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Old 06-25-2011, 01:00 PM   #1
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How to make a filtered carwash setup!

I made this because I was tired of having the little spots appear on my black mustang I can get them off easily but I feel that if the water is more pure to begin with it would reduce the spots and filter out sediment,rust, silt, and whatever else that is in tap water that makes it bad. The total cost for me was 33.90. I got the dupont house water filter for 25.00 at wallmart. I got the fittings at lowes (2) 3/4 x3/4 male adapter for 1.97 a piece. And (2) 7/16 TO 9/32 steel hose clamps for about 2.50. I put some teflon tape on the brass fittings. I then hooked it all up. You can also change the filter for a better one. Some come with brackets so you could mount it beside the faucet but I chose to mount mine at the other end cause people tend to break and mess with stuff at my house.
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Re: How to make a filtered carwash setup!

Interesting idea and it really works in eliminating the white water spots?
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That how the water spots get there? I just though that like the dirt never gets completely off the car and just gets moved around in the water droplets then when the water dries up the dirt is left. That's a cool idea!
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I need to make some adjustments it worked good but I didn't have enough water pressure so I'm going to try a smaller filter.
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The tiny water beads actually intensify the sunlight. If you use the sheeting method when rinsing the car it is so much easier to dry and leaves less water spots also.
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The tiny water beads actually intensify the sunlight. If you use the sheeting method when rinsing the car it is so much easier to dry and leaves less water spots also.
Sheeting method?
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When rinsing off the car take off the nozzle and let the water run the soap of the car. No spraying just running water like it comes out of the sink. Hold it close so there is no splash. You you see how the water sheets off instead of leaving a ton of water beads which make it harder to wipe dry. If you do this properly you will see instant results in how fast and easy it is to dry.
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When rinsing off the car take off the nozzle and let the water run the soap of the car. No spraying just running water like it comes out of the sink. Hold it close so there is no splash. You you see how the water sheets off instead of leaving a ton of water beads which make it harder to wipe dry. If you do this properly you will see instant results in how fast and easy it is to dry.
man i wish i knew this when i still rinsed my car. now its just rinseless car wash for me lol so much easier
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When rinsing off the car take off the nozzle and let the water run the soap of the car. No spraying just running water like it comes out of the sink. Hold it close so there is no splash. You you see how the water sheets off instead of leaving a ton of water beads which make it harder to wipe dry. If you do this properly you will see instant results in how fast and easy it is to dry.
Ok cool im going to try that... I'm sick of spending 3hrs cleaning my darn car. I love black but it's becoming a pain to keep clean
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Re: How to make a filtered carwash setup!

I still believe in my leaf blower drying method. Sheet the car for a final rinse and hit with the leaf blower and no more water spots for me.
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Re: How to make a filtered carwash setup!

True, leaf blower works great also but sometimes you have to clean up a little with a microfiber or chamois afterwards.
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When rinsing off the car take off the nozzle and let the water run the soap of the car. No spraying just running water like it comes out of the sink. Hold it close so there is no splash. You you see how the water sheets off instead of leaving a ton of water beads which make it harder to wipe dry. If you do this properly you will see instant results in how fast and easy it is to dry.
Thanks for the advice. I'm going to give this a try tomorrow!
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Thanks for the advice. I'm going to give this a try tomorrow!

Just remember,if you have a black car don't wash it the direct sunlight. Do it in the shade or wait till the sun goes down.
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Just remember,if you have a black car don't wash it the direct sunlight. Do it in the shade or wait till the sun goes down.
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Thanks! Black is the worst color to keep clean. We have a gravel driveway so that doesn't help at all.
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Thanks for the info! Black looks so good when it's clean by easily look like the worst color when it's not. Defiantly going to have to try the sheeting method next time
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So what's the status on the new filter a water pressure?
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Haven't been able to look for a new filter yet I'm thinking maybe a fridge filter May work? And yes you need to wash all cars in the shade and when the paint is not hot especially for dark colors. Wipe it off in the sun so you can see what you May have missed.
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Absolutely do not wipe it off in the sun. This will cause the water to dry faster and cause even more hard water spots.....thats a BIG no no.
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Yeah I typed that wrong I meant for when your done drying if you move it in the sun you can see what you May have missed an quickly fix it. And of course wax when the paint is cool as possible.
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And make sure you have quality microfiber or waffle weave drying towels
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Sheeting method?
To clarify a bit, always better to "SEE" the technique.




