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    Bad water spots?

    So i saw some really nasty water spots all over my car today, so i decided to just give it a quick wash, soap, water, than dry with a lamb skin towel. The damn spots are still there and will not go away, I waxed my car last week, and i didnt notice these spots as bad as they are right now. Anyone have any idea on how the hell to get rid of them? They are all over the car, heres a close up shot i took of them.



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    Will that stuff work?
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    Nasty.

    I doubt the clay will get rid of them completely.

    I would polish those out. I can recommend some polish, do you have a porter cable buffer or anything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redline927 View Post
    Nasty.

    I doubt the clay will get rid of them completely.

    I would polish those out. I can recommend some polish, do you have a porter cable buffer or anything?
    What would cause something like this to be that severe. I've had water spots on parts of the car at times but usually when I was it next time they are gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 302@12psi View Post
    What would cause something like this to be that severe. I've had water spots on parts of the car at times but usually when I was it next time they are gone.
    Well the water at my house comes from a well, but my parents have like a 5,000 filter system, I may have parked under a really ****ty tree or something, but my friend told me to try Meguiers Gold Class Wax in the black bottle, i picked some up today, washed my car, clay barred it, and waxed it with the wax, and the wax took i would say about 95% of the spots out, and what it didn't take out there is a really faint outline you cant really see unless you look for them. I still don't know how the hell my car got like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slider View Post
    Well the water at my house comes from a well, but my parents have like a 5,000 filter system, I may have parked under a really ****ty tree or something, but my friend told me to try Meguiers Gold Class Wax in the black bottle, i picked some up today, washed my car, clay barred it, and waxed it with the wax, and the wax took i would say about 95% of the spots out, and what it didn't take out there is a really faint outline you cant really see unless you look for them. I still don't know how the hell my car got like that.
    As a former Meguires gold calss user, the spots are still there and will come back again in a month.

    You need to polish them out with a buffer and several stages of polish. Only way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 06wrx4me View Post
    As a former Meguires gold calss user, the spots are still there and will come back again in a month.

    You need to polish them out with a buffer and several stages of polish. Only way.
    +1, you don't really have a choice, it's going to take quite a bit of work to get rid of the spots....just be thankful your car isn't black, you'd be having a complete FIT

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    Quote Originally Posted by REXtard04 View Post
    +1, you don't really have a choice, it's going to take quite a bit of work to get rid of the spots....just be thankful your car isn't black, you'd be having a complete FIT



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    OOPS, sorry, I wasn't directing that comment at you, it was for SLIDER who originally asked the question....my mistake, I should have clarified that...I was agreeing with your comment and didn't distinguish who I was addressing

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    Thanks guys, I'll probably have to go and get some polish, whats good?

    I also don't own a buffer. So ill be doing it by hand
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slider View Post
    Thanks guys, I'll probably have to go and get some polish, whats good?
    You have a buffer? You'll need one.

    The meguiars series of polishes work pretty good.
    As do 3m's perfect-it line.

    you'll need a wool bonnet and a foam polishing pad. If you have never buffed before, move very fast stay away from the edges, buff at 1250ish rpm, keep a water bottle handy to wet the surface, don't stay in one spot too long.
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    He doesn't have a buffer, and I doubt he'll want to run out and get one just for this.

    A buffer will yield better results, but I think if you do it by hand, it should take care of it. Maybe Cavallino can chime in here since he polishes by hand, I think he uses Griots Hand Polish if I'm not mistaken.

    Don't forget to wax after you polish.
    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redline927 View Post
    He doesn't have a buffer, and I doubt he'll want to run out and get one just for this.

    A buffer will yield better results, but I think if you do it by hand, it should take care of it. Maybe Cavallino can chime in here since he polishes by hand, I think he uses Griots Hand Polish if I'm not mistaken.

    Don't forget to wax after you polish.
    Good luck.
    *shudders* at the thought of how much work that is by hand. Good god.

    Give you an idea, its like waxing your car 10x in one day. Given the fact that you aren't gonna wanna polish just one part of the car.

    I ran out and bought a buffer and it has been one of the best automotive purchases I have ever made. That buffer has made me more money, I coulda bought it about 5x over now. You will inevitably have friends/family with the need to utilize your services. At $50 a job, 3 jobs and your buffer was free.

    Well if you do it by hand you'll have awesome sized forearms, carpal tunnel and have killed an entire day polishing your car.

    FYI it takes me around 2.5-3.5 hours with a buffer depending on the size of the car to:
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    buff with 2-3 stages of polish
    and wax

    Count on at least 2x that long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redline927 View Post
    He doesn't have a buffer, and I doubt he'll want to run out and get one just for this.

    A buffer will yield better results, but I think if you do it by hand, it should take care of it. Maybe Cavallino can chime in here since he polishes by hand, I think he uses Griots Hand Polish if I'm not mistaken.

    Don't forget to wax after you polish.
    Good luck.
    Yep griots hand polish is good stuff. It's a seems to get most imperfections out pretty well.

    A couple years ago I parked on the curb in front of someones house and they decided to hose of their dirty sidewalk onto my car and by the time I got to the car they were all dried on. It had some major waterspots but it got them all out with some work.

    Buffer might make it easier though and its certainly not something thats bad to have around.

    Wouldn't hurt to clay it too. The last time I did a full wash, clay, polish, wax, and carnuba wax I think it took about 7-8 hourse give or take. I tend to work kind slow though
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    1z is great stuff to use by hand fwiw.

    But anyway, try washing w/ a vinegar/water mixture first. No need to jump right into polishing if you dont have to. If the spots havent been there long, they may not have etched into the clear which would be great for you. If they have, then yea, you'll have to go at it w/ a polish to remove em.
    I recently had a guy pick up some polish w/ sealant from me and did a whole car by hand. Turned out phenomenal, but I sure wouldnt want to do a whole car by hand.
    Good luck w/ it... let us know how it turns out

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    Quote Originally Posted by 06wrx4me View Post
    *shudders* at the thought of how much work that is by hand. Good god.

    Give you an idea, its like waxing your car 10x in one day. Given the fact that you aren't gonna wanna polish just one part of the car.

    I ran out and bought a buffer and it has been one of the best automotive purchases I have ever made. That buffer has made me more money, I coulda bought it about 5x over now. You will inevitably have friends/family with the need to utilize your services. At $50 a job, 3 jobs and your buffer was free.

    Well if you do it by hand you'll have awesome sized forearms, carpal tunnel and have killed an entire day polishing your car.

    FYI it takes me around 2.5-3.5 hours with a buffer depending on the size of the car to:
    Wash
    buff with 2-3 stages of polish
    and wax

    Count on at least 2x that long.

    I understand what you're saying, I also own a buffer, love it, and would never polish any other way personally. But all I'm saying is I don't think the OP has a few-hundred dollar problem here. IF he is into detailing and plans on getting into the hobby,maybe he already is, i dont know, and thinks he'll get enough use out of a buffer in the future, then sure, I'd recommend he gets a 7424 right now.
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