Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts!

Go Back   Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts! > >
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Welcome to Ford Ranger Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread

  #1  
Old 07-02-2010, 05:26 PM
09rangerdanger 09rangerdanger is offline
Learning to use the forums
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 3
Default Water spot trouble

Hey guys, first post. I am having a heck of a time getting water spots out of my paint. I've tried vinegar, and I've tried the clay bar. No luck so far. Any tips? I'll post some pictures.




Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-02-2010, 07:08 PM
mickblock mickblock is offline
Get off my lawn
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,059
Default Re: Water spot trouble

You can final rinse with distilled water from the grocery store if you have a hard time "catching up" when drying your car on a hot day.

Those are some mean lookin spots. Has all that been waxed over 'cause usually a rewash will take care of waterspots. Think about using scratchX before you wax. It gets rid of swirl marks too.

__________________
08 4.0 Sport 4x4
Stock
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-02-2010, 08:21 PM
Clinton Clinton is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 14,049
Default Re: Water spot trouble

I have detailed cars like that, just use meguiars ultimate compound, you will have to go over it a few times adding more compound and put some muscle behind it. Then coat it with a good paste wax

Last edited by Clinton; 07-02-2010 at 08:26 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-02-2010, 10:12 PM
More_Cowbell More_Cowbell is offline
Chrome Dont Get You Home
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,169
Default Re: Water spot trouble

i find that nu-finish gets rid of water spots on my moms hunter green explorer my trucks semi-flat black so i dont use wax on it haha
__________________
1990 Ranger Extended Cab
2.9L V6 5 Speed Transmission
Planning to put a 347 and a T-5 in it eventually

Quote:
Originally Posted by FireRanger View Post
It looks like someone attacked the front of the truck with a bedazzler.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-02-2010, 11:21 PM
Jp7 Jp7 is offline
DISABLE ADBLOCK: LOLZ
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,438
Default Re: Water spot trouble

i have really crappy water where i live and i get those on my IX and my 04 edge. I hate it. Have to dry it real fast. Also I find its better to wash closer to when the sun is going down so by the time its time to dry it off I have no sun on it (my house blocks it from the west late enough) Nice thing is the IX is really small and less area to wash but the truck has alot of surface area.
__________________
Looking for a professional retrofitter to add HIDs or LEDs to your Ranger? PM me if your looking to have work done, and have cash to spend.

Quote:
Originally Posted by FireRanger View Post
I'm dying to see this at night. Someone go tell the sun to give up already.
Quote:
Originally Posted by beef08 View Post
Your the man, you bring our dreams to a reality within the lighting spectrum
Quote:
Originally Posted by BCobe View Post
Jp7 you always do AMAZING work! Hats off to you sir
Quote:
Originally Posted by FireRanger View Post
People so often confuse "hating" with "knowing better".
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-03-2010, 12:31 AM
beef08 beef08 is offline
Oh Yup!
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 2,695
Default Re: Water spot trouble

yea use a rubbing compound, wash it, then polish, then wax it
__________________
"I thought this was America!"-Randy Marsh

2003 fx4 4.10, maxed tbars, 5000k HIDS 3157 silverstar bulbs, expo ohc, alons mag light holder, 06+ tails, throttle cable mod, air box mod
360tag:BEEFS7A7US
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-03-2010, 02:37 AM
Ranger Sport Ranger Sport is offline
Ford Ranger Driver
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 2,137
Default Re: Water spot trouble

Would a real wax job (not the car wash additive) prevent that? My truck does the same thing when i get sprinkler water on it, or just a light rain. Usually, moderate to heavy rain will wash it all away and my truck's paint will look like a clean mirror afterwards.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-03-2010, 05:54 AM
Clinton Clinton is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 14,049
Default Re: Water spot trouble

