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Old 04-02-2017, 06:48 PM   #1
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water spots..

I cant get the rinse water off my car fast enough...I can water it down and wipe it off as soon as possible and it leaves water spots...wtf is that about?

as soon as the car comes back fro touching up the damage caused by small rocks Ill be clay baring and Adams'ing my car..

thoughts..

its a black car...
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Old 04-02-2017, 06:56 PM   #2
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Clay bar, polish if needed, and seal/wax and it should be good to go


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Old 04-02-2017, 07:07 PM   #3
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I have the same problem, it's really bad. My problem is well water with a very high amount of dissolved solids. So you may have hard, mineral rich water.
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Old 04-02-2017, 07:08 PM   #4
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I have the same problem, it's really bad. My problem is well water with a very high amount of dissolved solids. So you may have hard, mineral rich water.
exactly what I have....
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Old 04-02-2017, 07:48 PM   #5
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I suffer from hard water as well. I usually can catch it after drying and following up with a quick detail spray. If they are still there you can use white distilled vinegar. Spray it on and wipe off. You may have to let it dwell for a few seconds. The vinegar will dissolve the hard water spots and you should be able to wipe them away.
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Old 04-02-2017, 08:01 PM   #6
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I'd suggest hitting up forums like Adams, autogeek, or chemical guys. Adams soap or any good, true car soap will help and you want to be sure to leave it all soapy and wet and rinse all at once. In the sun is a no no, particularly with black. A must of detail spray prior to drying helps. A good layer of wax helps. Some go as far as a water softner or RO filter for washing, but that would be tye extreme. Plenty of smaller fish to fry with techniques first. Good luck!
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Old 04-02-2017, 08:15 PM   #7
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I'd suggest hitting up forums like Adams, autogeek, or chemical guys. Adams soap or any good, true car soap will help and you want to be sure to leave it all soapy and wet and rinse all at once. In the sun is a no no, particularly with black. A must of detail spray prior to drying helps. A good layer of wax helps. Some go as far as a water softner or RO filter for washing, but that would be tye extreme. Plenty of smaller fish to fry with techniques first. Good luck!
I've got a nice water softener system for the house water, so I wash the car with that, and the water spots are less horrible but still there.

It dries so fast, and leaves minerals behind. I don't think any product will help with that (my TDS > 1000).

I'm thinking about going for a large RO system for the whole house.
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Do you have a whole-house filter for the sediment?
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Old 04-03-2017, 05:59 AM   #9
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A water softener helps some, but basically replaces the calcium in the water with sodium. You'll still have water spots, just from a different mineral.

Wash the car in the shade to slow down evaporation. If that can't be done wash in the early morning or evening when the sun's lower in the sky.

If washing in the sun, wash the sun exposed side last, and begin the drying there.

Use a ph neutral Car Shampoo, like Adam's Car Shampoo. Soap the entire vehicle down without rinsing at all. Once the car's been wiped down completely, then rinse thoroughly. Wipe dry with a good quality microfiber specific drying towel using Detail Spray as a drying aid, and to remove any remaining soap.

If all else fails, get one of the commercially available Spot Free Rinse products on the market. I've got a Reverse Osmosis rinse unit that works well. Total Dissolved Solids in my rinse water are almost zero, the same as distilled water, leaving no water spots.
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vinegar, doesn't work..Im hoping after the polishing
and waxing it will be better..
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vinegar, doesn't work..Im hoping after the polishing
and waxing it will be better..
Did you let the vinegar dwell? It wont work for old spots or all the time. Polishing will definitely take care of the water spots. Throw on a good coat of sealant and/or wax. That will make harder for the spots to stick and easier to remove.

I have a softener system and still get water spots. Just do good prep work, dry quickly, and follow up with a quick detail spray of choice.
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Old 04-03-2017, 01:11 PM   #12
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Anybody use ONR? Thinking about that option with a couple gallons of distilled water.
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Old 04-03-2017, 02:00 PM   #13
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I'm thinking about going for a large RO system for the whole house.
An RO unit works by pushing water through a filter system and depositing the pure water into a storage tank. It takes about four gallons of tap water to make one gallon of RO purified water. A system for the whole hose wouldn't be practical. I have one at the kitchen sink for drinking and cooking that's also connected to the ice maker in the freezer, as well as a system in the garage for rinsing washed vehicles.

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Anybody use ONR? Thinking about that option with a couple gallons of distilled water.
Depends on how dirty the vehicle is, and how much you're concerned with marring from washing that way. A truly dirty vehicle really needs a two bucket wash and the use of a hose to safely clean. The no rinse products are good for light dust, or very little dirt
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An RO unit works by pushing water through a filter system and depositing the pure water into a storage tank. It takes about four gallons of tap water to make one gallon of RO purified water. A system for the whole hose wouldn't be practical. I have one at the kitchen sink for drinking and cooking that's also connected to the ice maker in the freezer, as well as a system in the garage for rinsing washed vehicles.


Depends on how dirty the vehicle is, and how much you're concerned with marring from washing that way. A truly dirty vehicle really needs a two bucket wash and the use of a hose to safely clean. The no rinse products are good for light dust, or very little dirt
Yeah I hate the waste of RO, the systems I was looking at were about 35% efficient. It's one of the only ways at a house level to truly rid of the high TDS.

I thought ONR was a little bit better than the typical spray wash/detailers. But yeah there is no free ride to getting rid of dirt.
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