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Old 07-13-2009, 11:24 AM   #1
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Water Spots-Help

I recently washed. clayed and Zaino'ed my car, RJT. I noticed some water spot, seemed like alot on my car once I pulled it in the garage. It was kinda hot when I washed but I kept spraying it down as I washed. So question 1. Why does it have water spots?, 2. How do you keep from getting water spots, 3. How do I get rid of the current water spots. Thanks for you help.
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Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:56 AM   #3
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Old 07-13-2009, 12:01 PM   #4
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First, if at all possible, never wash in; direct sunlight, if the sun/temp. causes the paint surface to feel "hot" to the touch, and never immediately after driving.

Second, your water could be "hard water" which would cause spotting. You might want to look into a water softener.

To remove the spots, assuming they're not too bad, first try going over the spots with some wax. If that doesn't work, move onto clay. If that still doesnt remove the spots, you may need to try a paint cleaner with a mild abhrasive.
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I used that Mr. Clean spray attachment. I has done really well on my Bike, never any water spots. I even put a new filter in before I started washing. It was warm and the car did feel hot, so that may be my problem. I will try re-waxing it and see if that works. If not might have to take it to a detailer and let them buff it out, or would that be a good idea. I tried the clay when I noticed it and it would not take them out. Funny thing is I have never had this problem, go figure on my Camaro it would arise, but I am sure it can be fixed, don't you think? Thanks for your help Moose
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vinger and water try 10percent vinger, i do it on black vehicle
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If I use the vinegar and water trick I guess I will need to re-wax it?
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First, never, ever wash a car in direct sunlight. And get rid of that Mr. Clean junk. Get a nice Chentille mit and some good "car wash" soap. Even if it's just Meguiars Gold Class. Rub that Bad Bitch down! You can find it at any Target or Wal-Mart.
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Glad to help. Anytime!

"It was warm and the car did feel hot" - that's most likely the culprit.

Prior to paying a detailer, you could try a cleaner wax, one of the better OTC brands, like 'Mothers' or 'Meguires'.

Please let me know how you make out.

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I used that Mr. Clean spray attachment. I has done really well on my Bike, never any water spots. I even put a new filter in before I started washing. It was warm and the car did feel hot, so that may be my problem. I will try re-waxing it and see if that works. If not might have to take it to a detailer and let them buff it out, or would that be a good idea. I tried the clay when I noticed it and it would not take them out. Funny thing is I have never had this problem, go figure on my Camaro it would arise, but I am sure it can be fixed, don't you think? Thanks for your help Moose
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As far as the Mr Clean Gun, it works on my Bike, No water spots ever. Think Ed was right too hot, not really sunny but hot. I bought what I thought was good stuff from Zaino, recommended on here. I went by their directions so guess I will take Ed's suggestion and use a cleaner wax, The towels that Zaino sent are awesome 100% cotton and really soft.

The spots are not noticeable from 2 feet and beyond but I noticed them when I rubbed it down to take off the wax. I apprecaite all the advise and will let you know how it comes out
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:46 AM   #11
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I did this once with my last Camaro! NEVER wash in direct sun, wash in the garage, shade or wait til the evening when you have about 1 1/2 hours of dayight left. I use Mothers 3 step system, works well for me. Use step one, the pre wax cleaner, several times to deminish any spots in the clear coat before moving on to steps 2 & 3. Be prepared for about 12 hours work. I am currantly going through this process to remove etched in spots all over the top of my car. It sat for 3 1/2 months at factory and something got all over it!
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Yes mine had water spots before I washed it but it got worse because it was hot, I have been rubbing for the last three days( 2 hours in the evening), I have one side left on the paint and that will complete my second coat. I will have one coat of Zaino left to do then it's off to the windows and finally the interior and I will be satisfied then, Now I see why they do not drive show cars. I appreciate all the information and help.
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Old 07-15-2009, 02:33 PM   #13
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Use a detailer spray like Zaino or Turtle ice wax right after you wash your car. The car should be a little wet, and when you apply the spray it should elimiate all the water spots and leave you with a showroom car finish.
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I always used the Zaino detailer spray when the car is dry. I've always used the detailer after completely drying. What do you do to keep the car a little wet?
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I always used the Zaino detailer spray when the car is dry. I've always used the detailer after completely drying. What do you do to keep the car a little wet?
You just run a microfiber towel or shammy once on the car to get the bulk of the water, then use a microfiber towel and apply the spray while drying the rest and polishing the same time. The results are really good.
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vinger and water try 10percent vinger, i do it on black vehicle
Not TAP water but DISTILLED water, you can purchase at any supermarket for about $2 and WHITE vinegar
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I just used the Turtle Wax Ice and was done in no time. Car looks good and did not spend all my driving time polishing it up.
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