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What are the Different Types of Water Spots?

Did you know there are 3 different types of water spots & each one requires a different removal method?

Finding water spots on your car is a very common issue that we deal with as car owners. Many of us have found out that once we dedicate our weekend to washing our car, drying it off and maybe even waxing it, those water marks are still there. The thing is, most water spots can’t be removed by washing alone and for motor vehicle finishes challenging aspect is getting rid of them without adding swirls and scratches to the paint simultaneously. But, before you get into the laborious task of figuring out how to remove water spots, you must first learn how to identify the type of water spots that you have on your vehicle.

There are 3 Types of water spots. Type I, Type II and Type III water spots. In this article, we will teach you how to determine which type of water spot you have and in subsequent articles, we will discuss the methods you need to employ to remove each type of water spot. Various kinds of water spots are taken off in different ways, therefore it’s crucial that you make an effort to identify which kind of water spot you might have initially because this will allow you to have a better understanding of the removal procedure and products/ tools needed. The most convenient kind of water spots to eradicate are Type I while the most challenging to eliminate are Type II and Type III

Type I Water Spots

Type I water spots are primarily dirt or mineral deposits that are resting on top of your paint. Type I water spots are most likely the effects of minerals trapped in municipal water or well water that happen to be left behind once the water disappears from the surface. This could possibly happen by cleaning your vehicle and not drying the water from the car paint or if perhaps a sprinkler is triggered near the vehicle coating the automobile with water drops which aren’t removed from the car paint. Type I water spots may also be dirt and grime or elements of contaminates that may be in the air and is left behind right after the water from rainfall or bad weather conditions disappears from the vehicle’s surface. It’s important to note that Type I water spots can certainly be Type II water spots because the water can easily leave behind both a deposit on the vehicle’s surface as well as an etching in the paint’s finish. People also often refer to mineral deposits as Hard Water spots, or spots left by “hard water.

Type II Water Spots

Type II water spots are genuine etchings or craters that are left in the paint due to the fact that something corrosive that exists in a water supply ended up on the paint and had not been taken off prior to an area of the paint being consumed or dissolved because of the corrosive element.

Type III Water Spots

Type III water spots are spots that appear to be dull or colorless and tend to be found largely on single stage paints once a water supply hits after which it pools on the automobile’s paint and is normally left to dwell on the finish for some time before it disappears or is removed from the surface area. Type III water spots may also affect clear coat finishes as well however it isn’t as common due to the fact that Type III water Spots are either stains or fading. Clear coats don’t usually stain like single stage paints do, due to the fact that they aren’t as permeable. Technically, clear coats can’t fade due to the fact that they are clear in the first place, so, essentially, there is no color to fade.

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The three kinds of water spots covered here are the most common among cars of all sizes. Even cleaning your vehicle in water might leave water stains on the clear finish. Many people are unaware that waterless car wash methods might improve the sheen of a color coat. They are also good for shine.

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