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Old Wed, Oct-20-2004, 12:39:53 AM   #1
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I live out in the countryside where my neighbor is a dairy farm. The water that I use in this house I'm renting is well water. Should I be concerned if I wash my car with well water? I've been washing my truck for over a year here and havent had any problems.

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Yes. Be concerned. Iron (will also advance corrosion), maganese, and other minerals will all impact your finish over time. Try using the Mr. Clean car wash system. It will take out some (not all) of the impurities that cause mineral deposits as water droplets dry. Well water will especially impact the car's glass. Better yet, an in-line water filtration system to at least get that hard water soft. Home Depot and Lowes carry a gadget you can hook up to your outside spiggot. Last option: Move to the city son, kin folk want to see that fancy car glimmerin' after its bath in real pond water. Hope that helps.
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LoL... Thanks for the tips... I may just wash my car at work where the water is from the city.

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Yes. Be concerned. Iron (will also advance corrosion), maganese, and other minerals will all impact your finish over time. Try using the Mr. Clean car wash system. It will take out some (not all) of the impurities that cause mineral deposits as water droplets dry. Well water will especially impact the car's glass. Better yet, an in-line water filtration system to at least get that hard water soft. Home Depot and Lowes carry a gadget you can hook up to your outside spiggot. Last option: Move to the city son, kin folk want to see that fancy car glimmerin' after its bath in real pond water. Hope that helps.

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If well water is the only option you have, try to keep these things in mind:

1) Wash the car in a cool shaded place, the sun will quickly bake on the minerals in the water and leave some very hard to remove water spots.

2) Dry the car quckly, get your best waffle weaves and microfibers and start removing water, and remove it fast. This will decrease the chance of the minerals contaminating/drying onto the paint.

3) Clay afterwords preferably.

4) Use a mild chemical cleaner/oxidation remover (i.e Meguiars Premium paint cleaner, or Klasse AIO), the follow with you normal polishing/waxing steps to finish it all off.



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Thank you for your feedback... I wont let my well water touch my car.

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To add to what BaDmOtheR had to say, use a 240 MPH (+/- a few MPH) leaf blower (I prefer gas powered) to work wonders on drying the car, saves on washing those MF towels, and leaves one hand free for a beer to rest in. Not rocket science (close), but it's very, very effective.
Don't forget to lubricate (I think it's 32 parts water, 1 part Dawn) while you claybar and don't rub, slide it across the paint like a hockey puck on ice and keep it well lubricated. It should be just that easy. If you drop the claybar on the ground . . . file 13 it and get a new piece.
The Klasse one-step is awesome. I ordered some P21S carnuba to use as the topcoat. I'm experimenting with waxes and polishes right now. I've used Zaino and was impressed, but the Klasse is specifically designed for German paints (softer) by Germans and works better IMO. The durability of the combinations is also going to be effected by the environment in which you live regardless of manufacturers promises. If I factored every nuance in on how to keep every swirl mark out I would run out of time, I'll be taking a dirt nap sooner than achieving that one. Also pro detail once or twice a year and I think you will be a happy guy.
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