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Old 05-14-2012, 09:47 AM   #1
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Water Softener

Hey guys, I am sure there is a thread somewhere for this. Anywho, where can I get a water softener for my outdoor spicket? I saw some online but I am not sure those are the ones I am looking for as they are around 700 and up. I was curious if any of you had a suggestion.
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:51 AM   #2
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Try ohiopurewater.com I have been doing business with them for several years.
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:02 AM   #3
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Hey guys, I am sure there is a thread somewhere for this. Anywho, where can I get a water softener for my outdoor spicket? I saw some online but I am not sure those are the ones I am looking for as they are around 700 and up. I was curious if any of you had a suggestion.
The ones costing more are not water softeners but rather Water De-Ionizers. Big difference. Water softeners work by replacing the calcium and magnesium ions with sodium (salt) ions, so you still have some material in the water.

Water De-Ionizers, such as the CR Spotless, will product 100% spot-free rinsing, even if you don't dry at all. We carry their complete line here: CR Spotless Systems

We are currently adding an inline water softening system to our store (should be up in a couple of days). It can come in a 1 stage or 2 stage system (price will be between 95 and 145 depending on whether you get a 1 stage or 2 stage system.

With this system you still have to towel dry the car but the chance of creating any water spots or water film are almost nil.
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:04 AM   #4
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Water De-Ionizers, such as the CR Spotless, will product 100% spot-free rinsing, even if you don't dry at all. We carry their complete line here: CR Spotless Systems
Holy ouch on the price.
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:15 AM   #5
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Holy ouch on the price.
We sell a lot of them and people love them, but is why we are bringing in the water softener packages for a more cost effective water solution.
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:56 PM   #6
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It looks like water softener resin.
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:36 PM   #7
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I have been wanted one of the CR systems for awhile now but just couldn't justify it now where I live bacuase of the price. But I like the sound of the inline filter.
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:43 PM   #8
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I have been wanted one of the CR systems for awhile now but just couldn't justify it now where I live bacuase of the price. But I like the sound of the inline filter.
I'll update this thread as soon as we have it in stock!
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:03 AM   #9
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Subscribed. My water is harder then concrete. I need somethin for a reasonable price.
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:18 AM   #10
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Hey Todd I have a question. I found this http://www.watersticks.com/sd.htm which basically looks like an inline filter. Does this resemble what you will have in stock? Also with a water filter do you have to use the filtered water for everything invloved in the carwash process? Or can you just save the filtered water for the end rinse?
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Old 05-17-2012, 02:16 AM   #11
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May want to check this out. I got it mostly for the sediment part of it, but it seems to work well for me..

Deluxe Clean Water Filter Kit
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:17 AM   #12
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My daughter bought me the Mr. Clean car wash system last year for my birth day. At first I thought it was a fun kid gift but when I tried it out I loved it! The best part is the rinse feature it filters the minerals some how out of the water leaving absolutely no water spots. I found the kits on sale at a local discount store for two dollars each and lets say I know have a lifetime supply. I now use Adams for washing but use the Mr. Clean gun to rinse. It works great leaving a perfect shine.

http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Clean-AutoD...=pd_sbs_misc_4
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:10 AM   #13
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May want to check this out. I got it mostly for the sediment part of it, but it seems to work well for me..

Deluxe Clean Water Filter Kit
looks like parts avail at home depot
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:26 AM   #14
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The Mr Clean kits worked pretty well from what I've head, but I believe they have been discontinued.
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:27 AM   #15
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The Mr Clean kits worked pretty well from what I've head, but I believe they have been discontinued.
I thought it worked pretty good, but it was the filter or some gel cartridge or something that I had to replace after 1 or two washes so it got expensive. used it a long time ago
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That's not good, but looking at your sig block, I see you live in New Orleans and there's probably more minerals in your water than in my area.
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:07 AM   #17
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looks like parts avail at home depot
Possible, I never really looked, of course I wouldn't have known what to look for LOL... It's all good though...
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:25 PM   #18
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Clear Water Kit

The kit is now available @ Autopia-CarCare.com
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Hey Todd I have a question. I found this http://www.watersticks.com/sd.htm which basically looks like an inline filter. Does this resemble what you will have in stock? Also with a water filter do you have to use the filtered water for everything invloved in the carwash process? Or can you just save the filtered water for the end rinse?
I just posted what we have in stock.

For best results you could use the filtered water for every part of the process. Your car soap will lather better and rinse freer. If you are trying to conserve the life of the resin in the water softener then you could just use it for the final rinse (make sure to flood as much water off as possible).
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:53 PM   #20
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If you're trying to avoid waterspots... I use Adams shampoo and detail spray... we had well water that is very hard and never a spot on my car... also keeps working even after rain no waterspots. AWESOME stuff
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This will take my TDS to close to Zero? No more water spots or is this different then the more expensive system by the other brand(CR )?
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Forgot to ask, are there mounting brackets to mount it?
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This will take my TDS to close to Zero? No more water spots or is this different then the more expensive system by the other brand(CR )?
It will eliminate magnesium and calcium based spots, but you might get some very light 'sodium' based spots that wipe away easily and will not damage paint. If you dry the paint as normal (with a soft waffle weave) you will have no problems.

If you leave the paint wet and let it air dry then any sodium based spots will clean up easily and will not etch.

We also sell the CR Spotless, and while it is a more expensive option, it will leave the paint spot free.
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is there enough flow capability for the CR 100 to use to foam gun the car and rinse or will it only work as a rinse. Lastly for any of the systems, will it reduce the pressure coming out?

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Todd, i tried to call, but u guys must be closed. Wanted to place order for the kit, plus some other stuff but noticed your local competitor auto geek has free shipping. How can i get a hold of u to place the order today?
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