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Water spots on your vehicle

Updated: Jan 22, 2023

What are water spots?

Water spots are caused by acid rain with high amounts of nitric and sulfuric acids. In Florida, water spots are mostly from hard water. This can be from a sprinkler system or not drying the vehicle after washing it. When the car is left to dry with hard water on it, mineral deposits such as calcium, lime, and silica are left behind as the water evaporates.

How to remove these water spots.

1. Wash your car. If the water spots are new, wash your vehicle and dry it before it dries itself. This probably would not remove the water spots that have been on the car for a long time but it will get you ready for step two.

2. Use a white vinegar mix. Mix two parts of white vinegar with one part of distilled water. Put it in a spray bottle and in a small section spray the mixture onto the water spots. Let it dwell for a couple of minutes and then remove or dry it with a microfiber cloth. Repeat this process if you see that water spots are going away but not 100% gone. This should remove water spots that have not been on the vehicle for a long time. If that did not work try #3.

3. Use a dedicated water spot removal chemical. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Park the car in the shade and only work on small sections of the vehicle at a time. Here are some examples of water spot removal chemicals. They all pretty much do the same, so the brand does not matter. Make sure you read the instructions.

4. If the water spot removal chemical did not work, then it’s time for the professionals at Fresh Eco Steam Cleaning to step in. The water spots were left on the vehicle for a long period and the sun has baked or etched the water spots into the paint. This means that in most cases the water spots are no longer on the surface of the paint and have created a crater. This means that we now must polish the paint. We must use a compound and polish to level out the surface and remove the etching from the water spots. The same process will be applied to the painted, plastic, and glass surfaces.

Now that we have compounded and polished the paint, the water spots will be gone. This process will also remove some of the scratches and enhance the paint. This will make the paint and vehicle look new again. Your vehicle will look 10 times better than before.

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