Hard water spots on windows

Discussion in 'Detailing / Cleaning' started by fullmetalone, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. fullmetalone

    fullmetalone Full Access Member

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    I'm a fairly experienced detailer, made my living for a while doing it, but i have never had to deal with hard water issues before. Out on our farm we have very hard water depending on what chemicals the rural water guru decides to pump into the system. The water spots aren't hard to get off the paint, but i can't for the life of me get them off of the windows! Any ideas?
     
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    I read somewhere (here) that you could claybar the windshield to remove spots...
     
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    I've done that, even buffed the windows. My buddy details cars on the weekends, one can learn so much from watching someone do a proper detail job.
     
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    When we bought our used motorhome it had windshield spotting; I truly didn't realize how bad it was until the first time I drove it at night; the distortion of oncoming lights made it dangerous to drive. I tried the usual home remedies and nothing worked. I ordered some Spot-X and I was amazed at how well it worked! Takes a little elbow grease, but it made the windshield look like new. Here's a link: http://www.spot-x.net/
     
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    Maybe try rain-x? I usually treat all of my windows and it works real well in the rain, maybe it will help with the spots? Try applying a couple times a couple thick coats. You may need a water spray bottle to help remove it though. I don't have hard water but it might do the trick.
     
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    Duragloss makes a product called #755 Nu-Glass. It is made for cleaning water sports off of windows. You can use it with a cotton terry cloth by hand or a cutting foam pad with a polisher. I've had good luck both way, but I obviously prefer using it with me Makita.lol

    It dusts pretty heavily, so be prepared to wash afterwards. It has the right combination of chemical cleaners and abrasives.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies! Lots of good info in here.
     
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    Squeegee the water before it dries.
     
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    None of the napas near me ever stock duragloss products...i went to walmart and picked up rainx xtreme clean havent used it et but as soon as i do ill let everyone know how it works
     
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    squeegee or water blade immediately after getting them wet. I fought that battle daily doing details. However, I finally found an in hose filter for hard water. It took me seriously like 2 months to find one. I finally did at the Tractor Supply store, but the sales guy didnt even know they carried them. Simply stumbled across it one day. Its a white cap that screws onto end of the hose, and filters the water before getting into the nozzle. They are very similar to the ones used in air tool lines.
    That made a HUGE HUGE difference. Maybe you could track one down in google!
     
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    All you need is some 0000 steel wool and some 3M fine rubbing compound. Makes the glass perfect.
     
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    A water softener and a Filter in tandem will do everything you need. That is what I used to take car of a 86 foot race boat. We had to wash it everyday and if you didn't have the filter hooked up you would be washing it again.

    I've always used vinager to remove water spots in general. Especially on glass or stainless
     
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