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Old 03-18-2017, 01:54 AM   #1
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Water Spot Removal

So I took in delivery of my 17 MDX a little over a month now. Since the color I chose is Crystal Black Pearl as I know it can be very hard to maintain. I decided to put a coat of Ceramic Pro coating in the near future.
I had my car washed twice already at a self car wash. Now it was time for me to wax my car. The thing I have encountered on darker car is that you can easily see water spot on the surface. I am not sure is it because how the dealership handle its car OR is it because the self car wash place I've been using have bad water. But regardless, I am having a pretty hard time on removing water spots. I started at the rear trunk section for more than an hour and it has been a very tedious job. I started using the Meguiar Water Spot Remover on small section. But the more pressure I applied on by using a microfiber towel, I can see swirl marks even though it does helps a little to remove some water spot. But to remove the swirl marks, I apply the Meguiar Ultimate Polish to remove those swirl marks. I have not observed the entire car if I have any water spot but I'm pretty sure I do as I started working on the rear side panel and rear passenger side door tonight and took more over 2 hours both by hand and using an orbital polisher just to remove as much water spot as I can. It kind of get to the point where the water spot are etched onto the body

My question is what is the BEST solution for my to remove all the water spot build up on the surface with a short amount of time? Like what step I should take? Another question is am I using the right application? For the pass 2 night I have been using a mixture of Meguiar application: Cleaner Wax, Water Spot Remover, Ultimate Polish and Polishing Compound. I also use microfiber towels and a red/black hand applicator pad. Plus an orbital polisher.

Should I also clay the entire car to remove SOME of the water spot?

I assume the reason why I have so many water spot is MAYBE because the dealership was parked by the sprinkler or maybe the worker just spray the water and did not have the time to dry it on time.

Here are some pic of the water spot..










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i had to claybar the whole car when i had water spot problems. It was a long process.
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I will try clay bar this weekend as my project. I remember reading some where that clay bar will work. Will give it a shot!

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There are no short cuts.

Full detail needed.

FYI; my family has three vehicles.... None have watersports because I maintain the paint.

No short cuts in life
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Swirls after using pressure with microfiber are caused by dust being rubbed against the paint.

To get the full potential use out of the megiuars deep crystal polish you'll need a buffer/polisher along with some cutting/finishing pads.
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Fly me out and I'll take care of the full detail for you, KB1
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I've found that the Autoscrub Nanoskin works really well as a clay replacement. Easier to use and if you drop the sponge you don't have to throw it out. I can "clay" the entire vehicle in under 30mins.
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Nanoskin is the way to go
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So I started with the least aggressive way of removing water spot by buying a clay bar kit last night. Spray and clayed. Wipe it down. Water spot still there.

Next step, I use Cleaner Wax with my orbital polisher. Buff it and wipe it down. Water spot still there but helps a little.

Finally, a little aggressive way by using the Water Spot Remover wax with orbital polisher. Buff it and wipe it down per section. I do see a lot of improvement. I would need to go over certain area couple of time.
I guess this solution is somewhat the best I can solve by removing water spot. I do see A LOT of swirl marks. But I will polish it again with the Cleaner Wax and then Polisher compound.
It took me about almost 4 hours just to finish up the passenger front and rear doors and rear panel.

Will update later this week and progress.
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I have not tried it myself, but I've been told that a vinegar solution can also remove water spots. Same goes for denatured alcohol and mineral spirits, but I'd be VERY careful with the MS. Strips more than just the wax off the paint.
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Yes I have heard about mixture of vinegar and water. But after looking at AutoGeekCar Forum as I have what it is call Type II water spot where it etched onto the body of the paint.
There is a link here where it gives you a how to water spot removal process

https://acurazine.com/forums/wash-wa.../#post15982521
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Got it. I gave up on the wife's CBP and trying to stay after the water spots. It was just too much trouble. However I am a stickler for spots on the glass and that's what typically catches my OCD.
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Im picky too on where I park. I think the water spot was the sprinkler from the dealership. Oh well...will see. Good I have a spare car to drive around since my MDX in the garage all taped up
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When I chamois my mdx after a wash,it removes the water spots and I have hard water. Just lucky I guess.
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I've found that the Autoscrub Nanoskin works really well as a clay replacement. Easier to use and if you drop the sponge you don't have to throw it out. I can "clay" the entire vehicle in under 30mins.
Which grade nanoskin do you recommend?
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Which grade nanoskin do you recommend?
I have a combo pack that is Medium & Fine. Both work well for my needs for "mostly maintained" paint. I actually started with the Fine on my truck and it was sufficient. I bought the Medium for my parent's vehicles that usually only get washed by mother nature and it worked very well. I also have their 7" towel (one side cloth, one side Nanoskin - the towel is green) that works REALLY well on wheels.
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