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Old 11-09-2017, 12:54 PM   #21
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This is worth a mention seeing as you're on the left side of the country so presumably get plenty of rain (especially in the winter!)

Rainwater is very soft so if you are able to collect it eg off the roof of your house, you can use it to wash the car down and avoid the need to dry the car since no water spotting.

I have a set up allowing me to use it through my pressure washer, but even if you just fill a good size watering can and use it to "sheet" water off the panels, you can safe yourself a lot of time and because you're not making contact with the panels, it eliminates risk of towel marring.
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Old 12-09-2017, 07:38 PM   #22
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Now that's what I call thinking outside the box,lol,
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:36 PM   #23
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Getting a DI vessel was the best purchase I've made. Bit of an outlay at about £130 pending on supplier and the type of resin used. (Tulson MB115). I can wash and rinse in full sun and get no spots, 18 months between refills of resin but that depends on how hard your water is in the area you live.

It's what mobile window cleaners use to get purified water, so looking at window cleaning suppliers is a good place to start.
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Old 16-09-2017, 04:30 PM   #25
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Rainwater re use for car washing etc...

Hi, I've just purchased these 2 and have now run a rainwater hose to the front of our house so I am able to connect my pressure washer to the water butt when I want. It's a chea**** solution.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/foam-water-...%20water%20gun

https://www.amazon.co.uk/151652-Heav.../dp/B01LWY1VO8
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If you where to collect rain water in some kind of water butt and run in a hose to suck it out which I could do with my k4,I'm thinking that although the water would be soft like steel ghost said,wouldn't it also be dirty ?
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If you where to collect rain water in some kind of water butt and run in a hose to suck it out which I could do with my k4,I'm thinking that although the water would be soft like steel ghost said,wouldn't it also be dirty ?
Muck in water tends to be the kind that either sinks to the bottom, or floats on top. The trick is to take the water from about 1/4 to 1/3 up your tank to avoid both kinds. That said, ideally you use one tank to catch the runoff water in and then have a second that you use to supply your machine or hosepipe, effectively "gravity filtration".

I've found the water to be fine, unfortunately my tanks are in sun much of the day in the summer and this can promote a slight green tinge to the water as a little algae grows in the water. Doesn't do any harm to the pressure washer or car that I've noticed (and I've been using this setup for a few years now).
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It's an interesting concept,and a very green type of concept i.e. Recycling the rain water etc,however I've been doing a lot of internet research and I'm going to purchase a di vessel with some resin,as it seems that this is the way to go with a black car,I never knew that such a thing existed so I've learned a lot from this great post,it's been a great and interesting journey and thanks to all for the great input
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I have a filter but stopped using it once i discovered Blue Rinse back in 2014 its from Angel Wax down past the Braehead shops near glasgow airport. I wash the car keep it wet on all panels then mist Blue rinse on . In the time it tales to put the PW away i then flat rinse the product off and no water marks and very little drying.
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:21 PM   #30
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I have used drying towels , filters , blowers in the past. I found the neighbours thought you were a bit off div drying a car with it and now just use a filter and pat dry using one of the big green auto finesse towels.
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