Yeah after the meguiars compound, I use the paste wax meguiars gold class (black can), then I use the meguiars NXT tech wax(paste). After that nothing sticks to it! Use an orbital buffer to apply everything then take it off by hand with a micro fiber cloth.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-03-2010, 06:23 AM
09rangerdanger 09rangerdanger is offline
Learning to use the forums
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 3
Default Re: Water spot trouble

After I tried the vinegar yesterday, I did put wax over it to still keep the shine from a distance. Problem is, those water spots have been there for a while, so I think it's actually etched into the paint. I'll have to try the compound though. Do I need to get a buffer or anything, cuz I'm a little short on cash and would prefer to do it by hand.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-03-2010, 06:29 AM
Clinton Clinton is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 14,049
Default Re: Water spot trouble

Try the meguiars compound out, its safe for the clear coat. The buffers I use are the 7inch craftsman, they run about 50.00 with the warranty at sears, it comes with 1 applicator bonnett. You will either have to wash the bonnet or buy 2 more for each thing you apply. Doing it by hand may not get it out completely, you can muscle it more with the buffer.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 07-03-2010, 06:37 AM
09rangerdanger 09rangerdanger is offline
Learning to use the forums
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 3
Default Re: Water spot trouble

I guess since I'm going to spend the money anyway....buffer or dual action polisher? I keep hearing awesome things about the latter. And also, washing the truck with water with dawn in it should take the wax off right?
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 07-03-2010, 06:43 AM
mickblock mickblock is offline
Get off my lawn
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,059
Default Re: Water spot trouble

Every micro abrasive I've used works by hand. Buffers are a pain in the ass. Except for doing the lower doors. Then I don't mind them!
__________________
08 4.0 Sport 4x4
Stock
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 07-03-2010, 06:57 AM
Clinton Clinton is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 14,049
Default Re: Water spot trouble

I use car wash, the compound takes the wax off easily. Just get an orbital buffer, not a high speed buffer. The unexperienced people run the chance of burning off the clear coat and the paint with high speed ones, plus they are alot more money. Try to stay away from using detergents like dawn on your truck, its not good for it, stick to carwash made specifically for cars.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 07-06-2010, 08:15 AM
FX4 FX4 is offline
I make paint shine!
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 842
Default Re: Water spot trouble

Quote:
Originally Posted by 09rangerdanger View Post
I guess since I'm going to spend the money anyway....buffer or dual action polisher? I keep hearing awesome things about the latter. And also, washing the truck with water with dawn in it should take the wax off right?
http://www.fordrangerforum.com/clean...html#post33136
__________________
2002 Ranger XLT FX4

Got new wheels? Post them here: http://www.fordrangerforum.com/wheel...ence-page.html
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 07-06-2010, 08:18 AM
FX4 FX4 is offline
I make paint shine!
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 842
Default Re: Water spot trouble

on a side note a couple things to think about to help remove, avoid the water spots:
-wash car in shade, if none is available try a rinseless wash like ONR and wash it in your garage.
-if you can't do that, you can buy a cheap 10x10 canopy at walmart to help give you shade
-when you dry your vehicle with your drying towel, spray you towel a couple times with a quick detailer, it will help lubricate the towel to prevent further scratching and help remove fresh water spots
-lastly... wash and dry your car panel by panel (wash your hood, then dry it right away, wash your fender, then dry it right away... ect.)

Rafal
__________________
2002 Ranger XLT FX4

Got new wheels? Post them here: http://www.fordrangerforum.com/wheel...ence-page.html
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dead spot in acceleration from idle? xdoomx 4.0 SOHC / 4.0 OHV Tech 15 12-15-2010 05:37 AM
Available Water surfer03133 Off Topic 17 03-22-2010 06:14 PM
Took the 04 too the new spot by the river Sonic04edge Vehicle Snapshots 12 03-08-2010 06:14 PM
We picked out our wedding spot! dixie_boysles Off Topic 14 10-03-2009 06:24 PM
new spot dangerranger83 Site Announcements, Comments and Suggestions 10 09-11-2009 07:32 AM