acid bath my benz to get rid of water spots?

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  1. R6Tuan

    R6Tuan OT Supporter

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    is it safe to acid bath my silver benz to get rid of all the water spots?

    my guys at the dealership says its ok but im kinda worried.


    what u guys think?
     
  2. MartyFukstein

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    Why not just polish out the water spots with a buffer and compound?

    On the glass, use vinegar and #0000 steel wool.
     
  3. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    It isn't exactly an acid bath, but probably an ABC wash which is typically used to remove bonded contaninants sort of like clay does. If done right, it works pretty well. They wash the car with an acid based wash, then a base to neutralize the acid, then a conventional wash.

    http://www.valugard.net/cms/xramp/ValuGardNeutralizationSystem/tabid/84/Default.aspx

    Probably a lot safer than letting the dealer use a buffer on the car.
     
  4. R6Tuan

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    at my work they use a commercial grade type acid with a 50/50 acid/water mix. they spray it on the car then rinse of immediately.

    then they just wash the car as normal.

    is it safe for my car to do this?
     
  5. Scottwax

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    I'd recommend not skipping the "B" part (alkaline) part of the wash since that will properly neutralize the acid from the acid wash. A factory quality paint job runs $2500 and up, so I wouldn't cheap out or skip steps when doing a de-con wash.
     
  6. Run N. Gun

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    Listen to Scott.

    BTW - Adding water to an acid can cause an immediate exothermic reaction. Just RTFM, then do it exactly as written. Short cuts can be a bad thing.

    Here's the philosophy that I have adapted over the years..."Follow the instructions, trust that the people who designed the process understand it better than I do." :bigthumb:
     
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    :werd: :werd: :werd:

    I was at the dealer the other day and overheard their detail manager recommend "Mag Wires" wax (yes, that's literally how he said it and spelled it) to a customer in the service department.

    What's funny is I was sitting not 5 feet away wearing a shirt with the Meguiar's logo on it :mamoru:
     

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