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Battle the water spots?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by jrdbrn, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. Jan 21, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Taqoma Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2012
    First Name:
    Los Angeles
    2011 TRD Off-Road
    TRD Supercharger, TRD CAI, Camburg LT, Fox 2.5x8 coilovers, Fox 2.0 bumps, Deaver e30 leafs, Fox 3.0x18 triples, Avid sliders, Yaesu 2900R, Pro Comp 7089 16x8, DDM 55w HID Hella 500FF, DDM 35w HID headlights, Magnaflow 11255 muffler, PLX DM-100 OBDII, Autometer Ultra-Lite II Boost gauge, Flex Pod gauge mount, LSK tube bumper, McNeil fenders, Fiberwerx bedsides, 285/75/16 Toyo MT's
    My new tacoma is the first black vehicle I've ever owned and I quickly found out how bad the water spots are with the hard water here in Los Angeles. I still rent apt. so now I go to the do-it-yourself power sprayer washes at night for two reasons: 1) they don't allow "bucket washing" but at 11pm it's not busy no one really cares and 2) it's cool and will stay wet until I start drying.
  2. Jan 25, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    808TRDTaco10 Black Sand Mirror

    Jul 5, 2010
    First Name:
    Big Island--->Oahu, Hawaii
    10 AC TRD OR 4x4 BSP; 08 Reg Cab 5 spd 4x4
    TRD Off Road 265/75/16 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac Load Range C | Toytec Ultimate Lift with Emu Dakar Leaf Packs | 3* Axle Shims, CB Drop, Sway Bar Relocates | AVS Vent Visors, AVS Bugshield | Scangauge II | Smoked Eagle Eyes Ebay LED Tails | Wet Okole Seat Covers | Weather Tech Floor Liners | Pop n Lock | OEM Bed Mat | Truxedo Lo Pro QT Tonneau Cover | TRD Cat Back Exhaust | Aftermarket Alarm System | Pro Coat "Electronic Rustproofing"
    I thought that the water spots on mine were permanent but I got 99% of them out. The acid rain from the volcanic gases here kills paint and quickly at that.

    So basically I used clay bar (had to apply a lot of pressure on the clay and use lots of the quik detailer), swirl remover, polish, 3 coats carnauba wax, and 3 coats of synthetic wax/sealant to top it off. It was a LOT of work but at least my paint doesn't have those ugly ass water spots now. The key for me seemed to be pressing kind of hard on the clay bar and making many passes over the paint with it. I just hope that it didn't remove too much of my clearcoat :eek: :cool:
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