The jeep has been parked in the driveway for a while. I hadn't noticed that the sprinklers had been hitting my wheels on the right side of the jeep. I think the wheels are ruined, I have hard water spots all over the wheels.
Tried some cleaning today, including some Meguiars water spot removal, as well as some spray and play wipe and wash stuff. The Meguiars did not work. I think my wheels are blown, and it looks like shit. So pissed.
The mineral content of the water out here is brutal. Anyone have any ideas besides adjusting my efen sprinklers?
I will try some white vinegar and distilled water tomorrow see how that goes. I've heard Duragloss works, but who knows.
CLR (calcium lime rust) will remove the water spots but I dont know if it will do anything bad to the rims. We have hard water too and its a circus making sure the sprinklers never hit the cars.....might try clr on a small spot to test. Good luck let us know
I use Blue Magic metal polish to remove water spots from my windows. It won't hurt your powder coating. I also used it to remove stains from forest fire smoke/ rain (yes, rain and heavy smoke together) from the paint on my white truck.
Wash the thing, then rinse it with distilled or demineralized water. Distilled water is devoid of all minerals which makes the water "hungry" for minerals and will want to dissolve hardness deposits. Adding a weak acid like vinegar will help the process and should not hurt the paint. You don't need that much vinegar and can alter based on results. It works great on windows.
I have not ever tried this, but you could also add a few drops of jet dry to your rinse water. Jet dry i think is basically citric acid. Try it in one spot first. Frankly, distilled water may do the trip. It has always removed water spots for me. But, if the spots are old and really baked in you will need to drop the pH or use a clay bar.
BTW, it all depends on what caused the spots.....as in, what was in your water. If you have been using hard water that is also high in silica, it will be much, much harder to remove the spots. If the spots are a combination of a little soap and hardness, they can look really bad, but should be easy to remove. Soap scum is basically calcium-phosphate but it will readily dissolve in clean water.
The best tricks to avoid spots are to always wash and rinse with soft water and avoid direct sunlight. Also, never let the thing air dry.
I do like the idea of giving the Jeep a mud bath! you will never see the spots after a bath like Oklahoma Tjs
Try a non scratching buffing compound or buffing pad.
Can we see some pictures of your water spots? In case someone else has this problem.
An alkaline won't remove water spots, but it will remove organic contaminants like oils and grease.
It's a 2 part process that's why I mentioned it. Alkaline neutralizer and acid neutralizer. Works really well but you have to be careful with this stuff. Also will need to be compounded, polished, and wax again as the 2 steps removes EVERYTHING!