Discussion in 'Detailing, Valeting and Car care' started by hpr190v, Apr 9, 2018.
Apologies if this seems a dumb question but I'm quite a novice when it comes to this type of thing.
Just connects to your hose using standard connectors. The water needs to come out of the filter into another length of hose with no connector/gunnerc on the end, let the water just run out over the paintwork
I just use 2 decent microfibre drying towels.
Ive used a muguiars water magnet towel and that lasted me some time.
Apologies for resurrecting this
Reason being I am fed up with water marks and the suggestions here are great but I'm wondering what size DI vessel?
Is this OK https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DI-Press...969334?hash=item1cafc46a36:g:U5gAAOxydB1SnzZI
Or the pet blower suggested earlier in the thread?
Or a second hand leaf blower?
+1 Highly recommend the AF towel where needed with a DI Vessel.
A medium sized di vessel should last you a while but do get a TDS METER to test the water as you want it to read about 0.00 ppm ideally
Just after I bought my M3 I had it detailed and ceramic coated. As I was about to leave my car with the detailer I placed the cars manual on the boot. He pointed his finger at me and scolded ‘’All contact is bad contact’’. This is so true as its contact with the paintwork (poor washing and drying techniques) that causes swirls and scratches. I’ve always used a pet blower to chase the water off the car but a while ago bought a water filter. These are great for the final rinse after which you can go indoors and drink tea leaving the car to dry in the sun. As ‘Jacko 11’ says, do buy a TDS meter to monitor the condition of the filter medium.
Are there any cons with the air blowers other than price?
Buy the one I did from eBay price not an issue, pet blowers are around 50quid. No cons from using it for the last year.
I also use 0ppm DI vessel window cleaning filter for last stage so nice clean filtered water which means very minimal water spotting if you miss somewhere.
This is what i use and i can tell you the car is drier than dry after using that. No water marks and nothing touches the paint work to even remotely mark it!
I bought a pet blower but just didnt find it effective enough - I used mine which I got off ebay for 55 quid which was 2800w which in fairness is powerful but I don't think its powerful enough. Keeping in mind I used this within a 1-2 months of having my car fully detailed with exo and I just found it wasn't quick enough and by the time I got round half the car the other half dried too much.
Tempted to just get a large DI Vessel as even though I use the two bucket method very well I am just finding some marks creeping in and I think its from the drying with a towel.
I purchased the AutoFinesse towel and even though I pat dry the car and it soaks up well Id rather not now.
I have got to a stage where I almost don't want to wash the car incase I put more marks on it as silly as it sounds.
I have had my eye on this for the last month or so:
Might just take the plunge seen as winter is here and anything to get me indoors quicker the better!
Point it towards the ground once by mistake and the bits that hit your car will make you stop using it!
This is good. http://www.raceglaze.co.uk/race-glaze/400-litre-0ppm-car-washing-filter/
Just wish I’d bought one years ago. I’ve rinsed my M4 10 times now with this and the TDS meter still says 0ppm, backed up by the complete lack of marks on the paintwork!
Water filter and leaf blower....the best solution, you don't have to touch it
Can i have some details on the Vessel please
I'm also looking to purchase a DI vessel - found the site below were much cheaper and for a larger units too.
Thinking of actually going for the 25L version and mounting it to the wall, then just changing over to the hose for final rinse off.
Another vote for the woolly mammoth here. Had mine for about 7 years now and it's as good as the day I bought it. Holds an incredible amount of water. To give you an idea, at the weekend I washed the M3, and 2 other cars. It was proper cold so I managed to clean and rinse them all in one hit, then dry the lot in one go. The mammoth dried all 3 cars without needing to be wrung out, it weighed a tonne by the end. It works best if its a little damp before you start, otherwise it can take a while to absorb the first bits of water.
That said, it's never got the car perfectly streak free for me, it's strength is absorbing massive amounts of water very quickly. I keep a second microfibre for going over the car after the mammoth and a couple of minutes with that leaves it perfect. Drying the bodywork on the M3 generally takes just over 5 minutes using the 2.
Must look into water filters as every review I seen has rated them very highly. Does anyone know how long they are expected to last before needing replacement? At £64 the aqua gleam doesn't sound too expensive, but if it only lasted a few washes it would start to add up.
Excellent, I was wondering if a leaf blower would do the job. Never seen the point of these otherwise, why would I want to blow my leaves into my neighbours' gardens? They only blow them back. But drying my cars, excellent idea!
Also, thought I would mention, being with Thames Water who provide a diluted chalk solution, I had a new water softener fitted just recently and took the opportunity to have it connected to an outside tap. Not de-ionised, but bloody brilliant!
Quick Update -
I finally got round to purchasing the DI vessel in my earlier post last week and ended up getting the 25L version as it just seemed more cost effective and i had the space so made more sense for me.
It arrived on Thursday and got round to washing the M3 (and my mates Mini Cooper S) on Sunday. Washed the car as per normal routine and only used the filtered water on a hose (not jet wash i was advised) for the final rinse.
Well what can i say, how have i been washing cars for so long without one of these!! Absolutely no water marks left what so ever! Best cleaning product ever!
I always had an issue where by the time i would wash and rinse one side of the car it would dry and leave water marks before i had a chance to complete the other side. Add to this now the wheel also just dry perfectly, as having black wheels meant it used to be water spot city, so this was the icing on cake.
So anyone who is thinking about it, just get yourself one. You will never look back again.
How long or how many washes do you expect 25l to last?