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Offline golfhappy

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Re: What detailing have you done today?
« Reply #440 on: 24 March 2016, 14:17 »
Chamois hasn't been used yet. Thanks for the tip. I even swithered about a drying towel, back to the drawing board me thinks.  :smiley:
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Re: What detailing have you done today?
« Reply #441 on: 24 March 2016, 16:38 »
Chamois hasn't been used yet. Thanks for the tip. I even swithered about a drying towel, back to the drawing board me thinks.  :smiley:

Phew!  That was a close shave. Step away from the chamois and go get a drying towel.   :smiley:
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Re: What detailing have you done today?
« Reply #442 on: 24 March 2016, 17:14 »
Dave, your thing about making an attachment to save you turning off the tap may sound ridiculous, but I have been meaning to do the exact same thing! Great minds obviously think alike :whistle:
Every second counts :laugh:

here's what I made...



Simple but a good time-saver!
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Re: What detailing have you done today?
« Reply #443 on: 24 March 2016, 17:19 »
Dave, your thing about making an attachment to save you turning off the tap may sound ridiculous, but I have been meaning to do the exact same thing! Great minds obviously think alike :whistle:
Every second counts :laugh:

here's what I made...



Simple but a good time-saver!

That's a really good solution.  I normally step on the hose or kink it to temporarily stop the wate flow but this looks a great solution.
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Re: What detailing have you done today?
« Reply #444 on: 24 March 2016, 17:28 »
That's a really good solution.  I normally step on the hose or kink it to temporarily stop the wate flow but this looks a great solution.

I've got one of those stop connectors on the end of my hose so just unplug it from the pressure washer and plug this on the end without having to go and turn the tap off :cool:
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Re: What detailing have you done today?
« Reply #445 on: 24 March 2016, 18:48 »
That's a really good solution.  I normally step on the hose or kink it to temporarily stop the wate flow but this looks a great solution.

I've got one of those stop connectors on the end of my hose so just unplug it from the pressure washer and plug this on the end without having to go and turn the tap off :cool:
Made one similar to that yesterday Dave, works a treat.
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Re: What detailing have you done today?
« Reply #446 on: 24 March 2016, 19:10 »
I've got one of those stop connectors on the end of my hose so just unplug it from the pressure washer and plug this on the end without having to go and turn the tap off :cool:

Yeah I have a stop connector too, so just interrupt the water flow and quickly unscrew it, but this is better way.

Kinking the hose indeed Mrs B :laugh:

It's done the job for years.  :wink:
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Re: What detailing have you done today?
« Reply #447 on: 24 March 2016, 23:30 »
I've got one of these on the last foot of my hose and its a godsend  :grin:
It doesn't seem like much having to walk back to the tap to turn it off  but it soon adds up.

Put hose in power washer.
Go back and turn the water on.
Use the power washer.
Go back and turn the water off
Come back to power washer and remove the hose, put spray head on.
Go back and turn the water back on.
Go back and use the hose
Drove me mad  :grin:

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Re: What detailing have you done today?
« Reply #448 on: 25 March 2016, 08:00 »
excuse my ignorance but whats this disconnecting the hose from pressure washer all about?

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Re: What detailing have you done today?
« Reply #449 on: 25 March 2016, 10:41 »
excuse my ignorance but whats this disconnecting the hose from pressure washer all about?

Two main reasons.  After washing the car, the final rinse should be done with an open ended hose rather than a spray (jet washer or hose spray head).  So you need to disconnect the hose from the pressure washer, and remove the stop connecter (if using one) to get a non spray flow of water from the hose.

The reasons the final rinse should be with an open ended hose is, working from the top of the car down, open ended rinsing allows the water to 'sheet' off the car, thus reducing the amount of standing water left on the car so that

1) less water to dry of with a MF towel - which reduces the need for towel contact and,

2) less standing water reduces the risk of water spots forming. 

Water spots not an issue if you have very soft water or use a water filter attached to your hose (as I do) but for those in hard water areas without a filter, if there is a lot of water left on the car after the rinse, water spots can form very quickly, (quicker than you can get round with a drying towel) especially if the car is in the sun, and they can be very, very difficult to remove, sometimes having to be polished out with a DA.  Using a spray-on rinse aid at the final rinse can help, but the best way to leave the minimum water on the car is an open ended hose rinse.  A final rinse with a spray or pressure washer lance leaves lots of water droplets on the car, each one a potential future water spot!  There are products to remove water spots such as CarPro Eraser but their effectiveness is questionable so best to avoid getting water spots in the first place.

Equally important - less standing water on the car after rinsing equals less towel drying which means less 'contact' with the paintwork, so less risk of swirls and marring.

That's the full on  OCD reason that disconnecting the hose from the PW is important.  Bet you wish you'd never asked.  :grin:
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