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Getting rid of hard water spots?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by TuesdayTaco76, Mar 14, 2023.

  1. Mar 14, 2023 at 7:37 PM
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    TuesdayTaco76

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    Howdy people, hope all is well out there for everyone. I had to wash my truck and wasn’t able to use a water filter/softener and I’m left with some decent water spots on the glass that won’t go away. Anyone out there have some proven techniques for removing them? I wash the truck now with a filter on the hose so no new spots come but the old ones keep reappearing. Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Mar 14, 2023 at 7:45 PM
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    That one always makes me scared to try, has it worked for you?
     
  5. Mar 17, 2023 at 3:32 PM
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    I used this combination 10 years ago with great success when the glass on my son's car became etched from acid-like rain while he was away at college. The school (TCU) was doing major renovations to their football stadium at the time, and my sons car was parked for months without moving in a nearby lot. His windshield, rear window, and passenger side windows were covered with deep water spots that nothing would remove. I think it was concrete dust in the air that caused the problem. This stuff repaired the damage, and the glass looked like new.

    Read down a couple paragraphs for tips...
    https://askannamoseley.com/2015/08/how-to-clean-glass-shower-doors-the-easy-way/

    When I bought it, you could buy the Spot-X with 2 pads as a set from Amazon, but it's no longer available. The generic stuff from ebay is the same powder.
     
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  6. Mar 17, 2023 at 4:34 PM
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    If you’re asking about the 0000 steel wool. In all my years of detailing I’ve never scratched a window or windshield. In combo with the vinegar the windows come clean very easily.
     
  7. Mar 17, 2023 at 10:23 PM
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    i never tried the steel wool and vinegar sounds promising but i know i used the chemical guys hard water remover on my mustang that had water spots on all the glass and came out pretty good
     
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    I have used Menzerna fine finishing polish witha orage pad many times works great ... only abrasive i know that will actualy polish glass is Cerium I have used that to take out wiper scrape marks it will cut into the glass .most polishes and compounds will not . it just will take out water spots
     
  9. Jul 19, 2023 at 10:43 AM
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    Try an acid wire wheel cleaner. Spray it on a rag and rub the stains right off, then rinse it off with water. Thank me later, been detailing cars close to 40 years. It will out perform any water stain remover snake oil out there, no need for 0000 steel wool.
     
  10. Jul 19, 2023 at 11:10 AM
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  11. Jul 19, 2023 at 12:57 PM
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    I use a commercial product. Look up Commodore coating in Richmond, Va. they have the wire wheel cleaner I use. They may ship it to you.
     
  12. Jul 19, 2023 at 4:22 PM
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    Right on. Thanks again.
     
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    I tried vinegar and magic eraser on mine and it was barely making any progress. I tried McGuire Medium-cut cleaner on a microfiber cloth and everything comes right off.
     
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    I've never had luck with the diy methods, but found the Sud Factory water spot remover actually works like it does in the vids. That product blew me away. Would highly recommend.
     
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    I have used their products and they are okay but for real baked on water spots on glass and paint try some wire wheel cleaner followed by a rinse. Its better and faster.
     
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    I mean... it worked to get spots off for me that no other product would even touch. Not even wet-sanding. I'm a believer, but YMMV.
     
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    Hard water stains on windows (only) can be removed with a product called Whink Rust Stain remover. Google it brown bottle about 5 bucks.

    A bit on a paper towel applied to a small area and wiped in and then buffed off with a paper towel. Do not get it on the paint.

    It is like a less powerful CLR and will remove the hard water stains from out side of windows. it is a pain but works very well.

    Do it in the shade, if the sun gets to it it will haze over and be a pain to get off. This is a window tint installer trick
     
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    hard water spots on windows spray window cleaner on glass and use a razor blade on it.
     
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    I have used wink before but be careful it can ruin glass most importantly the windshield as the protective top layer of glass can be damaged. A wire wheel cleaner is better than wink, used both in my detailing business for 38 years.
     

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