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Old 05-07-2014, 12:01 PM   #1
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Hard Water Marks

I have a 2012 Tiffin Allegro RED 34' motor home.

I was at a park last winter that when they watered - the water spray often got on the bottom part of my motor home. I thought I could clean off the hard water marks with the waterless wash. Some of the lighter marks did clean but other marks were not about to come off with the waterless wash.

I want to get the hard water marks off and not damage the finish on my motor home. I want to know if anyone has an idea of what I should use to clean hard water stains and not damage the finish on my motor home.

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Howdy and welcome to iRV2! I've never had hard water stains on our RV, but we do have hard water at home. For cleaning tile, I use a product called 'CLR' that is available at Home Depot. Jelmar | We Clean More Than You Think - Home

You might contact them to see if the product is appropriate for the finish on your motorhome. I'm not sure it is recommended for painted surfaces.

Also, try vinegar, or a clay bar that is used for cleaning automotive finishes.
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I want to get the hard water marks off and not damage the finish on my motor home. I want to know if anyone has an idea of what I should use to clean hard water stains and not damage the finish on my motor home.
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Old 05-07-2014, 12:25 PM   #4
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white vinegar doe the job for me.
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white vinegar doe the job for me.
Agree. Most hard water deposits are a result of calcium. White vinegar will remove it.
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Thanks to everyone for the ideas. White vinegar looks like my best choice. I will try white vinegar as soon as it warms up enough here in Montana. It should be warm in a few days. Current temp is 33 degrees with 8mph wind. I will check Home Depot when we go there for the CLR.
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Thanks to everyone for the ideas. White vinegar looks like my best choice. I will try white vinegar as soon as it warms up enough here in Montana. It should be warm in a few days. Current temp is 33 degrees with 8mph wind. I will check Home Depot when we go there for the CLR.
Vinegar will probably get the job done. As for the CLR, I'd check with the manufacturer (in the link above) to see if they recommend it for use on your RV before putting out the money.
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There will be nothing on the label of CLR referencing removal from any one item. It will however tell users to "test" a spot before using on any surface. I have used it on a new Phaeton as the Dealer washed the coach with hard water and left spots and the CLR did the job.
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I keep a spray bottle of water & white vinegar mixture in the coach at all times. Makes an excellent - and cheap - spray & wipe cleaner (use a microfiber cloth) as well as removing water marks. I use a 15% solution. Stronger won't hurt the finish but it will strip wax off if strong enough.
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Some CG sprinklers did a number on my RV a few years back. Nothing worked for me, not CLR, vinegar or anything similar. I finally tried Clay Magic and it worked like a charm. It removes all surface contaminates including wax, so you need to re-wax the area you clay.

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I don't have water spots on my painted surfaces but my window glass has spots. I've tried the standard Windex and various vinegar solution concentrations. Haven't tried CLR but has anyone had similar glass spotting and what worked for you?
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A clay bar with lubricating spray works great on windows as well. When done, go over the window with soap and water and dry.

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My house sprinklers got my pickup everyday for 3 weeks with hard water and then let to dry in the hot sun. The calcium ate right into the clearcoat. Claybar, light rubbing compound done by hand, nothing would take it out. Finally took it to a bodyshop and had the vehicle professionally buffered and polished-now she shines.
Now whenever I have water on my coach or other vehicles, out come the microfiber clothes and quick detailer-gotta keep on top of this stuff
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I don't have water spots on my painted surfaces but my window glass has spots. I've tried the standard Windex and various vinegar solution concentrations. Haven't tried CLR but has anyone had similar glass spotting and what worked for you?
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HOW TO: Super Clean Your Windshield - YouTube
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