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I just purchased a new vehicle in perfect mechanical condition, however the jackass that owned it before me let it get doused by a sprinkler over quite a period of time. The result; water spots over a good portion of the car that are not going to come off without a lot of persuasion. I took it to a local auto detaililer and they stated that an Acid wash would take care of the majority of the spots but there would most likley still be an faded outline of the water spots remaining on the vehicle. They stated that claybar would not work on the spots.

Any ideas how I can remove these spots on my own? Once they are on is it pretty hard to get them off? There are also various scratches around the vehicle. What is the best way for removing these? Clay bar and wax?

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id go for the acid wash. my friends type-s had SEVERE water spots. he acid washed it and it looked like it rolled off the showroom floor. only cost him $30 too.
 

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I would clay bar it, mainly because that will fill up and file down most imperfections on the surface. I can't say that this will eliminate the water spots entirely, but the paint in general will look alot better. I have crappy sprinklers in My apt. complex and not a single dry car in the lot every morning, so I get new spots daily. I'll just repaint when I move...


I know nothing about acid washing cars, so I can't rightly comment on that. Maybe someone else will know.
 

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I wouldn't clay bar a new paint job.
 

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The guy at datailing shop stated that I didnt really need a calybar because my paint was really smooth.

He recommended the acid wash and a polish and polymer sealer for the paint after. A description right off the website....

http://www.ajautodetailing.com/services.html

In addition to the Mini-Detail & Polymer Sealer Wax (two coats), the vehicle is polished with Blue Coral’s advanced blend of gentle polishing agents with carnauba and synthetic waxes to remove superficial scratches, stains and oxidation. This two step cleaning process prior to waxing restores luster to the paint. (This cleaning process does not include overspray or industrial fallout removal)

The acid wash will run me 40 and the polish and polimer sealer will run me 160. You guys think this is worth it? The paint is pretty bad in some spots with scratches/waterspots etc and I really want to make my baby shiiiiiiine like new.

They work on a lot of exotic cars and do really good work.
 

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I would have them do the acid wash then polish and wax it yourself to save some coin.
 

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Acid wash, what is the world coming to.

A good car wash should sort it. Something like Chemical Guy's citrus Wash and Gloss or Duragloss 901, if not a good detail.

A good detail should start off bu claying. Claying a brand new car is fine. You'll be amazed how much you will actually get off.

Then a polish. I like Dodo Juice Lime Prime (Dodo Juice has just started being imported into the states), it's similar to Zymol HD Clense. Should there be any water spots after the previous 2 statges this will definately sort them.

Then Sealent and then wax.
 
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