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Old 09-20-2012, 06:13 PM   #1
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This may sound crazy...

Has anyone used like a garden sprayer (for like weed killer, etc) and filled it with distilled water and then used it to spray the car down after a thorough rising as a way to get a spot free rinse? My idea would be buy distilled water (or maybe it has to be deionized which would suck cause it's expensive) and use the sprayer only for water. It would seem that the spray would be similar to spot free rinses in autowashes.

Tell me how nuts this is and why it won't work. Because if you don't, I might just go waste my money to find out.


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Old 09-20-2012, 07:03 PM   #2
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That is was mr. clean car wash kit kinda did. It had a filter and it misted which you would use after washing car. It worked decently however it got expensive in replacing filters so i stopped. Also needed to spray it evenly or else odd spots showed when dried.
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:05 PM   #3
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I used that too and had great results. But I can't get filters anymore do I am trying to substitute for it.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:51 PM   #4
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Like this? http://www.autopia-carcare.com/pinna...e-sprayer.html
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:54 PM   #5
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Sorta but with like a 3 gallon tank. The kind that you have to pump up to pressurize. It's got a wand to do the application.

I wonder if distilled water would give a spot free rinse. Anyone have thoughts?
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Here is a system that de-ionizes the water, it claims you can wash a car without any soap. But the looks of it, it kinda works like Mr.Clean did, but uses a brush and not just a spray of water. Its a bit on the expensive side, but could possible be what your looking for?

http://www.amazon.com/Homeright-C800.../dp/B002HRE0EG

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Old 09-20-2012, 10:31 PM   #7
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That's the idea that I want but on a shoestring budget, heh, and a shortcut.

I may have to test to see how distilled water does for water spots. Deionized water is much to expensive to buy.
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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?
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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.
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:19 AM   #10
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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.

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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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