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Old 07-06-2013, 05:18 PM   #1
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Water marks on the wind shield...

Hi all - spent a good bit of time reading and learning how to wash my car (or at least not ruin it!). Many thanks to all who contribute.

I am having a *terrible* time dealing with water marks on exterior glass. The wind shield might look pretty good from a distance, but on a sunny day at the righ angle - its terrible! And distracting while driving.

Does any one have any tips? Water is quite hard around here making washing a challenge...

Thanks!

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Old 07-06-2013, 05:24 PM   #2
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awaiting an answer for this one too.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:09 PM   #3
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I would start off and clay your windshield, if still present then go with a 1:1 mixture of water and vinegar. If you still have some spots go in with some 0000 steel wool.

Other options would be using ceriglass by hand or with a DA.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:23 PM   #4
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I would start off and clay your windshield, if still present then go with a 1:1 mixture of water and vinegar. If you still have some spots go in with some 0000 steel wool.

Other options would be using ceriglass by hand or with a DA.
I don't know about the steel wool but I did use the vinegar and water with newspaper. Use the B&W type not the color.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:34 PM   #5
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I can not help you with water spots I forgot how I got mine off. I have the same problem. I do this when I wash my car. Just as soon as I wash the roof and windows I will dry the windows. Then I try and keep as much water from hitting the glass. After I wash the hood I dry the windshield and side glass. I do this every time I get the windows wet. It takes alittle longer to wash the car but I do not get the water spots.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:35 PM   #6
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Any recommended cleaning solution? I would be pretty nervous with vinegar & water on a brand new car!
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:42 PM   #7
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Here's what you need, Bar Keepers Friend. Put some a bowl, add a little water until becomes a soupy mixer. Using a mister or Windex spray bottle spray a light coat of water or Windex, apply the Bar Keepers Friend soupy mixer using a clean towel......small area's at a time. Clean with a dry towel, you should be able to find this at Wallmart....if not Amazon has it.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:48 PM   #8
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I guess I could have suggested muriatic acid. Seriously vinegar will not do any damage. If you still don't feel comfortable here the use the 0000 steel wool.

Disclaimer: Don't use steel wool to remove water spots on your paint.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:51 PM   #9
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Tecca is right on with the 0000 steel wool. It nor vinegar won't hurt your cars windows.

But if you're still worried, just polish it. Meguiar's Ultimate Compound by hand should be able to remove waterspots pretty easily.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:26 PM   #10
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Many thanks for all the good advice!
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:40 PM   #11
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I have had really good luck with water and vinegar and it's very safe.

For spot prevention I use Rain-X on the windows year round. It seems to help.
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:41 AM   #12
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I use a clay bar.

Here are a couple tutorials courtesy of Adam's.




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Old 07-08-2013, 12:19 PM   #13
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I bought the Nanoskin Autoscrub Wash Mitt to prep the car for waxing but also realized that its great for removing water marks on the OEM stripes and glass.

Just a thought.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:54 PM   #14
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I use a clay bar.
Clay bar is a great place to start, although it won't touch really stubborn water spots (neither will any of the clay alternatives).

I have nothing else to offer other than to echo the comments above.

My water spot removal steps go as follows (obviously stopping when something works):

Clay
Vinegar
Steel wool w/ glass cleaner for lube

As with anything, the best offense is a good defense. Wash in the shade if possible (nothing wrong with washing at night, either). Keep the car wet until you're ready to start drying the entire car. You guys know the drill.
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:14 PM   #15
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So far, the RainX treatment I applied a couple of weeks back seems to have done a good job of concealing it.

Ima give the Vinegar a try before resorting to Steel wool.

Raised this issue up on another forum, but there was a a lot of controversy regarding Steel wool.
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Alcohol in a spray bottle and news paper works well.

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nothing takes water spots off a windshield like A-MAZ water stain remover..

NOTHING !

try all the above recommendations then try the a-maz and report back with results..
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I'd use clay...but then there's all these chips...and I'd need something to remove the clay from the windshield.

Washing the windshield with alcohol works for me. But explaining why your car reeks like vodka is a tough sell to a cop.
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The folks that make the glass use 50/50 solution of isopropyl alcohol and water. This solution will bring the contaminants to the surface to be removed.

Some will flash off and the remaining can be cleaned off with a glass cleaner.
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I'd use clay...but then there's all these chips...and I'd need something to remove the clay from the windshield.

Washing the windshield with alcohol works for me. But explaining why your car reeks like vodka is a tough sell to a cop.
use a nanoskin pad.
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use a nanoskin pad.
That kills the vodka smell?





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Old 07-20-2013, 09:06 PM   #22
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this worked well for me.

I have had my car for two weeks now. I bought it with 17k on it. It has been raining everyday since I got it. I have only gotten two quick washes in only to be rained on the next day. One thing I have really noticed is how bad my water stains are on the windshield. Was going to try bon ami; Couldn't find any so I went with Barkeepers friend $2.49, Household sponges $2.49, water, and tupperware bowl.
Mix it like paste in bowl with water. Keep the windshield wet with water. Dab sponge on paste, gently scrub windshield in small circular motions (kind of like gently sanding) , wash off with water really well, clean window as normally, and it looks like new! And don't forget to keep the wipers clear.

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I have had my car for two weeks now. I bought it with 17k on it. It has been raining everyday since I got it. I have only gotten two quick washes in only to be rained on the next day. One thing I have really noticed is how bad my water stains are on the windshield. Was going to try bon ami; Couldn't find any so I went with Barkeepers friend $2.49, Household sponges $2.49, water, and tupperware bowl.
Mix it like paste in bowl with water. Keep the windshield wet with water. Dab sponge on paste, gently scrub windshield in small circular motions (kind of like gently sanding) , wash off with water really well, clean window as normally, and it looks like new! And don't forget to keep the wipers clear.

That's the best $2.49 you'll spend to keep your car looking good.
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