How to Prevent Water Spots on Car Windows

water spots on car windowWater spots are a frequent problem for car owners. There’s something particularly infuriating about getting your car freshly cleaned only to have the spots reappear within days.

It’s nearly impossible to prevent water spots on your car windows, however, you can take steps to avoid the source of water spots and try to minimize them residue that water leaves behind.

Understanding Water Spots

Before treating them, first you need to understand the nature of water spots. The source of the problem is not actually the water droplets themselves, but the minerals, soap, dirt and other types of contaminants that reside within the droplets and leave a ring of foreign matter on your car surface once the droplets evaporate.

Because water spots can be caused by all kinds of water droplets, it is nearly impossible to avoid them completely, unless you vow to never let your car near a water source again!

Treating Water Spots on Car Windows

The only effective way to completely prevent water spots on car windows and other surfaces is to thoroughly dry the car after a wash, rainfall or any other kind of exposure to water. A good window treatment can help make water spots easier to remove, but cannot fully prevent them from appearing again.

Getting a ceramic coating for your car can help prevent chemical etching from the water spots. It will prevent permanent damage to the coated surface, but won’t prevent the cosmetic mess that water spray leaves behind. Here are a few tips to help minimize the damage done by water spots:

Glass Treatment

Your windows can be kept cleaner after being treated with a quality glass treatment that helps prevent dirt and oil residues from sticking to the window surface. Washing away water spots becomes easier.

Correctly Apply a Window Treatment

The treatment needs to be applied in a horizontal pattern instead of a vertical pattern, which can result in wiper blade chatter or stutter.

Clean Windshield Wipers

The windshield wipers on your car should always be kept clean. You should also replace them once every six months to a year. Dirt can build up within their crevices and add to the dirt on your windshield, or worse, it can cause scratches in your windshield.

Avoid Water Splash Sources

Of course, it would be impossible to completely avoid every kind of water source, both natural and artificial, that exist in the world. You can, however, minimize the frequency of such types of contact. Take special care to avoid sprinklers, which often carry dirty groundwater and mineral deposits which cause water spots.

You can use these tips to minimize the damage done by water spots on car windows and other exterior surfaces. When water spots do occur, you’ll want to remove them by following the guidelines outlined in this article: How to Remove Water Spots From my Car’s Finish.

Details Matter, located in Melbourne, FL, is your local prestige auto detailing shop, offering exterior and interior detailing services, including ceramic coatings and window treatments. Contact us today for an estimate.