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Old 08-17-2012, 07:43 PM   #1
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Washing with softened water?

Does anyone wash their Jeep or other vehicles with softened water from a salt-based water softener or other whole-house water treatment water?

Our water is super hard here and I hate washing my vehicle myself as there are invariably calcium spots that show up very quickly from my existing water so I was considering investing in a water softener or water treatment for the house and adding 1 external spicket I could use for washing the Jeep and our other vehicle.

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Old 08-17-2012, 08:13 PM   #2
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I use soft water to wash my jeep, but I always just wash by hand with a pail.Never noticed any problems after 3years. I prefer hot water and that is a no no with pressure washers.

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Soft water is fine and as you already know will cut down on spotting.
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if I am correct...when they tie into your main with the plumming for the water softener...your external spickots will be "conditioned" water...they installed 2 spickets for me with the installation that was "unconditioned"...so it should be the same for you...atleast a question u can ask! ~JC
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:33 PM   #5
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Done it for 13 years.... Just makes it easier to dry it spot free.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:33 PM   #6
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Try Optimum No Rinse Wash, just slop it on then wipe dry. No hose hassle and works great, water has no time to dry been very happy using it.

http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-no-rinse.html
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:38 PM   #7
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you'll find that using spot-free dish washing products can give u a nice shine...
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We have very hard water in our area, when we built our house my husband put a soft water hose bib on the side of the garage for me to wash my cars. I had a Laser Red Cougar and it showed every spot, the softened water made it much nicer to wash.

I have washed the Crush Jeep twice and it was in the sun as I did it yesterday with no spots. I dry the windows right away, and just work my way around.
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you'll find that using spot-free dish washing products can give u a nice shine...
Just don't use Dawn dish soap, it will strip all the wax off. It's what many detailer's use to prep the paint for their work.

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