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Old 03-24-2004, 03:13 PM   #1
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Ok, who has tried the Mr. Clean thingy

that they keep advertising on tv...attachment for the end of your garden hose that contains special soap and water conditioning filter, that allegedly prevents water spots when you wash your car (and presumably, your Airstream! )? they say you can let your vehicle air-dry with no spotting. does it work? is it worth the 20-something bucks?
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Old 03-24-2004, 03:24 PM   #2
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Chuck,

I bit. Got one and tried it with my car. It didn't quite work the way it does in their commercial. At least the drying part didn't. It IS a nice way to wash your vehicle, however. I'm holding out hope that it may be weather related as it was pretty cool the times I've used it. I'll be using it again tomorrow.

Whether it dries or not, I'll keep using it to wash the vehicles.

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I was interested, but I also felt it sounded too good to be true. I'd be very interested in what you find as the weather changes.
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Mr. Clean Auto Dry

Some of the guys over at TheDieselStop.com have reported good results with the product.
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Old 03-31-2004, 09:44 PM   #6
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Ok, this weekend I washed my car (black) with the Mr. Clean Auto Dry and let it dry on it's own after rinsing. First, it took an hour and a half to be MOSTLY dry before I gave in and finished it with a chamois. The temperature was 72 and it was overcast. I will never do that again. It left numerous water spots that are really obvious - especially on black. Overall, just using it to wash your vehicle, it's pretty useful. But don't count on not having to dry your vehicle by hand.

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Hey, we tried it!! We've got a 2004 Ford F-250 diesel and a 2003 PT Cruiser - both a dark blue. It worked GREAT!!
The first time on the truck wasn't as good, but the second time it was FANTASTIC. I guess the secret is to really rinse it well with the filtered water. The second time we used it on both vehicles, it was amazing. We didn't have to touch it with a chamois, towel, or anything. The vehicle, the windows, chrome, everything was shiny and spot free. I think it's wonderful.
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Hmmm...varying results, I guess, eh? I wonder if the quality of the water at your house has to do with it...if its "not THAT bad" to begin with, perhaps the boost you get from this device is adequate. but if you start out w/ really poor quality water (hardness/calcium/mineral content), its not enough.

I was just thinking that if it works as advertised, it might be a boon to the folks w/ the polished trailers, who report that the water-spotting problem is a big pita, and that the spots "really stick out". (that oughtta teach 'em to put all that work into polishing! ). But then again, I guess those folks are gluttons for punishment, anyway
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OK .. I went to Wally World and purchased one of these Mr. Clean kits .... and it works for me.

Did the AS first .... it was really dusty .... after I was all done I noticed I missed a spot up by the big awning ... the area actually looked a bit oxidized when compared to the rest of the trailer.

Then I did my white truck .... which was actually starting to look tan ... amazing results.

We've been out on the road for a a couple of weeks .. and the AS is starting to look a bit ratty .... so I'll give it another treatment when I get back to the house.

The only problem I see is when I'm out fulltiming and looking for a place where I can do a wash job with my Mr. Clean.

I'm sold.
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Hmmm...varying results, I guess, eh? I wonder if the quality of the water at your house has to do with it...if its "not THAT bad" to begin with, perhaps the boost you get from this device is adequate. but if you start out w/ really poor quality water (hardness/calcium/mineral content), its not enough.

I was just thinking that if it works as advertised, it might be a boon to the folks w/ the polished trailers, who report that the water-spotting problem is a big pita, and that the spots "really stick out". (that oughtta teach 'em to put all that work into polishing! ). But then again, I guess those folks are gluttons for punishment, anyway
Chuck,
Is this the product that, was reported to have a built-in water filter?
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yes. some special soap, plus a filter.
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Expensive Filters

The filters would probably last for one midsize to large Airstream, or 2-3 "real" good car washes. The instructions call for filter replacement as soon as spotting occurs.
I found the replacement Filters at over $ 5.00 too expensive in the long run and put the thing back on the shelf.
Instead, I am going to look into the water treatments that detailers and car lots use. I do think that soft water is a big time saver, especially when washing the Airstream.
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The filters would probably last for one midsize to large Airstream, or 2-3 "real" good car washes. The instructions call for filter replacement as soon as spotting occurs.
I would say that filter life depends upon the quality of water being filtered and the amount being used.

So far, I have washed my 34' and my F-350 Crew Cab ... some pretty large items ... and my filter is still good. My directions say to replace the filter when it starts to turn color (brown) ... and it hasn't done that yet .. it is still blue.
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Hey, one thing comes to mind....I know that Jack did a whole bunch of research on the subject of safe cleaners for the Airstream finish.

Jack found that Armor All cleaner had the least nasty stuff in it that some other cleaners had that ***could *** possib react with the special Alcoa finishes.

Now I am not saying that the Mr. Clean is bad, nor am I trying to say the sky is falling, but I am saying that I'd be careful what you put on your Airstream to clean it as it is a FAR different type of finish than a car.

In concept I think the Mr. Clean is a good idea, but I'd really look long and hard at what may or may not be in the product before applying it to a new (very expensive) coach. Just my .02

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