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    Lightbulb Emulsified Water-No Spot Car Wash

    I just bought a new Jeep Liberty. Whenever I'm at the Chrysler dealer they will run my car thru their mini car wash before leaving. And it's simply amazing. It takes about a minute and you're good to go. No air dry-No hand dry. The water evaporates leaving no water spotting at all.

    They told me it's because they use "Emulsified Water" with no further explanation. Is the water just softened or what..? No car washes exist that use this specialty water product.

    So here's my idea: Mix up my own emulsified water and load into a pressure power wash/cleaner.

    I've had black cars before and know how quickly swirls happen especially at car washes that use brushes.

    What is in this water..how is it filtered....and can I duplicate it?

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    Haven't heard of "emulsified water" before -

    but wonder if they are using a soap/detergent kind of similar to the Mr. Clean stuff you can buy at the auto parts store, which is supposed to cause water to sheet off your car without towel drying, and without leaving spots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveW View Post
    Haven't heard of "emulsified water" before -

    but wonder if they are using a soap/detergent kind of similar to the Mr. Clean stuff you can buy at the auto parts store, which is supposed to cause water to sheet off your car without towel drying, and without leaving spots?
    Good catch Steve. The Mr. Clean requires soap and the reviews on that product are mixed. The emulsified wash is soapless.

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    The car wash I frequent has what they call a "spot-free rinse". They still blow dry the car, but it seems to work as there are no spots. I have no idea what makes this rinse spot free, but I'll inquire and report back if I can find out.

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    I'm not sure how the process works, but the guy who owns the car wash I go to said it takes two gallons of water input for each gallon that's output to the spot-free rinse.

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    Maybe they're running it through a reverse-osmosis membrane...no minerals or other contaminents in the water, nothing left in it to spot. Those filters don't have the greatest efficiency (in wasted water) - you end up thowing away a fair amount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Swart View Post
    The car wash I frequent has what they call a "spot-free rinse". They still blow dry the car, but it seems to work as there are no spots. I have no idea what makes this rinse spot free, but I'll inquire and report back if I can find out.
    I think I hit paydirt. It's a "New Wave" product called "Purclean": (can't post link-sorry)
    Looks partially proprietary. Too bad because it also looks like it's for commercial applications exclusively.

    "PurClean is the professional's choice for delivering a spot-free car wash, every time. The PurClean system utilizes the process of reverse osmosis to eliminate the mineral content in the water. Manufactured with only the finest quality components and our unique Patent Pending (Water Stabilizer™) pre-treatment system, the PurClean Spot-Free Rinse system addresses water hardness, operates efficiently and cost effectively while eliminating the need and upfront cost of a water softener as well as the ongoing expense of softener salt. The PurClean systems effective use of pure mineral-free water delivered to the vehicle as a final rinse allows the entire vehicle to dry perfectly spot-free eliminating the need to costly and time-consuming hand drying.

    With a variety of models to choose from, New Wave Industries has the right PurClean model to fit your vehicle washing needs. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff of engineers, project managers and technical assistants are available to assist you in selecting and sizing the perfect PurClean system for your specific vehicle washing application.

    PurClean is represented by a nation-wide network of factory trained / authorized distributors and service providers - Contact PurClean today for the authorized PurClean representative nearest to you."
    Last edited by Mike50; 02-22-2008 at 11:26 AM.

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    reverse osmosis purified water with a cleaner that evaporates added?

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