: Getting Rid Of HARD Water Spots???



BayLac510
11-21-07, 02:31 AM
I spent about two hours washing/waxing the V today...

When I was done, I noticed HARD water spots on the hood area.

I tried to get rid of them with a clay bar and then Maguires Scratch X with negative results.

I read that a combination of distilled vineger and distilled water may work, but I'm hestitant to try this due to the vinegars acidic nature.

Any suggestions!?!

510ctsV
11-21-07, 03:55 AM
What U did should have worked. When i get hard water spots i would use zano or rewash that section n all is good. you might wanna pay some one to detail it. Again its odd that the wax and the clay bar, more so, didnt work. Maybe you're doin it wrong. good luck

Naf
11-21-07, 06:32 AM
Maybe you're doin it wrong.

:histeric::histeric::histeric::histeric::histeric: :histeric::histeric:


What may have happened is during the last wax the marks were there, and now you have to get through the coats of wax and then wash it off....I hope you have a good arm for rubbin compound....And rewaxin...

I spent a whole day doing that, and trust me nuttin is more punishin then rubbin compound, then waxin....

capt. dan
11-21-07, 09:17 AM
Try the ScratchX again. Do a small area about 6" square and put some elbow behind it until it starts to turn to a clear color. Wipe off and inpect. You may have to do this a couple of times. I normally use a foam applicator but a terry cloth applicator may work better for you.

nikon
11-21-07, 09:19 AM
and if all else fails, get a high speed and burn that ****er off :p

ok ok use a foam pad and you shouldn't burn it.......

The Tony Show
11-21-07, 09:20 AM
..I hope you have a good arm for rubbin compound...

I spent a whole day doing that, and trust me nuttin is more punishin then rubbin compound, then waxin....

Unless you buy a Griot's Garage Orbital. :D

Chef
11-21-07, 09:20 AM
Go Carbon Fiber and be done with it....:thumbsup:



Unless you buy a Griot's Garage Orbital.

Seriously ---This is true --- I had them do a corner on a demo and it was the best! Their products rock!

The Tony Show
11-21-07, 09:20 AM
:lol: @ Chef.

trukk
11-21-07, 09:36 AM
I had some very mild oxidation on my hood, that wouldn't come off with normal washing.

I ordered the Griot's wax kit (the one that comes with the orbital buffer). It has 4 level's of polishing compound. I used the 2nd least abrasive, and it came right out.

Their orbital is dummy proof. I split the cost with my buddy who has a black viper. It does an AMAZING job of removing swirl marks.

http://www.griotsgarage.com/catalog.jsp?&SKU=11258

I wasn;t overly impressed with their best of show wax. It's carnuba based, and once you get used to using the synthetic waxes, like zaino, the work of a carnuba make is a giant PITA. I really like their polish though, and may try their paint sealer instead of going with wax next time, as I don't wax my car that often.

Anyway, good luck.

-Chris

P.S. - Props to BigJim for turning me on the Griot's stuff.
P.P.S - Zaino still smells the best.

The Tony Show
11-21-07, 09:40 AM
Ditto on the wax- Griot's Best in Show is really hard to remove. I love their orbital, polishes, window cleaner, etc, but the wax is tough. It gives a good shine, but it's hard to work with.

keeksv
11-21-07, 10:27 AM
Ditto on the wax- Griot's Best in Show is really hard to remove. I love their orbital, polishes, window cleaner, etc, but the wax is tough. It gives a good shine, but it's hard to work with.

Hey Tony, does their window cleaner take water spots off of windshields?

The Tony Show
11-21-07, 10:30 AM
Fresh ones, yes. Older, hard water spots will probably need their glass polish:

http://www.griotsgarage.com/catalog.jsp?&SKU=11017

Twitch
11-21-07, 10:30 AM
As much as I like working on my car, and I love washing it (evan in winter), I think I'll just bring it to a detailing shop. My friends know a good place. And to be honest, I'm not very good at it.

keeksv
11-21-07, 10:32 AM
Fresh ones, yes. Older, hard water spots will probably need their glass polish:

http://www.griotsgarage.com/catalog.jsp?&SKU=11017
TY!!

BayLac510
11-21-07, 03:35 PM
Thanks for the inout guys!

I ran accross this on a Corvette forum:


http://forums.corvetteforum.com/show...=water +spots (http://forums.corvetteforum.com/showthread.php?t=1307590&highlight=water+spots)

http://forums.corvetteforum.com/show...=water +spots (http://forums.corvetteforum.com/showthread.php?t=1319554&highlight=water+spots)

http://forums.corvetteforum.com/show....php?t=1336719 (http://forums.corvetteforum.com/showthread.php?t=1336719)


http://forums.corvetteforum.com/show....php?t=1346611 (http://forums.corvetteforum.com/show....php?t=1346611)


This guy has had the same problem I'm having...Man, these spots are a mother to get off!!!

V-Smooth
11-21-07, 03:50 PM
Good prep, quality product and elbow grease if you dont have an orbital...as crazy as it sounds I like doing it by hand.
zaino, zaino, zaino! :alchi:

capt. dan
11-21-07, 04:26 PM
Do you have any pics?

CTS-V420
11-21-07, 07:42 PM
clay barrr

Drago
11-21-07, 09:50 PM
A good orbital buffer, proper foam pads, and polishes should do the trick. It will take some time to do it yourself but the results are worth it. Check out autogeek.net for a variety of products.

CVP33
11-21-07, 11:05 PM
The first pictures from the corvette forum are startling. I'd seriously go berserk if that happened to my car. :bighead:

Albertan
11-22-07, 12:43 AM
If you are washing by hand, you should use a bucket of warm water with some dishwashing rinse agent in it. It will make the water "wetter" and not spot. NOTE: I haven't tried this on a car but I used it on plastic parts I manufacture.
Soaked the parts in hot water with a cap of rinse agent, no spots. Of course it does the same thing in your dishwasher. I got the idea from when I did a lot of photo developing MANY years ago. We used photoflow chemical and water ran off with no spots.