DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum

Go Back   DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum > Dodge Ram Forum - Help Zone - Dodge Ram Problems, Complaints, & Solutions - Maintenance & Re > Dodge Ram Detailing and General Maintenance Forum


Notices

Dodge Ram Detailing and General Maintenance Forum Wax on, Wax off! Chat about anything that gives you Carpal Tunnel or Tennis Elbow in here! ;)


Latest Vendor News
AutoAnything
Addictive Desert Designs!
Bayou Goat Mounts

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 03-12-2012, 11:31 AM
65Arboc's Avatar
65Arboc 65Arboc is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: northwestern pa
Age: 67
Posts: 188
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie QC
Trim Level: laramie
Color: Black & Silver
Engine: 2009-20?? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 3
Rep:148
65Arboc will become famous soon enough65Arboc will become famous soon enough
Default Water Spots on New Black Ram

Washed my 2012 Black Ram yesterday and noticed lots of water spots on the hood. Probably from going thru auto washes all winter long. What should I use to get these off an otherwise beautiful black paint job?

Thanks,

Jim in Pa
__________________
No Mods Needed. Ordered it just the way I wanted it. Well, I did put a cabin filter in and de-badged the doors of the Ram 1500 things.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored links
  #2  
Old 03-13-2012, 09:44 PM
SJP2X11RT's Avatar
SJP2X11RT SJP2X11RT is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Va
Posts: 165
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 09 Challenger SRT-8 11 Ram R/T
Trim Level: R/T
Color: Black
Engine: 2009-???? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:59
SJP2X11RT will become famous soon enough
Default

My BB Ram has held up pretty good over the past year and I mainly run it through car washes.

My Torred Challenger on the other hand loves to leave water spots. I spent 30+ hours over a few weekends using clay bars, buffers and polishes to get rid of them.
__________________
'09 Challenger SRT Torred 6MT with Airaid CAI/TBS, Magnaflow CatBack, Diablo 93 CAI, TSW on Invo's
'11 Ram R/T BB with Airaid CA & Magnaflow CatBack
'04 Titan XE with Airaid CAI/TBS & Magnaflow CatBack, Superchips 93 Tune
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-14-2012, 05:28 AM
daggertats daggertats is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: arden nc
Age: 50
Posts: 362
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2011 ram reg cab 4x4
Trim Level: st
Color: deep water blue pearl coat
Engine: 2008-20?? 287ci (4.7L) PowerTech V8 310hp 330lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:14
daggertats is on a distinguished road
Default

i always dry my truck off after a wash and i use eagle one wax as you dry with the absorber shammy. leaves water marks nonexsistant. a clay bar would probably take those off .
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-07-2012, 10:01 PM
454tahoe 454tahoe is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Newcomer
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: sidney nebraska
Age: 34
Posts: 9
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2010 dodge ram
Trim Level: slt/trx
Color: blue
Engine: 2009-20?? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
454tahoe is on a distinguished road
Default

Clay bars dont always work but, it is a good start,
for me the best way for some time,
1. Wash
2. Clay if clay removes the spots, then wax
3. If not then compound with ultimate compound meguairs or any other compound
4. Polish out compound
5. Then wax over

this will leave most if not all fine scratches out of the paint and all swirls out as well and the spots should be gone as well.
This will also leave your paint silky smooth and feeling like glass as it should always feel.

Any further questions please ask away.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-08-2012, 03:05 PM
primo spaghetti's Avatar
primo spaghetti primo spaghetti is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Member



 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: southern ontario
Posts: 2,229
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2014 Ram Sport
Trim Level: Sport
Color: Maximum Steel Metallic
Rep Power: 5
Rep:901
primo spaghetti is a splendid one to beholdprimo spaghetti is a splendid one to beholdprimo spaghetti is a splendid one to beholdprimo spaghetti is a splendid one to beholdprimo spaghetti is a splendid one to beholdprimo spaghetti is a splendid one to beholdprimo spaghetti is a splendid one to beholdprimo spaghetti is a splendid one to behold
Default

the water spots are hard water deposits. make sure you dry your truck off after washing, and they should virtually disappear. unfortunately, there are mineral deposits in your wash water. People will look at you strange, but hit your truck with the leaf blower after you wash it and youll see those spots disappear. and dry with a detail mist also will help.
__________________
2014 Dodge Ram 4X4 Sport, BakFlip F1 cover, Weathertech DigiFit Liners, BedRug bed mat, PIAA Extreme White Fog Bulbs, ProComp 2.5" / 1.5" Nitro Level Lift, Zone Off Road Upper Control Arms, ProComp 5050 20" -12 offset, MT Deagan 38 35x12.5.20, iron Cross Step Bars, DeeZee Tail Gate Strut

