Water spots
#1
How do you get hard water spots off of glass? I have tried everything, heavy duty descaler, rubbing compound, vinnegar, and baking soda. Any ideas?
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#2
Im having the same issue, if they are really bad I think your stuck with them. I have been able to get a few tough ones off with a brand new sharp razor blade and some 000 Steel Wool. I've used absolutely everything as well and really the brand new sharp razor blade and some 000 Steel Wool seems to be the best.
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#3
(11-17-2009, 03:12 PM)1972 Mach 1 Wrote: Im having the same issue, if they are really bad I think your stuck with them. I have been able to get a few tough ones off with a brand new sharp razor blade and some 000 Steel Wool. I've used absolutely everything as well and really the brand new sharp razor blade and some 000 Steel Wool seems to be the best.

I am going to try this stuff called Spot X.
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#4
Jeff let me know how that works out for you. I have heard of it just never tried it. My worst window is the rear fastback glass near the bottom.
Since we talked about this I wanted to give as much information regarding this problem in case other people need this answer and also to narrow down what does or doesn't work.

I also hope if any other members have some insight into water spots feel free to add comments as well.

   
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2. Working in a small 4 or 5 inch area, scrub very hard in a back and forth motion (not circular). Using 2 or 3 fingers on the pad works well. Don't be afraid to use a little elbow grease ( it's a lot cheaper than a new piece of glass or chrome ). After rinsing the small area with water and revealing the newly cleaned area will give you the incentive to finish the rest.
3. Now finish the rest of the project and rinse with clean water, then show all your friends.

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#5
I have had good luck with using CLR or even a bathroom cleaner called The Works. CLR works better IMO once I am done I polish in some Rain-X
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#6
(08-24-2010, 09:40 PM)TFFTR1 Wrote: I have had good luck with using CLR or even a bathroom cleaner called The Works. CLR works better IMO once I am done I polish in some Rain-X

Ill have to try that, at this point I'm desperate, the glass on my Mach is close to being replaced so hopefully this works.
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#7
(08-24-2010, 09:40 PM)TFFTR1 Wrote: I have had good luck with using CLR or even a bathroom cleaner called The Works. CLR works better IMO once I am done I polish in some Rain-X

I agree, once it is clean use Rain-X. I've been using it since the 70's. It makes the glass very slick and you don't even need to use the wipers if your cruising down the road over 40 MPH. I use it on my daily drivers too.
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#8
My Honda hatchback's windows were so bad, I couldn't see crap driving into the sun. Nothing worked (Texas hard water is the worst) - no CLR, no Lime-away, no hydrogen peroxide, no steel wool & razor blades... nada. I went to a local detail shop and they told me to try some of their acid wheel cleaner. Mixed up a batch (it's concentrated) and carefully sprayed it on (even though it doesn't hurt the paint - I wasn't taking chances). Gave it a minute or so to 'cook,' and wiped it off. Then hit it with some regular glass cleaner after - Perfect!

Of course, at that point, you need to make sure you treat the windows with something that will inhibit the adhesion of the minerals in the water. Rain-X seems to work - anything that will make the water bead-up on the glass... just like waxing the paint does.

Hope this helps someone.
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#9
I also live in Texas and the company I work for drives all black cars. Water spots are always a problem and the boss wants them spotless. I have found distilled vinegar works great. Mix it about 50% RO water and vinegar. Just pour it over the vehicle and wait a few seconds, then rinse with RO water.
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