How to Get Waterspots Off Rims

by Emilia Lamberto
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After washing a vehicle, a downpour of rain or after your car's rims have come into contact with water, it's possible that waterspots may appear. Waterspots are difficult to remove if you do not have the right conditions and cleaning solution to work with. It's also possible that your local tap water supply contains hard water. Hard water contains minerals that may etch into areas of your vehicle. Cleaning your rims requires only a small amount of preparation.

Step 1

Move your car to a shaded area or work when the temperature is cooler, such as late in the afternoon or early in the morning. Hot temperatures will cause the wet spots to reappear after cleaning the rims.

Step 2

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Mix one part white vinegar with one part distilled water. Distilled water is preferred as it does not contain as many minerals as tap water. Minerals may bore into paint and leave spots on rims.

Step 3

Dip a toothbrush or soft sponge in the water/vinegar solution. Scrub the rim in order to remove all water spots and/or oils that may be present on your rims. Rub softly, being careful not to scratch the rims, especially if you're using a toothbrush.

Step 4

Dump or spray cold water onto the rims to remove all oil and cleaning solution.

Step 5

Wipe the rims with a dry, lint-free towel--preferably microfiber or microsuede.

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