I am the heir to the primo spaghetti sauce fortune!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-22-2012, 01:39 AM
nitrox28's Avatar
nitrox28 nitrox28 is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Lexington, Ky
Posts: 159
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2009 Ram 1500 SLT Big Horn
Trim Level: SLT Big Horn
Color: Silver
Engine: 2009-20?? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:14
nitrox28 is on a distinguished road
Default

When I detailed my new-to-me truck this past weekend, I noticed the hood was covered in water spots. Like it had been in the rain and then sat out in the hot sun for a couple of days. I whipped out the trusty clay bar, and that didn't work at all. I was shocked. Next step will be to use a buffer and some polish. If that doesn't work, I'll be out of ideas.
__________________
2009 Ram 1500 crew cab. 4x4, Hemi, Big Horn. Spintech Super Pro Street muffler, Predator tuner, Volant CAI.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-22-2012, 05:40 AM
jc4041's Avatar
jc4041 jc4041 is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Age: 36
Posts: 910
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2009 QC 4wd
Trim Level: ST
Color: Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl
Engine: 2009-20?? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 4
Rep:146
jc4041 will become famous soon enoughjc4041 will become famous soon enough
Default

look for Ducky Water spot remover....in the boat section....have friends in the LX club that like it
__________________
DSP, CAI, Cherry Bomb Extreme, AirLift 1000
'07 Dodge Charger SRT8 SuperBee #579-CAI, DSP, dual Cherry Bomb Extremes
-Jeff
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-01-2012, 03:58 PM
CanDan's Avatar
CanDan CanDan is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Barrie - CANADA
Posts: 63
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2012 1500
Trim Level: Sport
Color: 1500
Engine: 2009-20?? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:23
CanDan is on a distinguished road
Default

Wash your truck by hand with a good automotive soap. Dry it in the shade with a soft bathroom towel. It is better when it is damp. Go over everything twice. Don't let the truck dry until you dry it or you will get water spots.

Drive through car washes are great in the winter to keep the salt off but make sure you don't use the wax and coating options they provide. They go on before the vehicle is clean and trap in dirt. You will usually only notice this on a black vehicle.

If the water spots are really bad try a clay bar and then a good hand wax. I don't use electric buffers.

Here is my guide to always having a perfect looking black vehicle. (I am now on my third one)
Approximate time (1-2 hours)


1. Find a shady area to wash
2. Rinse the roof of the truck with cool water (never hot)
3. Using an automotive soap start washing the roof with a terry cloth or soft sponge, making sure that the areas that you are cleaning are always wet ahead of time.
4. Rinse the all of the soap off of the roof of the truck
5. Rinse the windows top half (bottom of window line and up) of the cab and wash as stated above. Then rinse.
6. Get a new clean bucket and terry cloth or sponge
7. Repeat the above working your way from the top down and make sure you keep all of the areas you have washed wet. If it dries you will get water spots.
8. Get a new terry cloth or sponge for the wheels and tires and clean them with the same soap as you used for everything else. NEVER USE THIS FOR ANYTHING BUT WHEELS AND TIRES, this is your new wheel/tire cloth.
9. Make sure everything stays wet
10. Using a bath towel start on the roof and start drying working your way down to the bottom (not wheels and tires), go over it very quickly, this is the first coat of drying. You will have to ring out the towel a few times as you go.
11. Go over the entire truck a second time with the damp towel. This is the final coat. It does not have to be perfectly dry but should be drying within 20 seconds of your wipe.

Important Tips:
a) Light reflects in straight lines. Wash and dry in straight lines from front to back, leave the circles for crop mysteries.
b) Depending on how dirty your truck is will depend on how often you will have to change buckets and terry cloths or sponges. The minimum you need is 2. If you use dirty to wash you will scratch the surface with dirt particles and only be spreading around dirty water.

Wheels

With another dedicated wheel/tire towel dry your wheels and tires.
Clean your tires with your favourite tire cleaner. Make sure they are dry before you drive away or you will spray tire cleaner up the side of your truck.

The above is what should be done weekly or as needed.

