How To Prevent Water Spots Drying On Your Car

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Getting water spots on your car isn’t the worst thing that could happen.

That said, it can be a big pain. Some are easily removed with water spot removers whereas others require a bit more work.

Learning how to prevent water spots will spare you the stress of trying to remove them in the future.

Preventing Water Spots On Your Car

To be able to prevent something, you need to first know what causes it to happen.

Water spots and similar defects are a result of water droplets that carry contamination drying on your car.

There’s a couple of different types, however they’re all bad and should be rectified pretty much straight away. The longer you leave it, the harder it will be to remove them.

How To Prevent Water Spots On Car When Washing

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If you’re someone that’s constantly paying attention to where you’re parking your car and regularly wash it, there’s a good chance you’re the one that’s creating the water spots.

To help prevent water spots from occuring when washing your car, you should always have a drying stage.

If you haven’t already noticed, letting the car dry naturally will often result in water spots.

The easiest way you can prevent water spots is to dry your car properly.

Whether you’re using microfiber towels or a blower, you should always walk around the car and make sure that it’s completely dry, leaving no water droplets behind.

Secondly, every water droplet is different. Using tap water that has a high mineral content inside will also cause water spots to occur.

To prevent what we call “hard water spots”, you can either use a water softener or just make sure to work quickly and dry the vehicle before the water spots occur.

Finally, after washing and drying your car, take a walk around and make sure there’s no remaining droplets or even water spots that have already dried.

If there is already water spotting, act fast to remove them, this way it’s much easier and they’ll disappear completely within seconds.

How To Prevent Water Spots On Car After It Rains

Prevent Water Spots On Car After Rain

While the best way to prevent water spots is obviously to dry your car off as soon as it gets wet, that’s not always possible.

You’re not going to run outside and quickly wipe the car down after every rain shower… that’d be insane.

My first suggestion, and a sure-fire way to prevent water spotting is to cover up your car.

This could mean multiple things, such as simply covering the car, parking under shelter or even putting it in a garage.

Obviously not everyone has a garage, so it goes without saying, a cover may be a better option, just make sure you don’t scratch the car when you’re putting it on and off.

Following on from that suggestion, if its just finished raining and you’re taking the car out, try your best to avoid forestry, droplets off of plants are almost guaranteed to create water spots.

My other suggestion is to get a good wax, sealant or ceramic coating.

All of these products claim to add a protective layer of coating onto the paint of your car.

This layer of coating uses advanced polymers to add extra hydrophobic qualities.

Because your car has extra hydrophobic qualities, any water that hits your car will “sheet” or “bead”, hopefully rolling off your car before it can dry and turn into a water spot.

If you’re interested in going this route, waxes and sealants are short term solutions whereas ceramic coatings can last up to 2 years.

The final step you can take to prevent water spots… always carry a microfiber drying towel with you no matter where you go.

This will allow you to quickly jump out and remove any water from the paint of your car before it can dry. No doubt, it’s completely overkill but may be required to keep that showroom finish.

Can’t prevent them? Correct Them Quickly.

As I’ve already established, the quicker you remove water spots from your car the easier it will be. This goes for water droplets as well as water spots that are already dried on.

The best way to do this is by carrying around a bottle of water spot remover or quick detailer, as well as a handful of microfiber towels.

This will allow you to clean up any mess or contamination you find on your car as soon as it happens.

While it may seem like a lot of effort to keep on top of, doing this will mean less work when it comes to your next wash. It may also increase the length of time between each wash.

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