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The entire right side of my '07 Edge has hard water spots. I've tried the commercial products to no avail. Does anyone have any ideas on removing the spots?

 

Thanks in advance!

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The entire right side of my '07 Edge has hard water spots. I've tried the commercial products to no avail. Does anyone have any ideas on removing the spots?

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Clay bar.

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Vinegar. Distilled white vinegar on a damp rag.

I own a body shop in ohio, have it professionally polished, and then use a good polymer sealant, wizards is one of the best, you can get it online or at local paint shop or I can send it to you. That will keep your water spots from reoccuring. Hope this helps.

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Vinegar. Distilled white vinegar on a damp rag.

 

Ditto, hard water spots are calcium chloride, calcium carbonate, etc. Mild acid [vinegar is acetic acid] will remove these spots without using abrasion to remove them. Clay if desired and wax after.

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Is vinegar really safe for a car finish? I know that vinegar is bad for clear plastic, because the acid will make it cloudy, so wouldn't it do the same thing to the clear coat finish?

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Is vinegar really safe for a car finish? I know that vinegar is bad for clear plastic, because the acid will make it cloudy, so wouldn't it do the same thing to the clear coat finish?

Vinegar is acetic acid, not to be confused with acetone, or nail polish remover. Vinegar shouldn't craze plastic. Acetone will craze most acrylics, which are used for most transparent applications, where glass is too expensive or too heavy.

 

Try vinegar in inconspicuous spot first, or on something else with hard water spots on it, like your shower head or faucet. Observe how it works on other sacrifical plastic items you have. After you are comfortable with its cleaning properties, try it on your car.

 

BTW, goof off is acetone, straight up, and that stuff is way more harmful than vinegar. It's touted as safe, I don't let that shit get anywhere near anything I like.

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Only if you leave it on there for weeks or months. Use the vinegar, wash it off when you're done and it's fine. If you can drink it then it usually won't hurt clearcoat. :)

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Only if you leave it on there for weeks or months. Use the vinegar, wash it off when you're done and it's fine. If you can drink it then it usually won't hurt clearcoat. :)

 

Heh, Up here in Canada we put vinegar on our fries lol.

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Heh, Up here in Canada we put vinegar on our fries lol.

 

And fried fish, right?

 

I was going to suggest pickle juice.

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And fried fish, right?

 

I was going to suggest pickle juice.

 

No, Akirby, the pickle juice is for dirty martinis.

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Add a small amount of baking soda to the mix, = a mild abrasion helps with the tough spots.

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I never used it on a car, but I used a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar to remove the hard water spots on the black gel coat on the hull of my boat. works like a charm.

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