Waxing (do this once every month or 2) (Approximate Time - 2-4 hours)
I use Turtle Wax colour match (Black). I have tried Mothers, McGuiers(sp?) and many other products but I find this works the best on black. (hint - wear gloves or you will have black nails and hands)

1. Wash like above
2. Keep vehicle in a cool dust free area. I usually use my garage and have a garden hose running (sprinkler or trickle) to keep the floor damp and the dust down.
3. Have a lot of light, some that you can move to different angles so that you can see everything and make sure you haven't missed anything.
4. With a new terry cloth apply a small amount of wax to the cloth and start on the roof working your way down. You can apply using circles here. You will probably use 2-4 terry cloths for this.
5. Starting at the first place you applied the wax (the roof) start buffing using a micro fibre cloth and rubbing in straight lines from front to back until buffed to your shiny desire. Work your way around the entire vehicle in the order you applied the wax.
6. Once finished I find a terry cloth works well to get any missed spots or hard to buff areas. Let the cloth do the work. You should be buffing a lot but not hard.
7. Walk around the truck looking from different angles to see if you missed any areas.
8. Drink a beer and just stare at you awesome job.

There are a lot of different ways to wax and clean your vehicle. This is what I find works best for black. Some things you can get away with on other colours (colors for my American friends) you wont be able to with black.

If you some how manage to destroy or damage yourself or your vehicle in anyway I take no responsibility for it. I am only posting what I do. It is your vehicle and you should clean it to your own digression.

Last edited by CanDan; 05-01-2012 at 04:06 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-25-2012, 02:27 PM
Jayincali's Avatar
Jayincali Jayincali is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: So Cal, I.E.
Posts: 507
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2014 Dodge Ram 8 Speed 3.92
Trim Level: Sport
Color: Deep Cherry Red Crystal Peral
Engine: 2009-20?? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 3
Rep:95
Jayincali will become famous soon enough
Default

Pretty good post above. But I cringe at reading wash with a terry towel and dry with a bath towel. Might as well have the car dealers wash it as that’s all they do. Use a waffle weave MF towel, I use one in each hand and never have to wring it out. The only reason you don't see the ton of marring and swirls you have in your paint is due to that Turtle wax black wax you are using. That is pretty much 90% filler with a black tint to cover it all up. I'm not knocking your practice, but just letting you know if you do an IPA wipe down (I use 30% IP alcohol 70% water) and wipe a panel you will be amazed how many swirls you have. I see your truck is brand new, so if you don't have many now, you will in a year from now and will need major paint correction.

To the OP, if you can't remove the water spots with a clay bar, try vinegar/water 50/50. That should remove the water spots if they are fairly new. (use on windows as well if you have spots) If they are pretty old, then you will need a compound and buffer to remove them as it has etched into your clear. After a wash, use some detail spray before drying. Your first mistake is a drive thru wash...
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-19-2013, 02:50 PM
medic18d medic18d is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Newcomer
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: fort bragg nc
Posts: 17
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2013 express cc 5.7 hemi
Trim Level: blacktop edition
Color: black
Engine: 2009-20?? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
medic18d is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 65Arboc View Post
Washed my 2012 Black Ram yesterday and noticed lots of water spots on the hood. Probably from going thru auto washes all winter long. What should I use to get these off an otherwise beautiful black paint job?

Thanks,

Jim in Pa
all you need is a can of FAST WAX , miracle stuff.
removes bugs water spots and most of all resists finger smudges on black paint
works on paint lights , windows . and wheels
you can do all that other stuff or wash your vehicle , dry it and spray fast wax on it . and be done . dont take my word for it . try it
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


Advertisement






All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:57 AM.


= Copyright RamForumZ.com a Gigathreads.com Network Site =Ad Management by RedTyger
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vB.Sponsors


=Gigathreads Network=
CLUBS MOPAR NATION DSM GPMM MAMM JAM
DIESEL Diesel Forum      
CHEVY Chevy Camaro Forum Chevy Volt Forum    
CHRYSLER Chrysler 300C Forum      
DODGE Dodge Avenger Forum Dodge Caliber Forum Dodge Challenger Forum Dodge Charger Forum
  Dodge Circuit Forum Dodge Hornet Forum Dodge Magnum Forum Dodge Nitro Forum
  Dodge Ram Forum Dodge Dakota Forum Dodge Durango Forum Dodge Dart Forum
FORD Ford Raptor Forum Ford F150 Forum Ford F100 Forum  
JEEP Jeep Forum      
PONTIAC Pontiac G8 Forum      
SRT SRT Viper Forum SRT Cuda Forum