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#1 (permalink) Old 09-01-2009, 11:35 PM
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Vinegar on paint???

I have some water spots on my taco, and really bad ones on my other car, that have been severely baked on. I heard vinegar will take them off, but will it also ruin the paint? is there an alternative to removing them?
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I've never tried it, but there's nothing in vinegar that can hurt paint. Hell, acid rain's all over the place, and that's worse than vinegar.
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Use distilled white vinegar. Expert car detailers have known this secret for years. If you take your car to a pro, they will tell you about the "magic acid bath" and charge you $60 or more for the pleasure of smelling like a pickle. Save the $60. Put on some gloves and get to it.

To give your car the magic acid bath, first wash your car with your normal car shampoo, rinse, and then use the distilled vinegar. Just wipe it on with a sponge, and rub it in. Do one section at a time. Let it sit 30 to 60 seconds, and then rinse. When you're done, wash the car again with car wash shampoo, and then rinse. By the way, vinegar will remove your wax, so be prepared to re-wax your car after the vinegar treatment.
If water spots are allowed to stay for more than a week or so, the minerals will etch the paint. In this case, using vinegar will remove the mineral spots, but the paint will have etched spots (dimples). It is necessary to use a polish or mild polishing compound to restore the paint surface.

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Re: Vinegar on paint???

i used it on my baby when i drove from phx to clarinda iowa to pick up a busa and got some gnarly buggage along the way on the front half of my truck. it wont hurt a thing and my truck had maybe 3k miles on it and thats a BIG maybe and i didnt sweat it. and theres been no problems so far and my truck has 58k on it now.
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I've never tried it, but there's nothing in vinegar that can hurt paint. Hell, acid rain's all over the place, and that's worse than vinegar.
Vinegar is acidic. It eats paint. If you don't water it down and/or you leave it on a long time, it will take a significant amount of paint off.

Polishing is a better way to go, because it offers more control.

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Vinegar is acidic. It eats paint. If you don't water it down and/or you leave it on a long time, it will take a significant amount of paint off.

Polishing is a better way to go, because it offers more control.
To give your car the magic acid bath, first wash your car with your normal car shampoo, rinse, and then use the distilled vinegar. Just wipe it on with a sponge, and rub it in. Do one section at a time. Let it sit 30 to 60 seconds, and then rinse. When you're done, wash the car again with car wash shampoo, and then rinse. By the way, vinegar will remove your wax, so be prepared to re-wax your car after the vinegar treatment.


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Re: Vinegar on paint???

Thanks guys. i was hoping you'd chime in glassdoc, I remembered you said you were or are a detailer. Thanks. I think I'm going to have to wax and polish the hell outta my other car, it's been baking on there for months.
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or you can clay bar the damn thing and not worry about the paint...
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should be able to pick it up anywhere boats are sold

we use it at work to detail boats that have been sitting in the off season

youll be satisfied

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Nice, I'll have to try that. thanks.
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