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Burns098356GX 06-23-2013 08:40 PM

Hard water stains
Anybody know of a product or technique that can clean hard water marks off paint? The only chemicals i can think of are to harsh for car paints. I find my roof and sunroof are especially bad.

dyn085 06-23-2013 09:15 PM

Get a clay bar kit from Walmart, and make sure you follow it up with some sealant or wax. Use it after your next car wash.

LensDriven 06-23-2013 09:21 PM

There's also meguiars new-ish clear coat safe waterspot remover:

You could clay then follow up with this if the clay doesn't pull it all up.

Burns098356GX 06-23-2013 09:25 PM

Actually i clayed today. Maybe im seeing dried on quick detailer.

dyn085 06-23-2013 09:48 PM

After you clayed a panel you should have buffed it out. It isn't a huge deal, but if your spots had been on there long enough that the clay didn't work then you would pretty much have to use compound. You can also use the #0000 steel wool on windows.

Burns098356GX 06-23-2013 10:31 PM

Its a new car so the stains are new. I washed the car, then clayed. I rinsed it but didnt buff. It was a couple hours later i waxed.

HCAutoDetail 06-24-2013 09:16 PM

I can't remember an occasion where clay removed a water spot. Call me crazy. The clay is intended to remove ABOVE surface contaminants that won't wash off. Tough water spots are generally etched INTO to surface. But there are always exceptions, so I digress.

For your new car Burns, we can only hope that the water spots are slightly etched into the clear coat. A mild compound should do the trick. Something like Meguiar's Paint Reconditioning Cream or Meguiar's #205 Finishing Polish. Store bought equivalents might be their ScratchX or Ultimate Compound.

You'll want to use a soft foam pad first, working your way up to a more aggressive compounding pad if necessary. Least aggressive method first, to save your clear coat. If you don't have any luck removing them, check with a local detailer that knows about swirls and water spots. Make sure he uses an orbital buffer.

TheGlassMaker 06-24-2013 11:01 PM


Originally Posted by Burns098356GX (Post 4786465)
Its a new car so the stains are new. I washed the car, then clayed. I rinsed it but didnt buff. It was a couple hours later i waxed.

See you rinsed after you clayed, you shouldn't have. Nobody ever listens to me. Lol

I get water spots after a good rain then it gets hot quick and dries. But a quick go over with spray detailer (mother's showshine) it takes them right off.

Burns098356GX 06-25-2013 11:13 AM

Well it didnt help that i did all this on the hottest day of the damn year. Plus i have no shade. I live in a east facing house with no mature trees to provide cover.

TheGlassMaker 06-25-2013 12:38 PM

Yea its definitally best to do it in the shade. Do you have a garage?

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