Thread: Water spots.....
08-08-2011, 04:00 PM #1
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- May 2010
When I bought my FZS, I recall blithely thinking how cool it would look in its black metalflake paint job. What I failed to remember at the time is how tough it is to keep a black vehicle (ANY black vehicle) clean. You'd think I'd have remembered, since my family owned a black over red Sea Ray when I was a a kid, and it was a b***h to keep looking decent.
Blame temporary insanity, or a senior moment when I bought the FZS, but whatever the case, my ski looks like crap most of the time due to water spots. I'm talking fresh water - clean and clear water, but HARD!
Anybody have any suggestions for taking that stuff off? I've tried marine "cleaner wax", but it only made a slight improvement. Someone suggested diluted vinegar, which I haven't tried yet, but I wondered if anyone had actually used any product or technique that gave good results.
TIA for any suggestions!
08-08-2011, 04:13 PM #2
I dilute CLR in a little bucket and use a microfiber towel to wash it down with the solution. Then repeat with regular old car wash soap. Dry with an absorber after. Works good for me.
08-08-2011, 04:16 PM #3
Windex works for me, been using it for years. Never tried it on black, buy it does work pretty good on blue. I always wax afterwards using Collinite 845 insulator wax.
08-08-2011, 04:31 PM #4
50/50 white vinegar and distilled water in a spray bottle. Cheap & works great.
08-08-2011, 04:33 PM #5
08-08-2011, 04:44 PM #6
08-08-2011, 04:47 PM #7
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08-08-2011, 04:48 PM #8
Vinegar and water, and also CLR and water do work, but will strip of any layer of wax or other protectant you have on the ski. I use this stuff and it's the best I have ever found. Can be found at any marine store like West Marine.
08-08-2011, 05:52 PM #9
nice soapy car wash bath, micro-fiber towel dry, 2 coats of a good quality paste wax, I like and use meguires gold class, but I think a harder marine wax would last longer. When done riding for the day immediately wipe it down with micro-fiber cloth while it's still wet. Ski will gleam and look fantastic on the water for about 3-4 rides and then start to look dingy again.. I love my 300X but the all black is a real PITA to keep looking nice, when it's all cleaned and waxed it looks amazing on the water other than that i think it looks like crap and blame all the manufacturers for following sea-pukes lead with the all black ski's
08-08-2011, 07:07 PM #10
I alway take mine to one of the bars I go to so all the waitresses can strip down to bikinis and wash it.
But I always follow up with vinegar and water...
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