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Old 04-09-2012, 04:24 PM   #1
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I dont know how to get these water spots off my windows and side mirrors. I have tried Vinegar and water, mothers hard water spot remover and a couple of other products with no difference. Should i take it to a detail shop? It looks horrible and i cant get them off!
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:45 PM   #2
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Heard that MX-7 had some really good products for that, i have no experience with them but you might try reading up about it.

http://mx-7.com/
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:45 PM   #3
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....a detail shop would certainly be an alternative and (assuming they are experienced/good at what they do) I am sure they can help resolve your problem.

Having said that, I have used products like Chemical Guys Water Spot Remover with good results in the past. You just need to make sure you use personal protection and follow directions. Decon products like Valugard ABC and FinisnKare Decon Kit may work as well. Another option would be abrasion with a polish.

Some claim to use Bon Ami with good results and /or steel wool. ....although I have used the former in the past, I haven't tried it on the seemingly softer glasses we have these days. That's not to say it isn't safe but I would hate to mar a window and have to replace it.


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Old 04-09-2012, 06:47 PM   #4
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water mixed with vinegar has worked for me every time..
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:08 PM   #5
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I tried vinegar and it didnt work. I believe that the spots are "etched" into the glass so some kind of abrasive will probably have to be used. I heard barkeepers friend works and i think that is similar to bon ami. It is just so hideous looking.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:43 PM   #6
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i have the exact same issue and have been meaning to ask. while parked in an underground, a pipe over head leaked water onto the windshield. i tried clay barring, a vinegar mix, and glass cleaners but nothing seems to work.

i was considering mother's water spot remover but you mentioned you didn't have any luck with it. my second option was chemical guys water spot remover. there is also a product made by permatex called no touch gs8 auto glass stripper.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:24 PM   #7
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I have a feeling its going to take some kind of abrasive or wet sanding for mine. I am going to try the chemical guys water spot removing and if that doesn't work i am going to take it to a detail shop to see what they can do.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:36 PM   #8
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I have a feeling its going to take some kind of abrasive or wet sanding for mine. I am going to try the chemical guys water spot removing and if that doesn't work i am going to take it to a detail shop to see what they can do.
....hope it works for you. I had some bad water etching/staining all over my 2010 Challenger when it was new. I told them not to touch it and that i would take of it myself. CG WSR removed 99% of the problem on the paint and all of the spotting from the glass. Since you would be just using it on your glass, I would make sure to keep runoff onto your paint at a minimum and don't let it dry. I had a bucket of wash solution I would use to wash each section after rinsing as I went.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:51 PM   #9
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Thanks for the tip. Getting some of that stuff tomorrow. I hope it works my windows look like absolute crapola.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:18 PM   #10
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I used to have that issue til I used a little bit of compound on a micro fiber towel.. works wonders! The next time ur car gets wet, try drying it right away, but for a quick fix, id suggest using compound.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:43 PM   #11
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Some will disagree with me, but I have the hard water here and the glass on our MS3 was terrible. Best thing I used was #0000 steel wool with some alcohol and a few drops of soap mixed with distilled water (so to not wind up with more spots). Once you get them off, keep a good coat of rain-x or some other kind of glass protectant.
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Old 04-12-2012, 05:07 PM   #12
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Ok, I went and got some 0000 steel wool. I mixed up a solution of distilled water, vinegar, and a few drops of dawn and wen to work on the windows and side view mirrors. I could feel the wool scratching the spots off! i was so excited. Washed the car when i was done and looked at everything and to my surprise the spots were still there! but it did take off all the spots on my sideview mirrors. Maybe its just going to take a few scrubs to get them all the way off.
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:56 PM   #13
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....careful with the mirrors. At least in my own experience I have found they can be quite sensitive to scratching in some cases.
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:27 AM   #14
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Any update on what worked, or is it still a work in progress?
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:06 AM   #15
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yeah... it's not a magical cure using the steel wool, but it does take a few times. I only did a small area at a time.
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:59 PM   #16
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I have done the steel wool treatment twice now. It looks better every time I do it. They are still there but a little less noticeable. This is such a pain.
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:05 PM   #17
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I typically use a good clay bar & lube and that takes care of it.
Suprised no one mentionned that option yet.
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:46 PM   #18
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I typically use a good clay bar & lube and that takes care of it.
Suprised no one mentionned that option yet.
That will not be sufficient enough to remove all water spots because clay bar removes surface contaminants, while water spots have etched the surface of the clear coat later.
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Yeah they are etched in. Who knows how long they were on there before I bought the car. I don't think I will ever totally get them off.
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Eww I usually say invisible glass aerosol spray, but you might be to the point of wet sand and polish like what you find in a headlight repair kit. I've never done it before, I'm just thinking it might be a direction you might want to look into.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:57 PM   #21
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Eww I usually say invisible glass aerosol spray, but you might be to the point of wet sand and polish like what you find in a headlight repair kit. I've never done it before, I'm just thinking it might be a direction you might want to look into.
....correction on glass cannot be treated the same as you would paint, polycarbonate, etc. Car compounds/polishes will not work the same on your windows in that respect. Something like a slurry of cerium oxide is a different story.
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Yeah they are etched in. Who knows how long they were on there before I bought the car. I don't think I will ever totally get them off.
If you keep up with the steel wool, they will come out, but as I said... it's not a magic cure. It was the ONLY thing that worked for me and I tried a vinegar soaked towel that I left on the window for 10 minutes... never touched it. Finally I had to use the steel wool. I just did a small section at a time and also moved in different directions. I would try water mixed with rubbing alcohol as well. For some reason it seemed to work.
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....I would also still consider a chemical WSR but that's just me.
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I've had bad experiences with water spots :-/ I had an 04 Tahoe that I literally got rid of because I was so sick of the water spots. Goodluck! Go to a pro!
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MX7 with steel wool. Depending on how heavy the waterspots(years of accumulation), you will have to go lightly on the first coat, then rub slightly harder. If its more than 3 years of waterspot accumulation, then you have to go light the first coat, then slightly harder the next few coats until the waterspots are removed.
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