Need some advice…

So, I park my car outside. And the damn sprinkler system always sprays on the side of my car. The water has  a fairly high mineral content. When the water dries (almost instantly, here in the desert), mineral deposits are left on the paint and on the window.

Simply washing the car with soap and water isn’t getting the deposits off. Even using a green scrub pad on the windows doesn’t seem to work. And I don’t want to scrub the paint off the side of the car.

Any suggestions on how to remove this buildup without ruining the finish?

10 thoughts on “Need some advice…”

  1. White vinegar would be my first, and safest choice. CLR would be my second and riskiest choice. I would dilute the vinegar 50/50 with distilled bottled water. Spray and wipe off. I don’t have a clue about CLR. Here’s the website in case the vinegar doesn’t work. Maybe you can find something there. http://www.jelmar.com/CLRbasic.htm

  2. Any chance you can install a clear plastic wall to inhibit the “sprinkling”? Or cover your car every day (I recommend a black tarp, to ensure maximum heat retention.) Or, grow grass or algae on the side of your car…. (saw that once)

    1. That’s actually the wax I use, but it isn’t getting the minerals off. I’ll try the vinegar, then the CLR. If that doesn’t work, I’ll try napalm.

  3. Awwwwww. Sorry to hear you are having these problems. I used to really need to use CLR in my cleaning regimen at one of our homes. Stuff is great, but I don’t like the smell. Good luck.

  4. I think you’re screwed. I doubt vinegar will work and my first choice would be orange oil based products which will probably be unkind to the paintwork.

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