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post #1 of 21 Old 07-23-2009, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
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Car got stained by recycled water HELP!

I recently left my car in the care of my grandpa...which turned out to be a mistake. He left the car in his drive way, halfway parked in the grass. It got wet from the sprinklers and was very water spottty when I got it back. Some neighborhoods here use "reclaimed water" for their sprinkler systems, which is basically recycled from waste water.

Now I have stains on my car, luckly it looks fine when the car is dry but if you take a damp cloth and wipe the car with it you can see all the water spots that it had when I got it back from him. I notice it mostly when I dry the car after washing it. The spots are on the paint as well as the windows.

Has anybody seen or heard of this before? Any advice on how to get rid of it? I thought about trying a wax or something like that, but I didnt want to just put another layer on top of it and then not be able to get it off later.

Any advice would be great.
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Use the Meguiar's clay bar, it should be able to get the spots off.

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Or spritz it with vinegar/water mix and wipe it down. It's just minerals in the water that dried on the car. Don't panic, they will come off!

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def use the clay bar. Use 1/2 the bar, constantly turning and folding it. If you drop it on the ground, it immediately goes in the trash can!

Put on a good paste wax afterwards.

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Watch Junkman's videos in the detailing thread if you have never clayed/polished before. I did mine by hand with Meguiar's clay and professional line of polish/wax and it worked great. If you don't want to do it by hand, get the PC kit from Adams and go to town.

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Use the Meguiar's clay bar, it should be able to get the spots off.
While this will work, the other suggestion of using vinegar+water to wipe down the car will be a lot easier on the arms and take a lot less time. 'Course if the car needs to be clayed anyway, you can kill 2 birds with one claybar.


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I just did a little demo for you guys. I put some of my fine mineral intense well water on my car and let it dry to a NASTY waterspot (I apologize to those with weak stomachs).

Gently rubbed on a little DriWash. When I say gentle, I'm talking like washing your windows kind of gentle.

And buffed it off.

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This may sound odd, but the easiest way to remove water spots is Turtle Wax Bug and Tar Remover. I have tried all the "products" that "claim" to remove the spots but they don't work so well.

Then I happened to try Turtle Wax Bug and Tar remover on my outboard and it removed the water spots in one pass and left an excellent shine (as it waxes when you buff)

So I tried it on my water stained Jeep, it now looks perfect, no marks at all and this was after trying all the so called spot removers. It also works great on removing brake dust off the rims with no side effects and far easier than the products that are sold to do that.

Don't believe me, try it! You will be convinced

I use it on my boat, 4 jetskis and rims on the cars and they all look like new after an application. Also, on the jetskis, no wax I have ever tried has held up as well.

Far cheaper than the specialty products and puts everything from Meguiers in the trash.

Clay bars work, no doubt but its a lot of work. Turtle wax bug and tar remover is non abrasive (never any paint color on the cloth) and so easy to use. Spray on, wipe then let dry and buff.

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Hey Guys, thanks for all the advice. I think I'll start with the vinegar and water mix first and see how that goes. These arn't your average water spots so hopefully it works. The car has been washed several times since this happened and they still show up at the end of the wash when I'm drying the car. Once its dry they fade away. Ill update later if the vinegar does the trick.
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Use the Meguiar's clay bar, it should be able to get the spots off.
x2... good advice
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