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Old 09-21-2012, 10:19 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by rambleon84 View Post
well try a 2$ spray bottle and your distilled water, test it out on like the hood or something and see how it ends up.

how much do the pump spray things cost?
I don't know; haven't look it up yet but I have the chance to get a free never used one.

Originally Posted by cbdallas View Post
Are you wanting this because you don't want to dry the car? If you're drying the car off, paying anything to achieve 'pure' rinse water is a waste.

When I wash in the driveway, I remove the spray nozzle from the hose and let the water run freely over the entire car. The stream of water takes most of the standing water with it, so there's very little water left on the car itself. Cuts drying time way down.

After towel drying, I use the leaf blower to get the water out of all the seams & joints, then do a final wipedown. This prevents hard water deposits from accumulating in the hard-to-reach areas. A tip for the blower: I place a used dryer sheet over the air intake grille to prevent anything from being sucked in and blown onto the car.
Ya, I am trying to avoid drying the damn thing. I had drying it. I've got a bunch of large microfiber towels and they seem to be good for drying one door and then they start pushing the water around. I also never seem to be able to get to all places before some water has started to dry (I wash in the shade in the evening). I'm sure it's my technique but I'm blaming the towels for now, heh.

I've tried just using the hose to sheet it off and it doesn't work at all for me (next time though I am going to try a slower flow rate and see if that helps). Just seems to get more water on it and my driveway is even slightly sloped.

As for the leaf blower, I've thought about that too. Pretty cheap investment and I may look back to it. I have a HB and the most frustrating part is that water gets underneath the high brake light and then leaks out for the next 10 minutes, ruining the dry job on the hatch.

I don't know if I'll go through with any of this; just wanted to start up some discussion and see if anyone has tried it before me.
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