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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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    After I dry my car with cotton towels, I use a leaf blower on the car. All the water in the nicks and cranies is blown away. I am able to avoid water spots with this technique.

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    Well!

    I use DI water that is heated and that is the anwerser to a lot of water spots. I use a vinegar water solution for chrome and windows. I use the #9 or #80 with the rotary if the water spots are bad and ont he paint, otherwise I will use the water vinegar soution and put a goo wax like #20. I use the Auqa dry to dry the car.
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    Originally posted by macdude
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    Mannnn... I just love your sig!

    Thanks!

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    all of the above and a couple I'm ashamed to admit to.
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    Here's my solution, if you want the car air dries itself with NO water spots, this is the same principle the Mr. Clean thingy works on but these are MUCH better.

    http://www.pwgazette.com/gardenhosefilters.htm
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    Leo,

    I recently purchased one of those but I didn't really get a chance to experiment with it yet but soon will as a brand new CLK straight off the port will be joining the family.

    I received excellent customer service from that company. When there was an issue with the cap of the filter I first received it was corrected right away.
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    At about 4.5 euros ($5.65) per wash (based on neededing both filters for 30 washes), that's extremely pricey. Also, I tried resin bead based filtration that promised lower TDS and it didn't help at all on my 415ppm TDS water.


    Originally posted by TOGWT
    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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    My marine results may be different, but on the docks, all we get is well water. And here in the capital of hard water, Jacksonville/St .Augustine, FL, my options are limited. I'll wash the boats as normal, chamois them off, and then hit the whole boat with #69 Aerosol Quick Wax. No water spots as of yet! Even if we do get them, the Quick Wax gets rid of them.


    I can't emphasize enough how much I love that stuff.

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    Originally posted by VanityYachtDetailing
    . And here in the capital of hard water, Jacksonville/St .Augustine, FL......
    I live close by and can relate. As for washing cars during the day time, if you try it, you will be very sorry. Seems like you'd have to do it at dawn or after sunset.

    I purchased a de-ionizing cartridge and in line filter for my hose, will be trying that. If it does the job, ought to be less complicated and expensive than something like a CRSpotless set up.

    QDing while drying, I still have the former Final Detail for it, is a routine part of my regimen.
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