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03-25-2013 10:21 PM
WaterDR Interesting that no one from Hawaii has chimed in. Horrible water as it is full of silica.
03-25-2013 10:18 PM
WaterDR
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Originally Posted by TJGARMA03 View Post

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!
That sounds overly robust for water spots.
03-25-2013 01:01 PM
paul65k We live an an area that has amazingly hard water with lots of deposits. Like you it doesn't come off easy and we have all been fighting this for years on our boats here in Havasu!

There is a product available called "Just Ducky" that absolutely takes off the deposits without any issues on either fiberglass or plastic BUT it costs like $12 a 32 oz bottle.....whew!! A friend here told me to add some Lysol Basin tub and tile cleaner to my water when washing and amazingly it works as well as Just Ducky.......interestingly enough it smells EXACTLY like Ducky.

We've been using this for years on our boat (which by the way costs like 4X the cost of a new Jeep) and it works phenomenally well....we actually make our own "Ducky" with it by diluting it in a spray bottle and keeping it on the boat. I've used it on cars and now the jeep as well and it works as advertised.....give it a try and you won't be disappointed.

PS.....we buy it by the case at Costco and we by 4 large bottles for around $8.....much less than anything else out there.

Good luck!
03-25-2013 12:35 PM
TJGARMA03
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Originally Posted by WaterDR View Post
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!
03-25-2013 12:27 PM
WaterDR An alkaline won't remove water spots, but it will remove organic contaminants like oils and grease.
03-25-2013 12:03 PM
TJGARMA03 I know that Ford makes a acid and alkaline neutralizer that removes water spots. Also removes any other paint contaminants.
03-25-2013 11:59 AM
WaterDR
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Originally Posted by hdb View Post
would a magic eraser hurt the coating on your rims? I havent had anything I havent been able to remove with a magic eraser.
Those are a abrasive and not sure I would try that on paint.
03-25-2013 06:26 AM
ChaddG 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.
03-25-2013 04:06 AM
hdb would a magic eraser hurt the coating on your rims? I havent had anything I havent been able to remove with a magic eraser.
03-25-2013 01:02 AM
EnglishBulldog1 Mother's and Meguiars make water spot remover. However I have not tried it. Wash and claying will also help.
03-25-2013 12:24 AM
WaterDR 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.
03-24-2013 10:33 PM
tsteb Vinegar won't ruin the paint?
03-24-2013 10:29 PM
c_goodnow If vinegar doesn't work, try using that crappy drink mix called tang. (I think thats what it is).

It comes as a powder mix, just mix some up and give it a shot. We use it a lot for getting the stains out of sinks and tubs and such.
03-24-2013 10:26 PM
Full Spool How to remove water spots by hand - Auto Geek Online Auto Detailing Forum


Show Car Garage Video: How detailing clay works and how to use detailing clay to remove above surface bonded contaminants - Auto Geek Online Auto Detailing Forum
03-24-2013 10:08 PM
mraybrake
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Originally Posted by OKLAHOMA_TJ View Post
Can someone recommend something for mud stains? This is after 2 carwashes!

Oh yeah... If you look real close, I gace hard water stains all over
Yea, get it completly covered with that way it all looks the same haha or tell people that a white paint can exploded over your brown jeep with 3D paint job... probably your 2 cheepest options.
03-24-2013 05:27 PM
SeVeReDiStOrTiOn For future use, a nice coat of wax/resin glaze will help prevent water spots from forming...and if they do form they're easy to remove.
03-24-2013 05:06 PM
sinjin vinegar will take off mineral deposits
03-24-2013 12:40 PM
4Jeepn Like most of you, I don't consider water spots a big deal..however it appears the OP does so keep that mind with your replies.
03-24-2013 12:35 PM
Raiderfan001 Since the wheels are ruined clearly the only thing left to do is throw them away and buy new ones.
03-24-2013 12:31 PM
TJDave My Jeep did not have a mark on it when I bought it.

After my first off road adventure, it came back with some nice NW Pin-striping installed.

I was so happy.


What's a water spot? What's it look like?
03-24-2013 12:14 PM
K9HDLR Try your local car wash or detail shop. I saw this sign today. These guys will know what to use that won't damage anything and you won't wear yourself out.
03-24-2013 01:06 AM
Rolf I agree with Moabrubi. Rocks or deep gritty mud will take care of them in no time. I removed the shine from my alloys with mud with great success.
03-24-2013 01:05 AM
K9HDLR
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Originally Posted by OKLAHOMA_TJ View Post
Can someone recommend something for mud stains? This is after 2 carwashes!

Oh yeah... If you look real close, I gace hard water stains all over
Haha...,
03-24-2013 12:59 AM
OKLAHOMA_TJ Can someone recommend something for mud stains? This is after 2 carwashes!


Oh yeah... If you look real close, I gace hard water stains all over
03-23-2013 11:14 PM
UnlimitedRubicon
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Originally Posted by Coronatj View Post
I think the wheels are ruined, I have hard water spots all over the wheels.

Joking?


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Originally Posted by Coronatj View Post
Appreciate it if anyone had some good ideas.

Don't sweat the small "stuff".
03-23-2013 11:10 PM
Patrick H
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Originally Posted by Dew View Post
I've got some pretty bad water spots on my hood that I haven't been able to get rid of. Would like to know if anything you try works.
Blue Magic will remove them.
03-23-2013 11:02 PM
Dew I've got some pretty bad water spots on my hood that I haven't been able to get rid of. Would like to know if anything you try works.
03-23-2013 10:55 PM
Patrick H 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.
03-23-2013 10:48 PM
Norcal73 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
03-23-2013 10:45 PM
Moabrubi Go wheeling. Rocks will take it off like nothin. If you want to sell them I don't mind water spots. I need new 15" wheels anyway .

Weird because I have never had hard water issues like that..
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