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Old 06-28-2014, 11:09 PM
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Need water spots off

So I left on a business meeting for about a week and they were watering the grass, but along with that, my car got it too, so it dried and now I have these annoying ass water spots that I can't get off, any suggestions, preferably a method that doesn't involve having to buy some kit.
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Old 06-28-2014, 11:48 PM
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Take it to your local car wash or local bodyshop and ask them to buff the car, that should take care of those water spots and do it ASP because if you leave them there for a long time there going to be even harder to remove

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Old 06-29-2014, 12:41 AM
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Wow sounds like we have the same problem.
I was gone for 7 days and our stupid sprinkler system likes to water my car more than the grass. Well it left some harsh water spots too :/
I wash and detail my car myself and I've gotten them off before without having it buffed but I had to wash her every other day and stuck to it they eventually came off BUT.... This time I'm having a hard time doing it. I think I need to get it buffed out.

But I went on ahead and saved myself all the pain an effort and bought a car cover. It helps so much and a plus I don't have to wash her too often. The cover keeps her pretty clean for a few more days

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Old 06-29-2014, 01:44 AM
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Good, but make sure your car cover is not too wet while is on the car, or if is going to rain make sure you remove the cover, under any circumstances you want a wet car cover on yout car, trust me we had so many customers come in into the shop for a complete paint job due to leaving wet car cover for too long. The moisture trap inside will eventually damage your clear coat.

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Old 06-29-2014, 08:57 AM
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Guys, I'm going to move this to the detailing forum where you might get more feedback on these types of issues.
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:57 AM
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Guys, I'm going to move this to the detailing forum where you might get more feedback on these types of issues.
It is hard to determine what needs to be done unless you see the paint. Sometimes the water leaves mineral deposits that sit on top of the paint. These can be removed by washing or using specialty water spot removers that are available - Meguiars, for example makes a hard water spot remover. Some people have success with a vinegar mist that lifts the calcium but not sure I would use this approach.

In other cases the water spot is not simply sitting on top of the paint but rather the contaminates in the water have actually etched the surface of the paint. If you cannot remove the water spots it is likely because the surface of the paint is etched. In this situation you need to use a compound or polish that abrades the surface of paint to level the paint and remove the etching.

If normal cleaning fails to remove the sports you may need to wash, clay and then polish. In any case you should also apply a new coat of sealant.
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Old 06-29-2014, 04:24 PM
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The spots on the glass are my concern


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Old 06-29-2014, 04:50 PM
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I'll show you a pic of what I've used on my windows and it works gooooood at least I think. Sometimes I use it on the car. Leaves it clean and shiny. I haven't used it lately since I've been super busy with college. Give me a moment

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Old 06-29-2014, 04:59 PM
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I added some extra pics in case you need to read up on it.

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Old 06-29-2014, 05:12 PM
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Im big on meguiares products an ive been using the ice lately. It works good leaves car looking like she got a wax

I apologize for all the pictures. Just hope to help you out as I understand the water spots.
I just noticed while paint dots all over my car and windows
My parents had the gate painted and wasn't told to move my car ..

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Old 06-29-2014, 05:20 PM
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Try A-MAZ. Got that tip from ddboy. Works waaaaay better than straight vinegar IMO. However, my stuff dried out, so I have to reconstitute when I use it. For now, try vinegar to begin with and/or a lemon half and/or a clay bar.

If A-MAZ or vinegar can't remove it, you will need to machine polish with an optical grade cerium oxide compound. You have to be careful with avoiding too much heat as your windshield is laminated for safety and the heat can distort it.


For the paint dot comment, try using a clay bar ASAP. I'd probably get out my plastic razor too, depending.
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:12 AM
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To get rid off the water spots on windows use steal wool, you can get it at home depot or harbor freight tools, get the medium one, but make sure it doesn't touch the paint, just the windows, and only from the outside.

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Old 06-30-2014, 12:15 AM
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And careful not to damage those nails BTW.

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Old 06-30-2014, 06:58 PM
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I would be wary of 0000 steel wool on the glass, and do not concur with this recommendation. If you do use that, I would carefully inspect your work, very often. I'm sure variable such as particular brand of glass, amount of elbow grease, quality of lubrication, and other factors would play a role. IMO, there are other successful methods without the same type of risk, even if it's a relatively low risk. I've scratched non automotive stuff that I did not expect to scratch while using wool.
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:20 AM
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I have used 0000 steel wool with great success.

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Old 07-01-2014, 09:08 AM
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Mmmmm strange, I work in a bodyshop as a car painter and I see everyday the detailers use it to remove any overspray or waterspots, maybe for a beginner could be risky, but i seen it work.

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Old 07-17-2014, 09:13 AM
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Mmmmm strange, I work in a bodyshop as a car painter and I see everyday the detailers use it to remove any overspray or waterspots, maybe for a beginner could be risky, but i seen it work.

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I have been in the glass and window industry for over 30 years.. Steel wool is a BAD idea. I have had to replace BRAND NEW windows in homes due to painters taking off over spray from windows from using it.. If it doesn't leave a bad scratch, it will leave very fine scratches you will never get out....

Been looking at Glass clay bars ( have not used one yet)
I have had luck with Bon Ami, NEVER use Clorox...


I am talking about glass, not paint...

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Old 07-18-2014, 08:58 PM
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This works well on mild waterspots, haven't tried it on really bad ones.

http://www.autogeek.net/carpro-spotl...t-remover.html
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:56 PM
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If you are just worried about spots on the glass...

Use vinegar on a rag to break up the spots, wipe the area and wash off, if you have really troubling spots, then lay a vinegar soaked rag over the area for a bit, letting it break up the minerals in the spots and wash away with water.

Try not to get too much vinegar on the paint as it can and might simply go through your wax if not careful and you will need to re-wax your car.
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:29 PM
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I have a black motorcycle I need to tackle this on. I had it happen to a car once and even with Duragloss' Water Spot Remover, I barely made a dent in it. Then we went for a long road trip where it rained several times on the car. By the time we got home a few days later, the spots were gone! I guess I lucked out.

This time though, I plan to use Meg's Super Degreaser at a 5:1 dilution. Hoping that will do the trick. I will report the results.
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