Having water marks or spots on your car can mar the look of the paint job. While it seems as if those little oval circles will disappear the moment, you get a wet cloth and wipe it, it won’t. Unfortunately, the moment you do that, and the car is dry; the marks will return.
However, it’s not the end of the world because you can use simple products at home to get water spots off your car.

Causes of Water Spots

Washing your car can cause water spots in the first place which may cause you to wonder if every time you clean your car will the spots reappear? Fortunately, if you follow these simple steps, you won’t have to worry about water spots anymore. You’ll have to wash down your car before using these methods anyway to remove particles on the exterior. Also, washing your car a second time might help get rid of these water spots too.

Two Bucket Method

To use this method, you’ll need to have a bucket with warm soapy water and another bucket with clean water to rinse. You’ll also need a towel made from microfiber to dry it.

Soak the washcloth in warm soapy water and use it to clean up the car. After doing this, you wash the washcloth in the bucket with the clean water, then once again soak it in the water containing soap and proceed with washing.

You should only wash your car when it’s cool. It’s best to use a hose when rinsing the soap from your car. As soon as you’re finished rinsing, start drying it from the very top all the way down to the bottom. If you have others helping you, it will lessen your chance of having water spots. If this method doesn’t work, you can also try using water that is distilled as this water doesn’t contain minerals that cause build-up after use.

Using commercial removers

One of the most useful ways to remove watermarks from the surface of your car is using a commercial watermark remover. While all commercial spot cleaners have different chemical ingredients, they all have similar things: distilled water for the base, solvent, mineral oils as a lubricant, conditioners, and buffers.
These removers do their best on chrome, metals, paints, and glass. The safest materials to use commercial removers on are glassy paint surfaces and are not used on matte or flat surfaces.

After washing your car for the second time, you can apply the spot removers to the areas affected. It is spread by rubbing onto the surface.


It shouldn’t be a surprise to you to see vinegar in this lineup because, for many years, it has been a part of many households. Vinegar is acidic; therefore, using it against an alkaline base such as water spots is effective. To clean water spots, you should have white vinegar, a spray bottle, distilled water, a bucket, a towel made of cotton, and paper towels.

Mix half distilled water and half white vinegar in a bottle. Spray the mixture directly on the surface, then put the rest of the mix to the bucket. Use the towel to put over the area you want clean. Leave it for about 2 minutes, and then use the same towel to wipe the area to get rid of the water spots.

Water spots can be annoying at times, but you can clean overcome that problem with these few steps.

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