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Old 05-31-2002, 04:34 PM   #1
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Unhappy Water Spots help!

I washed my car today and for some reason, I have some very stubborn waterspots on the hood and trunk...it's very noticeable on black, any of you guys experienced this? Last time my car was washed was about 2 weeks ago, and the car is 5 weeks old so the paint is relatively new. any help will be greatly appreciated, tia
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Old 05-31-2002, 04:40 PM   #2
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Very warm water. Good luck
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Old 05-31-2002, 04:40 PM   #3
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Wash it again...

if that doesn't get the spots out...get some claybar and do the entire car...it make a world of difference!
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Old 06-01-2002, 11:43 PM   #4
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I would recommend using the California Water Blade. It eliminates most of the water spots. Your water could also be the cluprit. Try a good soap, or 3m Imperial Hand Glaze. That stuff works magic...
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Old 06-01-2002, 11:50 PM   #5
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How about Megiure's Quick Detailer spray?

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Old 06-01-2002, 11:53 PM   #6
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Good Call Ed. I usually end it with that too. Works well.

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How about Megiure's Quick Detailer spray?

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Old 06-02-2002, 02:06 AM   #7
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Hey guys, thanks for all the replies, I've tried washing it again, applying Meguire's wax, vinegar, all a few times, wash, soaped, rinsed, vinegar, wax, I also tried Mother's quick detailer, clay bar, carnuba wax...spent about 30 bucks....and it's still there! although not as noticeable...I've given up, i spent about 5-6 hours just to attempt to get rid of it...and something tells me even if i get rid of them, they'll be back tomorrow. The price of a black car....*sigh* I'll try using the blade and the 3M glaze next time.
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Old 06-02-2002, 08:52 AM   #8
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Did you wash your car in direct sunlight? If so, that is probably why you have the water spots. Either that, or you didn't dry the car after washing. Never wash your car in direct sunlight, or if the surface is hot.

That doesn't tell you how to gid rid of the spots you have, but will help prevent future spots.
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Old 06-02-2002, 10:46 AM   #9
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It's etched your paint.

You need to use a polish. Polishes have a mild abrasive. It won't hurt your paint. You only use it once in a while. Get some 3m perfect it for dark cars. You can apply it by hand. That will do the trick.
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Old 06-02-2002, 10:51 AM   #10
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1) As soon as you notice water spots use a quick detailing spray (for future fererence )
2)Wash your car as normal w/ shampoo
3)Rinse
4)Now use distilled vinegar, put on mit or sponge and wipe it on one section at a time and let it sit for 30 to 60 seconds and rinse.
5) When you are done wash and rinse the car again
6) The vinegar removes wax, so wax your car again.

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If water spots are allowed to stay for more than a week or so, the minerals will etch the paint. In this case, using vinegar will remove the mineral spots, but the paint will have etched spots (dimples). It is necessary to use a polish or mild polishing compound to restore the paint surface.

Hope this helps!!
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Old 06-02-2002, 01:21 PM   #11
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Re: Water Spots help!

I'd certainly like to know what the chemisty of water spots is, I've only had a few cars over the years that are susceptible to them and dont know why. I mean, with clear coat and waxes, they shouldnt even form, cant think of any other surfaces that are so effected and, in the case of glass, you can get them off with more water. I had one car so bad you couldnt even wash it in the shade, dry instantly, and not see big white circles everywhere. Got so bad I eventually had to take a polishing compound to the car to remove them and it did prevent recurrence, though the finish was an older one. Whatever you do, dont try ammoniated products, they'll dull the finish permanently.
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Old 06-02-2002, 01:25 PM   #12
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When water evaporated off of your car's paint, it leaves begind the trace elements it contains. Calcium and metals are the most damaging elements found in tap water, whereas rainwater may contain damaging acids and air pollutants.
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Old 06-02-2002, 01:26 PM   #13
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I just use Meguire's Polish.
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Old 06-02-2002, 07:59 PM   #14
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The harder and more concentrated the minerals are in your water supply, the more likely you will have water spots. Well water is the worst. To greatly reduce them, install a water softener (or wash at a friend's house with one).
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