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Old 09-02-2005
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Water spots are EVIL!

Ok, so today I decided to finally get all the nasty ugly stupid water spots off my truck. I mean, these things are bad, worse then I ever had on my black edge.

Anyway, so I go to the store, buy a clay bar kit (Mothers California Gold, thats all they had) and some wax, a set of terry towls get home and go to work on my truck.

I washed it, then let it sit in the garage while I went to the store.
Came back and clay bared a small section of the hood where the water spots were the worst. Did a few rounds of the clay baring, the paint got smooth, but the water spots were still there. I figured maybe the wax would finish it off...but after a few coats, the stupid things are still there. They did wipe off a little bit, but are still noticable.

I tried 3 different types of wax and even tried some scratch x and window cleaner...freakin things are evil I tell you. These are the water spots from hell...

Does any one have any suggestions on what I could do to get them off my truck?

I cant even get the spots off my windows...I tried some of that Invisable window stuff and it didnt seem to help at all...

Maybe Im just not doing something right or is my truck doomed to be water spotted by these things forever?

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acully try re washing the truck if that doesnt work i know Dave the waterless car wash guy has something that removes water spots now that i think of it its like oxygone or something. sorry it didnt work hun. but at least your paint is smooth
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yes they are!
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i had some really bad water spots... and i tried quite a few products to remove them, including scratchx, which didnt work. the only thing that did was 3m rubbing compound + elbow grease :o)
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Make sure your using a good cleaner wax, wax the **** out of it. I think claybars are snake oil but thats my opinion. If waxing it a few times doesn't do the trick, take it to Ford. When I bought my truck it had some burnt on waterspotting that WOULD NOT come off. Took it to Ford and they used some sort of acidic stuff and it got them off 99.9% and haven't had any issues since. Word of advice... Once you get them off, keep them easy to take off by loading a few good coats of wax on as soon as possible, that way the water doesn't have a bare surface to stick to...
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I remember rincing my 02 red EDGE and let it dry...BIG MISTAKE. I then washed it properly then used wax and detail with no luck. Then when rain came, they were gone lol!
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Bailey PM me your adress I have a present for you
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I Used Armour All Wipes And Some Elbow Grease And It Worked Pretty Good
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cover it with a nice thick coat of mud, you'll forget about the water spots
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LOL.....yes indeed.


I had this problem lately too Bailey, and a little elbow grease along with a good dose of Dawn dish detergent washing by hand helped a ton.
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Like TheBob said Vinegar, it is your friend! My mom taught me a while back that vinegar and water are the best thing to remove water spots... we have really hard water here, and if u aren't fast in drying it, water spots are everywhere. All we do is fill a spray bottle with Vinegar and water, spray it, and wipe it down... there have been times i've had to do this to almost my entire truck, and it worked.

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Dave, you have a PM

Ill have to try the vinegar and water thing tonight after I wash my truck again.

can i use the vinegar on my windows too? would it be ok on the tint? that invisable window stuff actually made the spotting worse...

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i did auto detailing for 5 years at a Honda dealer, you can hide alot of water spots but for the most part, they're there to stay. what happens is that when you wax you truck and it rains, what happens? the water beads, just like its suppossed to. but on those beautiful sunny days when theres a thunderstorm, then it gets sunny again, all those water spots act like tiny magnifying glasses on the paint. remember burning ants and G.I. Joe men with a magnifying glass on a sunny day? same thing. it burns right through the clear coat. not so bad as to leave a burn mark on the paint, and it wont happen the first time it rains. its a "gradually over time" kinda thing. its the doom of the dark colored truck owner yet we keep buying dark colors. its the american way If you know how to buff, its a good thing to do maybe once or twice a year to keep off all the road grime. The clay bar, cleaner wax....great place to start. keep that up and the paint will look like you might fall in and get wet. Most water spots CAN BE removed if the vehicle was taken care of, if not, and you're one of those "i should wash it but its only been 4 months and the wax says you only have to wax it once a year" kind of people, i have you have extra elbow greese.
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cover it with a nice thick coat of mud, you'll forget about the water spots

I was thinking the same thing lol
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Yeah a wheel with some light polish will shine that thing right up. Follow it up with a sealer and a nice coat of wax. Itz a lot of work but you won't have any water spots and then keeping them gone will be a lot easier. I usually use a wheel on my truck once a year. And try to keep as much wax as I can on it but itz tuff living on campus.
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I wax both my vehicles (the other one's my wife's Subaru Forester) twice a year and use this stuff every other wax job, applying it after washing and before waxing. I got three rags real dirty last Sat. after we washed the Forester real good and I then put a coat of this stuff on before waxing it.

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I had this problem lately too Bailey, and a little elbow grease along with a good dose of Dawn dish detergent washing by hand helped a ton.
David -
Careful here - this will also remove the wax from your truck!
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i bailey i have that same problem, its from parking where the sprinklers can hit our trucks, but mine are way worse.
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get some protect-all. Best thing EVER! I washed a motorhome and used it and there was absolutely no waterspots left over.

www.protectall.com
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Yep. Warm water, a little bit of White vinegar and it will remove water spots with out a problem
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i found this new DuPont Teflon wax. it says to dry your truck but when i dry mine i get the water spots. i put the wax on last time without drying the truck. right after the final rinse i started waxing. i used a wash rag to apply the wax because it gets very wet. i waxed the entire truck while it was still wet. once done waxing i let it set for about 30 minutes. took a clean dry rag and buffed all the wax off and magically no waterspots on my black edge. this should work for everyone and if you have a buffer it would probably shine even better. question for anyone who knows, since i didn't dry the truck it doesn't hurt the paint or make the wax not last as long when you don't dry, does it?
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I live in a hard water area with a black truck. So I'm basicaly screwed. Especially in Texas during the summer. I have to wash it body panel by body panel to prevent the sun from drying it off, and causing water spots. Heaven forbid the rinse sprays some droplets on an adjacent panel.
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The best way to make a dark color shine is with mothers wax. But just waxing will not help the spots at all. First the paint needs to be cleaned. Mothers makes a three stage process that is incredible. Stage one cleans the paint removing oxidation, and fine grime that gets stuck on the paint. The next stage is a polish which hades the terrible swirl marks that all trucks have. Then finally put a good coat of mothers wax(Not liquid.) Liquid wax will not last as long as the solid wax. Once all three stages done the paint will be clean and protected.
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