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Old 07-09-2018, 08:16 PM
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So I moved to a new house a couple of months ago and my baby has to sleep outside. I usually cover it when I think it is going to rain but I got caught off-guard a few times. As a result, this happened:
so saaaaaad

First it really upsets me but more importantly I canít get rid of it, I spent approximately 20 minutes rubbing it with a towel damped in soap but itís still here.
So my question to you all week end warriors out there is:
How the F do I get rid of it?
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Meguiar's clay kit, and watch a few how-to vids.
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I would drop a note to Detailed Image along with your picture.

You can find their contact info in our Vendor Directory located in the upper right part of this page.
I'm confident they can fix you up with a cutting polish that will make your finish right as rain again (pun intended).
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It's probably overkill, but I use this and it fixes otherwise impossibly water-spotted windshields in about 5 minutes.

1. Griot's Garage glass polishing pad (Item# 10614)
2. Griot's Garage fine glass polish (Item# 11017)
3. Any 6" or 3" random orbital polisher
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Hi guys, thanks for your quick replies!
Thank you Uncle B for the recommendation, however before going for the pro option, my week end warrior self would like to try the old home made trick ahaha
Zakmartin, basically your recommendation is polishing with compound and a machine right?
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:43 AM
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Zakmartin, basically your recommendation is polishing with compound and a machine right?
Yup. Like you, I've tried various window cleaners and rags with no success. The polish and pad work like a charm. I first tried the buffer several years ago after I parked my Z in a garage under a leaking fire sprinkler pipe and nothing would get the spots off the windshield. I took a trip from Seattle to the Griot's Garage flagship store in Tacoma to see if they had a better system on the shelf (I buy most, but not all, of my detailing products from them.) The salesman actually cleaned the windshield for me to convince me that the product worked.
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Originally Posted by RD10000 View Post
Hi guys, thanks for your quick replies!
Thank you Uncle B for the recommendation, however before going for the pro option, my week end warrior self would like to try the old home made trick ahaha
Zakmartin, basically your recommendation is polishing with compound and a machine right?
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Yup. Like you, I've tried various window cleaners and rags with no success. The polish and pad work like a charm. I first tried the buffer several years ago after I parked my Z in a garage under a leaking fire sprinkler pipe and nothing would get the spots off the windshield. I took a trip from Seattle to the Griot's Garage flagship store in Tacoma to see if they had a better system on the shelf (I buy most, but not all, of my detailing products from them.) The salesman actually cleaned the windshield for me to convince me that the product worked.
Pretty sure Bryan was referring to the vendor Detailed Image for PRODUCTS to take care of your issues, not to have someone actually do it.

To clarify, am I mistaken here but isn't the spotting on a painted surface? Zak mentions glass and glass products a couple of times and now I'm confused.

In any event, I've never met a water spot that didn't meet its match when facing my Porter Cable polisher and various polishes.
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Wow, Mic, you're right dude. I took a look at the photo and figured it was a windshield (nice reflections on the black). Like you said, buffer and polishes will do the trick.
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Shy of a dual action polisher and compound, Meguiars cleaner/scratch remover by hand ought to do the trick. Those spots cannot be rain water. Gots to be something else.
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You might try a mixture of half water and half vinegar. The acid in the vinegar might remove the water spots. The problem with advising products is the original poster is in Kuala Lumpur and I don't have a clue what detailing products are available there.
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Shy of a dual action polisher and compound, Meguiars cleaner/scratch remover by hand ought to do the trick. Those spots cannot be rain water. Gots to be something else.
I dunno.... the water here in San Jose, CA is pretty hard (lots of calcium and such) that leave water spots on everything that are a bish to remove. Thass why I own a polisher and 4-5 different grades of polish. (Also why I filter the water that goes into water-using products in the house.... Keurig, vaporizer, washers.)

On the other hand, the rain here tends to leave spotting too but not nearly as bad as the tap stuff.
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depends if the spot etched into the clear cloth enough where you will need to a poliser to take out. I would start with just simple wax and microfiber towel to see if it comes out.

you can also try some cleaner wax or polish/compound. if by this point you don't see a difference its time to get a buffer.
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Hi guys!
First of all thank you all for your help I did not think I'd get this much!
I asked a detailer who has a workshop nearby, he told be to polish it too and hand me a product called ecoshine finish f3 from a company called IGL Coatings, it worked really well and my paint looks almost new again. I just ned to have it recoated
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Nice ending!

Someone else recently mentioned products from this company, IGL. Hmmm...
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You just need to have it "recoated"?
I'm a big fan of polishing as I did a full paint correction late last year for the first time but I just thought it was overkill for that small area and the type of blemish.
Hard water spots remove easily with a cleaner/wax or scratch remover & by hand in my experience and for glass, several companies make specific products which work equally well.
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Coatings are semi permanent sealant like materials but they bond to the paint. They last longer, 1-2 years for the consumer stuff, and are supposed to reduce the effort of cleaning the car while slightly protecting from scratches. Cquartz is a well known coating. They basically require the car to be polished before application, to insure the paint is perfectly clean, and if you need to remove them it requires mechanical abrasion.
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Oh, so you think op has a ceramic type coating? I know about coatings but it didn't occur to me that op's car was coated. If it is and he still ended up with these hard water spots, that would be a bumber.
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Thats what Im guessing and you right it be a total bummer if it was. I've never used it, but Carpro spotless is supposed to be able to dissolve water spots. It's a mild acid but it might give someone another option before needing to compound and polish.
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Carpro spotless doesn't work nearly as well as Porter-Cable, it's a waste of money.
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