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

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

    Prayer.

    So far God has denied my prayers.

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

    My water here is VERY hard. Quick detailer gets a lot of spots off, but not all of them. Sometimes it even takes a little SwirlX or DC1 to get them out.

    One day after washing and drying two cars as fast as I could between the time when the shade comes and when it is totally dark (very short time) and ending up with horrible spots on the black one (that would not come out with QD), I said heck with this and installed a hose tap off a house-softened line. It still will leave some spots, but not nearly as bad. I am now experimenting with the Mr. Clean gun, since they are being cleared out so cheap now. So far the results have been mediocre.

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

    Imo, If you dry the water off asap there should be no reason for water spots.

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

    Hi,

    has anyone used the Deluxe Clean Water Filter System that is on Wolfgangautocare.com? ($139)



    I was looking into getting an inexpensive water filter / softener, has anyone found something like that?

    Thanks

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

    Hey Scott!

    I removed the link and embedded some pictures for you since new members need to reach 30 posts before posting clickable links.

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

    I use water softener for the entire house. The water here at my neighbourhood is hard enough to stain on all watery equipments. Eventhough, still the water seem stain a little bit if left dried. Probably from another mineral form.

    I wash my car in the morning. Use distilled water (bought from a local groceries) for final rinse. Later after the sun goes up, I put the car in the garage for drying process.

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

    Soft water will not help at all (or at least not much). What you need to do is get rid of the TDS in the water. A deionizer is what does the trick.

    Jim

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

    i spray water with nozzle
    wash&wax
    rinse using free flowing water without nozzle it makes more sheeting and less water beads
    then directly i spray detailer panel by panel then smooth wipe with waffle weave towel then light buffing with soft microfiber
    i try to do it as fast as possible

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

    Hands down the best thing for me has been using a leaf blower to immediately dry the car. To do so, you must be patient and move slowly to get ALL the droplets off from the top down, drying the car very thoroughly (which still only takes 10 minutes or so). I used to deploy several MFs, but that took hours of wiping sometimes (particularly in high humidity), and only created more spiderwebs, exhaustion and frustration. I also use a very tight water filter, which does help, but the blower is the key to keeping that show car look, IMHO.

    When it rains, I just let it sit, because rain is pure water (at least in the Southeast), so there are no spots, or at least, very light ones that are not "hard" spots, but light dirt residue easily removed with Quik Wax. After a hard rain, there may be streaking or drip lines around the mirrors and doors, say from prior Quik Wax or Ultimate Black, but those streaks are easy to touch up. Driving in the rain is another matter, of course, and I try to avoid it if possible!
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