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    Many water spots on glass

    I have owned dozens of cars and have never seen water spots like on my T/A. They are on all of the glass, tried aerosol and liquid glass cleaner as well at glass wax.
    Any ideas?

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    Have you tried 0000 steel wool? Hard water scale build up is a common problem in Florida. It's going to take a ton of elbow grease to get it all. Perhaps someone will chime in with a product they've used.

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    Your not doing this while in the sun, right?

    Rain-x has a new "deep clean" product you could try. It seems to have alittle bit of a "grit" to it. But as stated b4, elbow grease might be the best product.

    You could try some rubbing alcohol. When ever I get nasty tree sap all over the DD's windshield, that's the only thing I have that will take it off.

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    This is talking about water scaling on shower doors, but same principle.

    To remove water scale, you can enlist the help of a variety of different industrial acids, including sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid, glycine acid, and barium nitrate. These cleaners help remove water scale by breaking down the deposits left on your shower. You can also remove water scale with the assistance of high pressure steaming, which causes the water scale to loosen and fall off.
    I've also read that 2 parts white vinegar to 1 part distilled water with elbow grease.
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    A mixture of two parts white vinegar to 1 part water and rubbed out with cheesecloth may do the trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tpilews View Post
    Have you tried 0000 steel wool? Hard water scale build up is a common problem in Florida. It's going to take a ton of elbow grease to get it all. Perhaps someone will chime in with a product they've used.
    Is this what you do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    Is this what you do?
    To my shower doors, yes. Haven't had any water scaling on the car windows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tpilews View Post
    To my shower doors, yes. Haven't had any water scaling on the car windows.
    I don't have too big a problem, but it's worth a shot. Maybe it'll clean up the windshield a little bit.
    I'll do a little research on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    I don't have too big a problem, but it's worth a shot. Maybe it'll clean up the windshield a little bit.
    I'll do a little research on it
    The longer scale sits on the glass, the harder it's going to be to get rid of it. It can even become permanent if left alone too long. Good luck getting it off. Once it is all off, use some rain-x or a good wax on the glass to keep the problem from reoccurring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tpilews View Post
    The longer scale sits on the glass, the harder it's going to be to get rid of it. It can even become permanent if left alone too long. Good luck getting it off. Once it is all off, use some rain-x or a good wax on the glass to keep the problem from reoccurring.
    honestly don't think i have a problem, but i figured maybe it would help clean it up real good
    i always use rainx and it works pretty good

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    Vinegar and the steel wool would both work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KahanaReef View Post
    A mixture of two parts white vinegar to 1 part water and rubbed out with cheesecloth may do the trick.
    this!

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    Claybar the windshield 1st. After that use 3M Adhesive and wax remover and use a razor
    on any of the areas left affected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superman4evr View Post
    Claybar the windshield 1st. After that use 3M Adhesive and wax remover and use a razor
    on any of the areas left affected.
    omg, my ears just imploded thinking about what that must sound like

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    Zaino glass polish and a PC, Duragloss water spot remover after each wash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by third_shift|studios View Post
    omg, my ears just imploded thinking about what that must sound like
    I guarantee it's quieter than you typing that response.

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    rain X is a great glass cleaner......as well as a rain repellant

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    I use 0000 steel wool with Weiman glass cook top cleaner and a little water.
    it does a great job of cleaning the windshield of water spots and you can get it cheap, the bottle will last a long time.
    the steel wool is around $3.00 and I think the cleaner was under $4.00, you can buy everything at walmart the cleaner is with the household cleaners and steel wool in the paint dept.

    I do my windshields in a 2' x 2' section at a time and rinse, stubborn waterspots come right off.
    hope this helps
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    I bought my car 2 weeks ago and the glass is covered in water spots. I wish i looked on here first and tried the vinegar but i found that the red Turtle Wax rubbing compound worked great. You really have to rub but it does the trick and doesnt scratch the glass. I'll try the vinegar solution on the back window tomorrow.

    Here is what the water spots on my windows looked like and what the rear window still looks like...


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    Google griots garage they sell a glass cleaner you can use on a orbital buffer and it worked on my TA. The actually sell a package with a 3" buffer and glass cleaner that's not much if you don't have a buffer.
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