: remove dirt from my car in the safest possible way, and minimize the impact on wax. That's why I like #00 so much, and why I step up to stronger stuff like Gold Class on the dirtier cars.

    I still sometimes use the garden sprayer with distilled water, but usually I just QD the car after a wash to remove any residual spotting. Plus, this adds some extra gloss to the car.
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    I have soft water in my house. It also goes to the water outlet where I wash the cars.....so I always have soft water to avoid water spots.
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    I use a hose type water filter

    12" In-line filter (0 TDS)(Reference #30)

    12" in-line De-ioniser purifies tap water to zero parts per million. Water at this level of purity will give super spot free results when washing vehicles. The blue coloured mixed bed resin media inside the cartridge changes colour to brown to signal when the media is exhausted. In hard water areas it will be necessary to run a green in-line filter prior to the blue filter in order to prolong filter life. Caution if you use this filter on its own in a hard water area you may get as few as 5 washes before the filter becomes exhausted, if used in combination with a 30tds green filter up to 30 washes can be expected in hard water areas and up to 90 washes in softer water areas.


    http://shop.ionicsystems.com/htdocs/...ystems_53.html

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    I us a company that supplies me with tanks/filters that turns my tap water into "ultra-pure" water. The service cost me about $66 a month.

    Here is something I just bought to top off my holding tank while on the road - www.spotfreewash.com

    It works pretty good.

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    Hey Mike,
    I use a double filtration water system in my detailing setup. It filters minerals to a purity level of 0.01 microns. The cars here are always done indoors so that helps a great deal

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