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    Default Removing water spots from aluminum

    Got some water spots on my polished aluminum valve covers when my lower radiator hose decided to let go. Now I can't seem to remove the spots / stains from the valve covers. I have tried aluminum polish and even tried a small power ball and not much luck. Anyone have any ideas? Am I going to have to pull them and polish the hell out of them to get the spots removed? Thanks



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    Have you tried this yet...?



    I am a big fan of Nevr-Dull. I have used it for years on aluminum parts. It is cheap, but does require a bit of "elbow grease." If you work it good, it will give you a mirror shine.

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    Simichrome or similar pastes
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    Quote Originally Posted by 69TAPoser
    Have you tried this yet...?



    I am a big fan of Nevr-Dull. I have used it for years on aluminum parts. It is cheap, but does require a bit of "elbow grease." If you work it good, it will give you a mirror shine.

    Phil
    I 2nd this one, great stuff, relatively low elbow grease factor!
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    I never got good results with anything but Mothers aluminum polish for getting water spots off.
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    Thanks guys - I'll try these out.

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    The best luck I had was to spray etching wheel cleaner on them and start over! Mine still have water spots on them since I don't want to go thru that again! Good luck!
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    00 or 000 steel wool try a small area first, works on aluminum rims, really depends on the quality of aluminum.

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    Vinegar... but clean it off quickly. Water spots are usually calcium deposits, and the acidity of vinegar will remove them.

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    Mother's Billet aluminum polish... its not cheap, but it works real well.
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    Default Glass . . .

    Got the same question but for glass . . . ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpozzi
    Got the same question but for glass . . . ??

    Cheers,
    Mary Pozzi
    the windows in my Hurst are acid rain etched with spots all over... nothing I have tried so far has taken them out, I think I even tried some car compound at one point.

    I bought Eastwood's glass polishing kit, but haven't tried it yet. That turns into a messy project real fast.
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    I thought that you could also use a "clay-bar" to remove the
    water spots? I'll have to try a little spot on my side window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpozzi
    Got the same question but for glass . . . ??

    Cheers,
    Mary Pozzi
    I had great luck with CLR and bronze wool. Not a great idea if the windows are in the car though as CLR is an acid. I soaked them for a while, then scrubbed with the bronze wool. I think I did this 2 or 3 times per window, and pretty much all of the spots came off.

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    Mothers Chrome Polish.

    On the bottle "safe for glass and mirrors".

    DO NOT USE MAG AND ALUMINUM POLISH.

    In a pinch 0000 steel wool.
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    I use a product called White Diamond milti-porpose metal polish. This stuff is the best polish I have ever used and I have used them all. It will really shine up that polished aluminum. You can get it at their website whitediamondpolish.com

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    I just use chrome polish on windows for water spots. Always works for me, and gets them REALLY clean. I'd be wary if they're tinted, though.
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    try Bon Ami cleaner for glass. I have have had great success with it. Best to try in a inconspicous spot first.



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