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tock172 10-28-2012 08:38 PM

Hard Water Stains
 
Around 4 days ago my car was caught in my neighbors sprinklers. Unfortunately the water dried and my car was left with some hard water marks. Today I washed the car and tried to remove the marks, but unfortunately even after washing, and then treating the area with P21 Gloss Enhancing Paintwork Cleanser, the marks remained. I even tried claying the area, but the marks remain. I finally tried Meguiars Scratch X 2.0. After 2 separate attempts, it partially removed the stains but a few still remain.

I'm at a loss here. What other products should I try treating the area with?

KhanArt 10-28-2012 08:44 PM

Wash
Clay
Wash
polish/compound
Wax

If that doesn't do it I don't know..

tock172 10-28-2012 08:48 PM

I'm really at a loss here. I regularly clay, wash and wax my car. I use hardwax every few months and for every wash in between, I use some type of spray wax/quick detailer. My paint feels like glass. I don't get how the calcium in this water could penetrate the paint.

KhanArt 10-28-2012 08:56 PM

You tube Adams detailing and Griots Garage.... I know I have seen something for hard water stains. I would check the detailing section on M3forum.net as well

tock172 10-28-2012 10:08 PM

I did some research and discovered vinegar and water works to remove hard water stains. I laid a towel soaked with 50/50 water/vinegar on the problem area for 7 minutes to let it fully penetrate. Afterwords, I dried the area and hit it with scratch x two more times. No more spots. After that I threw 2 coats of P21S hard wax over the whole area and it looks great.

k20z1 L 10-31-2012 08:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tock172 (Post 14854079)
I did some research and discovered vinegar and water works to remove hard water stains. I laid a towel soaked with 50/50 water/vinegar on the problem area for 7 minutes to let it fully penetrate. Afterwords, I dried the area and hit it with scratch x two more times. No more spots. After that I threw 2 coats of P21S hard wax over the whole area and it looks great.

Congrats my man! Well done :thumbup:

KhanArt 10-31-2012 08:55 PM

Awesome!

gonzo08452 04-24-2013 11:31 PM

Thanks for the tip. I know its an old thread but didnt want to start another thread asking a question thats been asked hundreds of times. :thumbup:

TOGWT 04-25-2013 05:50 AM

/Water doesn’t leave marks or etch surfaces; it’s the minerals that it contains calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) and reactivity (heat acting as a catalyst) the spots are actually traces of minerals left on the surface when the water evaporates. Alternatively they can be caused by industrial pollution (i.e. acid rain, bird excrement or industrial fallout)

Generally surface water-spots have no raised edges and are very shallow and so cannot be felt, they are very similar to micro-fine surface marring. They cannot be removed from the surface by washing but they can usually be removed with a 1:1solution of vinegar and distilled water; this acid-based (acetic acid) formula breaks the bond between mineral deposits and the vehicle surface. For minor surface etching use a slightly abrasive chemical paint cleaner


Note: Vinegar is a liquid produced from the fermentation of ethanol in a process that yields its key ingredient, Acetic (Ethanoic) acid, pH 2.7


TOGWT® Autopia Detailing Wiki - “Removing Water (Spots) Marks” - http://www.autopia.org/forum/guide-d...ml#post1448627

These Detailing Wiki informational resources contain everything you’ll ever want to know about automotive detailing and are an invaluable addition to your detailing knowledge base.

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