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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-24-2009, 03:13 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone know of a way to remove water spots from a car's winshield "that really works"?

(No steel wool, green scrubbers or anything that could possibly scratch the winshield please.)
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Hello Skyglider, At the age of 14 I started work at my grandfathers full service glass shop. Now at the age of 43, and employed as a mobile auto-glass installer, I consider myself an expert with 29 years experience. The water stains on your windshield are from the minerals in ground water and are actually etched into the glass. They can not be "washed" off. They need to be polished out. Most glass shops will have products near the counter to remove water spots. They all consist of very fine pumice powder mixed with water to form a paste. It takes a lot of elbow grease to make it work, but it will. You may also find different types of acid for removing water stains but they are very caustic and I would'nt recommed them.

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Rusty is probably right on track as I have no knowledge of the right way - but on the windows of my home
water from our sprinkler system (pond water) will get on the windows and almost turn them white - I am assuming that this is calcium deposit - I just take a rag with lots of vinegar on it - wipe the windows down and then clean them again with Windex window cleaner - they come out great. I also have used very fine steel wool (very fine 4000 grit) and again used the vinegar - but wipe very, very lightly on my pickup windows if they get sprayed with the pond water.

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RustyW and Fourleftpaws,

Thanks for your feedback. I'll try the vinegar method first. Regarding the pumice power, any recommendations for a brand? I might be able to buy it online.

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I wonder if RainX would help.

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I wonder if RainX would help.
I believe that's more for glass maintenance rather than cleaning water spots that are already there.

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Ive been the auto body business for 35 years, and my guess is acid rain. We in Mich, have seen it for quite a few years, and Rusty's is a good plan. Good luck!

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My sisters b/f's family own a water company. They sell filtered water. Lots of car wash and detail company's buy their water from them because they say it leave's no water drop spots on the car and windows. Possibly try bottled water? Or the 5 gallon things you can fill at the small markets. I believe it's all filtered.
That's what supposedly works from the local car detailing places.
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My sisters b/f's family own a water company. They sell filtered water. Lots of car wash and detail company's buy their water from them because they say it leave's no water drop spots on the car and windows. Possibly try bottled water? Or the 5 gallon things you can fill at the small markets. I believe it's all filtered.
That's what supposedly works from the local car detailing places.
Was on vacation so sorry for the delayed response. Thanks for your tip. I've been using rain water.
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