Sleepyk Posted October 17, 2006 Share Posted October 17, 2006 A few weeks ago, I purchased an in-line water softener for use in washing my IS. We have really hard water in my area, and I've had some instances of spotting (especially the time when I took too long using the blower). I also had difficulty getting and keeping good suds, despite using a very good car soap. So, I hit on the idea of searching the web for a small water softener that would work for washing the car. Clearly I'm not the first person to think of this, because before long, I found such a filter that was specifically designed for use with garden hoses. I don't know what genius decided that garden hose thread needed to be different than coarse pipe thread, but it is. Anyway, this is what I got via the mail... http://www.pwgazette.com/gardenhosefilters.htm http://www.pwgazette.com/softeningcartridge.htm Does it work? Yes, it does. Its darn easy to install, and it worked pretty well. The difference was instant, and very obvious. The suds in my wash bucket were almost out of control (a welcomed change, and an indication of just how much concentrate I was having to use before). Even the wheel cleaner was sudsing up, which I didn't know it was supposed to do. When it came to drying, the car dried pretty much like it always did, except this time, no spots. Is it worth the $50? For me it was (alleviating the frustraation of water spots no matter how careful I was is worth more that that). I don't know how long the cartridge will last before needing a re-charge, but it seems easy enough, and cheap to boot. This may not be for everyone, especially if you have good water. It isn't a panecea, and won't make your car dry itself like that Mr.Clean thing is supposed to, but if you've got hard water, it might be worth looking in to. Disclaimer - I'm not affiliated with the people what made this product. There may be better and/or cheaper products out there, I'm just relating my personal experience with this one. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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