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Old 07-08-2013, 09:07 AM   #1
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washing my car with bad water

Ok so I want to start hand washing my car but where I live the water it pretty terrible. I think its a bit hard but the real problem is calcium. It gets on everything, its so bad that basically all my dishes have white blotches all over them from it.

So what worries me is will that stay on my car if I use the water to wash it? Id hate to wash my car only to get a bunch of white spots on it.

Anything I can do to neutralize it?

Also really how bad at the automatic car washes? There is a little touchless drive in job at a self serve place across the way here that doesn't look too bad.....


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The touchless might be a better way to go, they tend to have a rinse setting with cleaner water. Avoid the foam brushes, they can scratch/swirl up the paint.
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Short of installing a water-softener or a filtration system of some sort, the water you have is pretty much what you have to deal with. There are a couple different ways you can deal with this-

A- Buy distilled water for your hand wash. It seems ridiculous and is most likely over-the-top for your needs, but is an option nonetheless.

B- Use a rinseless wash. This allows you to do one panel at a time and dry as you go, minimizing the possibility of water drying and spotting your paint.

C-If you have the ability, a normal two-bucket wash in a garage. This is the least expensive and easiest, as your car will remain cool and there won't be enough time for the water to dry.

Even if you use a touchless car wash, contaminants will still be left on your paint. On especially bad weeks I will run through it mid-week to get the majority of the crap off my car and to get the undercarriage sprayed well, and then pull off to the side and hit it with a spray detailer and some waffle-weave towels. You should still allot time for a two-bucket within your schedule. Just like everything else, it's a tool that can help if used correctly but not something to solely be relied on.
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You can handwash a car with hard water, you just have to know how.

Using the two-bucket system, get the car nice and soapy

When you rinse off, just use a hose on low pressure and let the water run off the paint. Don't "spray" the car. Rinsing with a spray causes more water spots than hard water alone.

If you've got a good coat of wax on the car already, this will be very easy. If you don't have wax on the car, this won't work as well. If the water isn't beading off of the car, then you need to actively dry the car with a non-abrasive towel or filtered electric hand dryer then clay bar the paint surface, polish, and wax. This will ensure that your next several washes will be effortless and flawless.
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Short of installing a water-softener or a filtration system of some sort, the water you have is pretty much what you have to deal with. There are a couple different ways you can deal with this-

A- Buy distilled water for your hand wash. It seems ridiculous and is most likely over-the-top for your needs, but is an option nonetheless.

B- Use a rinseless wash. This allows you to do one panel at a time and dry as you go, minimizing the possibility of water drying and spotting your paint.

C-If you have the ability, a normal two-bucket wash in a garage. This is the least expensive and easiest, as your car will remain cool and there won't be enough time for the water to dry.

Even if you use a touchless car wash, contaminants will still be left on your paint. On especially bad weeks I will run through it mid-week to get the majority of the crap off my car and to get the undercarriage sprayed well, and then pull off to the side and hit it with a spray detailer and some waffle-weave towels. You should still allot time for a two-bucket within your schedule. Just like everything else, it's a tool that can help if used correctly but not something to solely be relied on.
So basically if I don't let it dry on the car I should be ok.....a water softener or some sort of filtration system is on the future but not for a while and I wasn't planning on routing it to the outside spigots anyway, don't think that's normal....don't want to waste to filtered water say watering the lawn or something.....I supposed I could do one though......

Washing on the garage may be a little tough as there isn't a ton of room to get around in there..but it doable I suppose....

Silly question what a 2 bucket car wash? The way I usually do it is one bucket soapy water and go to town. wash a bit, rinse off, wash some more continue until done....top to bottom....

As for the touchless car washes I guess I was more concerned about damaging the car...I've always heard thing like tose place recycle the water and rush chips will scratch the car or the just find ways to scratch the car in general.....I guess I just always wondered if there was any truth behind that. I can see the regular ones swirling the paint and I'll definitely avoid those ones....
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http://www.adamspolishes.com/p-523-a...-wash-kit.aspx

This is a GREAT example of how to use a two-bucket wash system.
Plus Adam's products are top-notch if you're in the market for some car care stuff!
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What about the stuff for dishwashers? The adverts always show horror glassware and then using the produst the stuff is perfect. Well, if it works on glassware what about cars?

(i have no problem with hard water. so i never would need it)
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What about the stuff for dishwashers? The adverts always show horror glassware and then using the produst the stuff is perfect. Well, if it works on glassware what about cars?

(i have no problem with hard water. so i never would need it)
I actually do use it in my dishwasher and it does work, only problem is that is it runs out fast and it's kind of expensive....

Don't know what it would do on a car though....not sure I want to find out honestly lol
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Seems like some people have used Jet Dry on their cars with success, but you have to have a pressure washer with a reservoir that you can put the jet dry in and spraying the car with water will still create water droplets that you will need to remove yourself as letting it "air dry" or evaporate on it's own will allow dirt/dust/pollen/etc to collect in the water drops and create a bigger problem.
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If you get a lot of hard water, just wash your car late in the afternoon or early morning when its cool so that the heat won't cause etching. Be sure to dry it immediately with a damp cloth or a squeegee.

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