Shine On: Erasing Unsightly Water Spots!

Last updated on February 26th, 2024

Attention all car enthusiasts! Are you tired of those unsightly, pesky water spots ruining the shine on your beloved vehicle? Say goodbye to frustration and hello to a sparkling clean ride with expert tips on erasing those stubborn water spots. Don’t let mineral buildup and contaminants dull your car’s luster. My latest blog post, “Shine On, Erasing Unsightly Water Spots,” has you covered. Discover the best ways to prevent and remove those frustrating spots and keep your car looking showroom-ready!

Preventing Water Spots from Adhering to Your Car

Preventing water spots from adhering to and etching the clear coat of your car’s surface is more manageable than if they have already formed. Naturally, the best way to avoid spots of water is to wash and dry your vehicle’s surface regularly. Another way to prevent water spots is by applying a high-quality paint sealant like Chemical Guys Jetseal. I explained the process and need for using Jetseal in a past article called Revitalize Your Ride with Jetseal Protection. Below are some more tips to keep your vehicle spot-free.

  1. Wash your car regularly: regular washing helps to remove dirt and other contaminants that can cause water spots. Use a high-quality car wash soap and a microfiber wash mitt to clean your car’s exterior. As I mentioned in previous posts, avoid dish soap, which will strip the wax or sealants from your car’s paint, leaving it vulnerable to water spots.
  2. Dry your car after washing: after washing your vehicle, use a clean, dry, high-quality, soft microfiber towel to dry it thoroughly. Above all, dry all the unreachable areas where water collects. I use an Ego leaf blower for drying the door handles, side mirrors, emblems, grilles, and wheels. Leaving your car wet after washing significantly increases the chances of water spots.
  3. Park your car in a shaded area: Direct sunlight can cause water spots to form on your car’s surface. Park your car in a shady area, like a garage or under a tree.
  4. Use a water filter: If you live in an area with hard water, consider using a water filter when washing your car. Hard water contains high levels of minerals that can cause water spots. A water filter can help remove these minerals, leaving your car spot-free.

How to Remove Water Spots from Your Vehicle

Conversely, if you already have water spots on your car, don’t worry. Fortunately, there are ways to remove them if they haven’t etched the paint too profoundly. Following are some practical methods for removing water spots from your vehicle.

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Five ways to remove water spots:

  1. White Vinegar solution: vinegar is a natural acid that can help dissolve water spots. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and distilled water into a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the water spots, let it sit for a few minutes, and use a microfiber towel to wipe the marks away. Rinse the area with water and dry it with a clean towel.
  2. Baking soda solution: baking soda is a mild abrasive that can help remove water spots. Mix three tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of water to form a paste. Apply the paste to the water spots and gently rub it with a soft cloth. Rinse the area with water and dry it with a clean towel.
  3. Retail off-the-shelf products: several over-the-counter products are suitable for removing water spots. One product I use is the Chemical Guys Heavy Duty Water Spot Remover.
  4. Clay Bar Detailing: a clay bar is a unique detailing tool that can remove contaminants from your car’s surface, including water spots. To use a clay bar, wash and dry your vehicle. Then, apply a clay lubricant to a small section of your car. Rub the clay bar gently over the car’s surface, using back-and-forth motions. The clay bar will pick up any contaminants, including water spots. Wipe the area clean with a microfiber cloth and move on to the next section.
  5. Professional detailing: if you are uncomfortable removing water spots, consider taking your car to a professional detailer. A professional detailer has the tools and expertise to remove water spots safely and effectively. They can also recommend products and techniques to prevent water spots from forming in the future.

Steps for using Chemical Guys Heavy Duty Water Spot Remover.

  • Do not work in direct sunlight for the best results.
  • Clean the area with a quick detailing product to remove dirt, debris, and abrasive contamination.
  • Work three to five drops of Heavy Duty Water Spot Remover over a 2′ x 2′ area with your microfiber applicator.
  • Clean the area again after removing the water spots with the spot-removing gel. To neutralize it, use plenty of water, a quick detail spray, or a waterless car wash solution such as the Chemical Guys Rinse-free Wash & Shine.
  • Wax or apply a paint sealant to the surface to prevent future contamination and get your shine on, erasing unsightly water spots.

Please Note: Always apply the product to an inconspicuous test area before use. This product is not recommended for mirrors.

Below is an excellent video from the Chemical Guys to reinforce their heavy-duty water spot remover.


Consequently, if you cannot remove water spots using the above methods, it may be time to seek professional help. A professional detailer will unquestionably have the tools and expertise to help you safely get your shine on, erasing unsightly water spots from your car’s paint without causing damage. They can apply a protective coating to your car’s paint to prevent future water spots from forming.

Water spots can be a particularly frustrating problem for car owners, but there are several ways to mitigate against and remove them. Preventing water spots is critical, so be sure to wash your car regularly, use a high-quality car wash soap, and dry your car thoroughly after cleaning. If you notice water spots on your vehicle, try removing them with vinegar, baking soda, or a clay bar. If all else fails, seek professional detailing to remove the spots.

Shine On: Erasing Unsightly Water Spots!

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