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Car Washing - using a water filter

Fellow F-Life member V8TDF recently commented on this thread http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/cu...tml#post247492, that he uses a water filter when spraying down his car after washing.

Well, I was more than interested in this as I live in an area with particularly hard water and even using microfibre cloths to dry the car often does not get rid of all of the watermarks on the car - especially the black ones. And no matter how clean I keep the cloths, putting a cloth in contact with a painted surface can only result in micro scrapes over time.

The idea of simply spraying down the car, walking away and it being watermark free was just too appealing.... So I purchased the following filter system, set it up and set about testing the promises of the very friendly supplier!

Maxi-Filter - Refillable Long Life Water Filter System from More Than Polish

Here's the system in place in my 'car wash closet'!
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So first things first, I tested the system out on the Range Rover. A nice big black bonnet and a (rare) sunny day in Ireland were the perfect ingredients.

Stage 1 - wash the car fully, spray off with the power hose and leave to dry naturally.

This left the following results;
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Stage 2 - Repeat the entire process (much to my wife's amusement... your washing a perfectly clean car again, why...?)

This time spray down with the powerhose to remove suds etc, then rinse over with second hose connected to the water filter.

Results as follows;
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Barry- When I had them set up my water softener, I had it done so it softens the outside faucet, too. So I always wash the car with soft water.

You should never wash a car in the sun, especially a black one, so I assume this was merely a test of the filter.

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Verdict:

The system itself it not particularly cheap - will set you back approx 100 GBP, but this works the cost per wash will most probably be measured in pennies/cents so for petrolheads like us its not a significant expense at all.

The pictures give some indication of the result, but in person they are even more impressive. Literally, the car dried without a single watermark anywhere. I have since used it on both Ferrari's the other Land Rovers and the windows of the house!

If you have similar problems with water hardness and have to physically dry your cars to get them gleaming, this is a real time saver and leaves the car even better presented for less labour.

Very glad I made the purchase.

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You should never wash a car in the sun, especially a black one, so I assume this was merely a test of the filter.
I agree Terry. Deliberately did it in the sun to highlight the watermarks in stage 1 and to test whether the filtered water would work in direct sunlight.

(That said, I'm guessing my idea of a hot, sunny day might differ significantly with your experience of the same thing! )

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Barry- The humidity here was 5% earlier this week and 94F/34C, so yes, quite a difference. As you wash a car here, you need to constantly hose down the rest of the car as you wash one section.

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I agree Terry. Deliberately did it in the sun to highlight the watermarks in stage 1 and to test whether the filtered water would work in direct sunlight.

(That said, I'm guessing my idea of a hot, sunny day might differ significantly with your experience of the same thing! )
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Barry- The humidity here was 5% earlier this week and 94F/34C, so yes, quite a difference. As you wash a car here, you need to constantly hose down the rest of the car as you wash one section.
Terry, gawd ...with that kind of humidity, I can literally take shower outside and forget drying. By the way, rainy season here has started two weeks earlier than usual and probably would last for at least six weeks. Humidity ? Oh plenty and great environment for fungal business.

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Terry, gawd ...with that kind of humidity, I can literally take shower outside and forget drying. By the way, rainy season here has started two weeks earlier than usual and probably would last for at least six weeks. Humidity ? Oh plenty and great environment for fungal business.

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Good R&D, Barry... thank you for sharing it. Is that Kercher a good one to buy for the power spray? Is it not better to connect the filter in between your kercher and the main tap?

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Jimmy you going into the mushroom growing business to fund the next car?
Paul, that could be a great idea !!! ...considering the market price for the top of the line Japanese mushroom "matsutake", which can easily fetch $100 per piece. (Do not ask my why this is so ).

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I am all in!

Just need to find out where to source all these products.
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Barry

I am all in!

Just need to find out where to source all these products.
try these guys:

http://www.detailersdomain.com/

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Good R&D, Barry... thank you for sharing it. Is that Kercher a good one to buy for the power spray? Is it not better to connect the filter in between your kercher and the main tap?
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The Kercher is excellent. Had it 4-5 years now, never a problem and excellent pressure. Get the right lance and snowfoam click on bottle and away u go!

The reason the filter is not attached to the pressure washer is that I only use the filtered water for the final rinse off. If I used it for the lot, i'd be changing the filter medium every week!

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I am all in!

Just need to find out where to source all these products.
I purchased in morethanpolish.com, though they are uk based.

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Paul, that could be a great idea !!! ...considering the market price for the top of the line Japanese mushroom "matsutake", which can easily fetch $100 per piece. (Do not ask my why this is so ).

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Yes I know that's why i asked and your mention of fungals lol
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Yes I know that's why i asked and your mention of fungals lol
Long time since I was in Tokyo is it still as crazy as ever?
Paul, if you have been here, you would know. This place is still crazy as ever, in both extremes, if you are talking about how much things can cost.

Example: couple dozens of domestic cherries neatly packed in box as if they were jewels can cost a hundred to two US$ or like I do, go to Costco and get import for eight $.

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Griot's have a couple of models:

The rollaround tank style model for $370, that allows changing the media when depleted for $89: Portable Tank Style Water Deionizer

A small inline cartridge filter style for $145 where you changeout the cartridge when depleted for $125: In-Line Water Softener With Fittings

I've also seen a 2 tank type that incorporates an RO membrane either up or down stream of the deioniser to reduce the TDS to nearly 0. Can't recall who makes it ATM, however.

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These guys are very good for detailing supplies - Car Care Products | Detailing Products | UK - Clean Your Car

For Karcher, I use Chemtec based in Middlesex but mobile for national coverage.
Melvyn (the Sales Director) always seems to have the best price compared to other local competitors (and he is a nice bloke).
As an aside the Karcher that I have has the water softener built in which helps as the water here is very hard.

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