You can also make yourself a appox. 6" length of hose with a few fittings from the hardware store that you can swap easily using something like a quick connect setup:


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I still believe in my leaf blower drying method. Sheet the car for a final rinse and hit with the leaf blower and no more water spots for me.
the problem with leaf blowers is the air is not filtered, so you could technically pick up debris and shoot them at 200mph at the car~ not a huge issue but you can buy blowers designed just for drying cars, just expensive
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the problem with leaf blowers is the air is not filtered, so you could technically pick up debris and shoot them at 200mph at the car~ not a huge issue but you can buy blowers designed just for drying cars, just expensive
You hit more debri driving your car than a leaf blower will throw at it
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the problem with leaf blowers is the air is not filtered, so you could technically pick up debris and shoot them at 200mph at the car~ not a huge issue but you can buy blowers designed just for drying cars, just expensive
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You hit more debri driving your car than a leaf blower will this at it
True, but that doesn't make it right. Your car is exposed to high temps and UV rays anytime its outside driving... doesn't mean you should use a heat lamp and a UV gun to dry it when its in the garage.

Part of paint correction, protection, and preservation is using best practices... that doesn't mean you can't use a leaf blower, it just adds another level of protection for your finish to use a filtered system.

While drying a lot of debris will be stirred up (unless your garage is a hermetically sealed lab of some sort) by the air movement generated... that debris is then easily sucked into the intake and propelled at high speed right back at the car. Odds are most stuff won't do any damage, but you get a substantial enough sized particle going 200+ at your paint theres a chance of damage.

Also, many dedicated car dryers like the Blaster Sidekick and Master Blaster heat the air up to 60* above ambient which helps a lot with drying... not to mention welcome relief for your hands if you have to wash when its cold outside.
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I still believe in my leaf blower drying method. Sheet the car for a final rinse and hit with the leaf blower and no more water spots for me.
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Re: How to make a filtered carwash setup!

Back on topic... good job to the OP on building his own.

This kind of setup will dramatically reduce the minerals, sediment, and other things in your water and reduce the chances of water spots. If you live in an area with REALLY hard well water then you might need something a little more robust to make an impact, but for most people an inline filter like this is (relatively) inexpensive and easy to do with a large improvement for your wash water quality.

If you go big $$$ and get yourself a DI water system you can literally rinse a car in full sun not touch the finish and it will dry spot free. They're just not cheap.
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When rinsing off the car take off the nozzle and let the water run the soap of the car. No spraying just running water like it comes out of the sink. Hold it close so there is no splash. You you see how the water sheets off instead of leaving a ton of water beads which make it harder to wipe dry. If you do this properly you will see instant results in how fast and easy it is to dry.
Awesome I will do this. I still have my Adam's sample kit and wanted to break them out today but we are finally getting rain... Can't complain.
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there are sediment filters and hard water filters, I wonder if you can buy one of each at <home improvement store> etc and run them together~
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there are sediment filters and hard water filters, I wonder if you can buy one of each at <home improvement store> etc and run them together~
It can be done... problem is the drop in pressure. I've been working on outfitting my garage exactly how I want ever since moving in about a year ago. Storage and work spaces are all setup, next is electrical and lighting, then I'm gonna play with filtering systems.... I'm thinking a multi-stage filter with a recirculating pump would probably get the job done.

I've run pumps like that before, my last house the garage was detached, but thats where the water heater was, so to get hot water took forever at the far ends of the house. The pump ran on a timer and would circulate hot water first thing in the morning and in the evening so we'd have hot water for showering.

Wouldn't have to be really powerful, just enough to compensate for the pressure lost going thru the multiple filters.
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If your incoming water lines to your house are easily accessible its pretty simple to install a filtering setup for your entire house. Not to expensive either.
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