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Old 06-15-2006, 05:35 PM   #1
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Water Spots on Black Box

Unfortuantely, i do not have covered parking at my office. While i try to park in a protected or faraway spot, sometimes you just can't help being victimized....

It was a glorious summer morning here in the OC, and the top-down ride to work just puts me in a good mood....to make matters better, as i pulled top my office lot, the single coveted "protected" spot was open--- this spot has a planter on one side and a wide curb on the other.... no chance of door dings!--- Ahhhh life is good i must be doing something right! ...i looked back at the car as i walked into my office and thought, "Damn! that car looks fine!"

Glorious summer mornings typically turn into hot, sunny days --knowing this i even crack the windows --

Fast forward to 3:30 pm ---and as predicted, its hot....As i walk to my car I already thinking about the wind cooling down on the drive home.

Horror of horrors! When i get up close to the car isee the whole front end is covered with crusty white splotchs--- Arrrrrrrrfgggggghhhh!!! Hard water spots!!!!!!!!!
Apparantly the building next door reworked their sprinklers ( in the planter next to me) And just murdered my car....

I contacted the building manager and as calmly as possible explained what hey had done....After some minor differences of opinion, they agreed to have their detailer come out and detail my car.

Now my dilemma.... Who are these detailers??? I'm picky about how my car is washed... I am a registered memeber of the Autopia board..Hell!! I own a Porter Cable 7424 Dual Orbital Polisher!!!!!-- I won't let the Porsche dealer give me a free car wash for fear of swirls-- I certainly aint gonna let a couple of jamokes go to town on the Box --doing more harm than good.....

So good people of the board....What should i do???

What would you do?????!?????

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Old 06-15-2006, 07:43 PM   #2
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You called and complained that your car got wet? I'm sure they're having a good laugh at your expense. I'd worry about seeing key scratches along the doors next time.

As for water spots, lime-a-way works well, just wax it again after removing the spots.
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Old 06-15-2006, 07:52 PM   #3
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White vinegar and water in a spray bottle?
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Old 06-15-2006, 11:19 PM   #4
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funny as it sounds.....i DID call them and i was indignant.... It was not just the regular sprinkler system running....it was work an adjacent building was doing on their system..... anyway it was funny because their property manager came down and looked at my car......she agreed to do it, but was reluctant because in her words, "My car was not as clean as i thought it was"....it was dusty and some bugs on the front.....

i tried to calm explain to her the difference between dusty car and etched in water spots--i think she understood my angry demeanor more than my explanation.....

So, anyway..got home, washed it --but sure enough the water spot impressions are in the paint. Can i use lime away or vinegar without ruining the paint.....I thought for sure this would have to be polished out.....What about claying?

As i mentioned earlier, they'll detail it..... but im not sure what type of job they'll do.

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Old 06-16-2006, 05:35 AM   #5
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Ask them to reimburse you for your time ($$). Or, asked for a "reserved" parking spot!
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Old 06-16-2006, 06:08 AM   #6
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dude if they are going to pay for the detailer then by all means post a thread in the Autopia site saying your looking for a mobil detailer in the OC.
There are plenty of guys who will come to you.

If you have a black car I would keep a spray bottle a quick detailer and or quick detail cleaner under your seat. I whip out the sprays when I'm refueling, notice bird bombs etc.

But its definitely smart to wipe away the waterspots before they etch into your clear coat.

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I really like FK 146 for quick detail cleaning and then I follow up with FK 425.
I buy them by the gallon, comes out much cheaper than the auto store stuff.
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rondog - trade it in for the black 05 at the dealership down the street from your office - no water spots!!!

did you/are you going to take it for a spin. i was down there yesterday and saw they have it parked in front of their pre-owned building. waiting for them to list it on their website to see how much they ask for it
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rondog - trade it in for the black 05 at the dealership down the street from your office - no water spots!!!

That car shimmied so bad...the water spots flew off!
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That car shimmied so bad...the water spots flew off!
too funny and too true!!!

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