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    Hardware store? Deionised and distilled are basically the same for this situation. It's used in automotive batteries and for steam irons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2icebitn View Post
    Brand doesn't matter. Many companies sell "paint thinner". That's what I was talking about. Usually best to assume the obvious.
    Yes they do, but chemically they are not all the same. "Paint Thinner" best describes what it does, not what it is.

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    Often deionised water is sold as
    "Iron water" in many stores for using in domestic irons for ironing clothes. If tap water is used in clothing irons, the salts in it block up the fine steam holes in the iron.
    One other way to get clean water is to collect rain water (if you live in a relatively non polluted environment). Or you can evaporate water and collect the steam on a condenser and get pure water that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madrobby View Post
    Possibly a stupid question, but does distilled water fall under the ďdeionized waterĒ category? If not, where do you get deionized water?
    Deionized water is water that has been run through charged plastic beads that removes any ions (charged particles).
    Distilled water is very common and it is just water that has been boiled into steam and then condensed (kills bacteria and leaved impurities in the boiler).

    My water comes from a lake so it doesn't have calcium and other minerals you would find in hard water (water pumped from the ground that passes through rock formations). Hard water will leave a film of material after it dries and sucks for cleaning circuit boards.

    There is also RO water (reverse osmosis) which is basically water under pressure that goes into a special plastic membrane with tiny holes that will let water through but not minerals (works best with room temperature tap water since the membrane holes will shrink or grow depending on the temperature). Those water purifiers you hook up to the sink faucet end work that way.
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