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Has anyone found a reasonable priced water filter to hook up to the hose for washing the car? Looking for a way to combat water spots from using Well water.

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Yes! CR makes water deionizing filters in two car-wash sized models: The DI-120 is more than sufficient for most water supplies, especially if you run a prefilter. I use two in-line prefilters to preserve the resin in the DI filter cartridges.

The DI-120 is available through Amazon for $249.99 and free shipping. I use the Camco 40043 TastePURE filter with flexible lead connected directly to the faucet. I then have a Pre-Fresh Garden Hose End Water Filter in-line before my DI unit. The prefilters are cheap and a breeze to change and extend the life your deionizer.

The Camco is $15.57 and fulfilled by Amazon Prime and the Pre-Fresh filter is $29.95 from Amazon (not a Prime item yet).


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Here is a picture of the CR deionizing system. You can see one of my in-line prefilters in the background.

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My first prefilter comes with a flexible dongle so it can connect directly to your faucet:

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That is my pre-prefilter. The largest contaminants are taken out by my in-line prefilters so, by the time the water reaches my deionizer unit, it's total dissolved solids have already been reduced to about 20 ppm. My CR Deionizing System then reduces the water to 00.00 ppm. After about two dozen washes, I am only up to 00.02 ppm.

I've been using this system for years and will never go back.


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Raydor,

Thank you for the info and pics. I will be checking this out for sure!! Seems like the filter system is pretty easy set up too.

Thanks Again!!

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Yes it is! I forgot to mention, it is the water equivalent of plug-and-play. The CR DI–120 even comes with a metal braided lead hose on the high-pressure side. No assembly required; just screw the lead onto your faucet and your water hose onto the standard threaded outlet.

I highly recommend using the Camco prefilter on well water. It costs only $15.57 from Amazon, is a Prime item and, with the included flexible dongle, easily fits in-line between the metal lead hose and your faucet. It will preserve your expensive filter media in your deionizer and is 10 times easier to change.


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One more thing… The awesomeness of the prefilter is that changing it frequently will not only preserve your Deionizer Resin, but your old ones can be moved to your garden hoses. Now you're watering your lawn and garden with filtered water! They remain effective enough for this long after they become too dirty for spotless car washing (around 20 ppm).


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Just ordered everything from Amazon. Will be lock and loaded when the new C7 arrives next month... Your help is much appreciated!!

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Do you use a deionizer/softener when car washing? If so, do you use it for the rinse step only? The unit I bought recommends washing with regular tap then rinse only with softened water. I know the recommendation is primarily due to cost. In your experience, is using it only for the rinse cycle only really good enough?
 

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Do you use a deionizer/softener when car washing? If so, do you use it for the rinse step only? The unit I bought recommends washing with regular tap then rinse only with softened water. I know the recommendation is primarily due to cost. In your experience, is using it only for the rinse cycle only really good enough?
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You might try sending a Conversation (PM) to either or both of these members. The original poster hasn't been active since 2019 and the other last time 2015.
I posted not expecting to get original people to respond. Just trying to get it to the top of the stack of "what's new" without starting a new thread. Maybe some of today's active members have some input?
 

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I use a CR Spotless system when I wash my car. I use it for both the wash and rinse process. Having said that, it's very easy to setup a valved "quick" bypass route. That would help the filter expiration some...not a lot if you don't just let the nozzle run for no reason on both processes. I have used their cartridge replacement feature. Very easy...not cheap.

Full disclosure: I only actually "wash" my car a few times a year. Generally, I just wipe it down with a waterless wash.

Lastly, I justified with my wife the purchase of the CR Spotless by stating how great it work for washing the windows on the house (and it does). lol!
 

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It is possible that the soap works better with regular (non-softened) water... i recall when we had one long ago that was the case. Also, seems a waste to use it on the soap cycle... your adding chemicals, etc to the water at that point. My understanding is using these systems to rinse the car removes impurities that cause water spots, etc which is the main point. Unless you have well water and then thats a whole different discussion ;)
 

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As long as you don't let regular water dry on the surface, you can use that. The key is to use the filtered water when the car is getting ready to dry.
 
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