Removing Water Marks

Removing Water Marks

by admin, September 24, 2020

Removing Water Marks

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Water marks are one of the most common issues that car owners face. Water marks are caused by the deposits, sediments, or minerals that are found in unfiltered water. Deposits often take the form of minerals that may be found in tap water or sprinkler water. Deposits can also be found in the pollutants that pour down in the form of rain during the winter season. We understand that they can be frustrating and hard to deal with so today we are going to walk you through a few tricks to help you remove those unwanted marks from your car. 

If you can catch water marks early enough a simple detailing spray will do the trick. Apply the detailing spray directly on the water mark, let it sit for a couple of minutes, and simply wipe it off with a microfiber towel. If the detailing spay does not get rid of the marks right away try again as it might take two or three attempts. If detailing spray does not work after three attempts, this means that too much time has elapsed between the water settling in and being baked on. If this is the case, you need to try another solution. 

An alternative to detailing spray that might work more effectively is good old vinegar. This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. If using this method, fill a small container with vinegar and soak a sponge in the solution. Do not rub on the water spot but instead let the vinegar stain the water mark spot itself. After a couple of minutes thoroughly wash the surface with clean water. Again, if the water marks are being stubborn, you might have to give this a try two to three times. 

If the two options above do not work, you are probably going to have to turn to paint cleaner or polish. Paint cleaners will work with stubborn water marks because they are designed specifically to cater to defects below the surface. Polish will work because it removes a little bit of the paint to level it out. By polishing, the upper layer of paint coat is leveled out with the lower layers where the defects might have reached. The only downside to using paint cleaner or polish is that you might have to have a professional do it for you, which is more often than not, pretty expensive. 

The best way to deal with water marks is to just catch them early. If you catch them early, they will be easy to remove. Use these tricks listed above to help you deal with those unwanted water marks on your car. 

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