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I can’t seem to get this stuff off my car. It appeared after using the wiper guild. It seems to have left a stain on the car. I fluid seem to get it off, even after multiple car washes.

Anyone have ideas how to get it off?
 

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Aren't those just hard water spots? You can avoid them if you wipe dry your car after the wash. If the spots are more stubborn, you can probably spray some alcohol/water mixture and wipe it off.
 

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Also, you can use distilled water to wash your car to avoid water spots.

BTW, what in the world is a "wiper guild"?
 
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lol. My bad. Autocorrect. And this happened after I used the wiper fluid, not from a car wash.

I have tried nail polish remover. Maybe I need the higher proof stuff.
 

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I have tried nail polish remover. Maybe I need the higher proof stuff.
go to a detail shop and ask them what product to use to remove the water stains - it will be different depending on your local water (what works here may not work there...) but I would stop with the acetone immediately! water stains are typically a mineral deposit that the acetone will not do anything for. What acetone will do is mess up the bright trim and paint if any comes in contact with it.
 

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Can you feel it, is it on the outside or inside the panel? Can you scratch it off with your fingernail (which is OK only because this part is glass)?
 
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go to a detail shop and ask them what product to use to remove the water stains - it will be different depending on your local water (what works here may not work there...) but I would stop with the acetone immediately! water stains are typically a mineral deposit that the acetone will not do anything for. What acetone will do is mess up the bright trim and paint if any comes in contact with it.
I only did the acetone on one small spot as a test but only on the glass. Didn’t work.
 
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Can you feel it, is it on the outside or inside the panel? Can you scratch it off with your fingernail (which is OK only because this part is glass)?
You can feel it with a finger nail but can not scratch it off. There’s some on the trim and a very small section of paint.
 
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I had hard water stains like that before and I used vinegar and water mixture and removed them without any issues.
What percentage of vinegar to water ratio have you used and is it safe on a small section of paint?
 

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You can feel it with a finger nail but can not scratch it off. There’s some on the trim and a very small section of paint.
I'm amazed it won't scratch off. Do you have any car polish you can try to rub it off?
Vinegar shouldn't hurt anything if you rinse it off after a few minutes. But I really wonder what this is if it's not coming off so easy.
 
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I think 10% vinegar 90% water. You can bump up the vinegar percentage if needed.
This didn’t work either. I bumped to about 30% and no luck. I took it to a car wash and they don’t think it’s water stain. They haven’t seen something like it and tried with their nails too. No luck. They tried buffing it a little and suggested I take it to a detail shop.
 

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This didn’t work either. I bumped to about 30% and no luck. I took it to a car wash and they don’t think it’s water stain. They haven’t seen something like it and tried with their nails too. No luck. They tried buffing it a little and suggested I take it to a detail shop.
Sorry to hear that. That stain is tough! Looking forward to seeing how you'll resolve this.
 
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Sorry to hear that. That stain is tough! Looking forward to seeing how you'll resolve this.
So I finally got into the service center and had them look at my car. They said they had no idea what if was besides maybe sap that eroded the B pillar glass and part of the chrome. They replaced it for me and looks great. Will post pictures shortly!
 

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So I finally got into the service center and had them look at my car. They said they had no idea what if was besides maybe sap that eroded the B pillar glass and part of the chrome. They replaced it for me and looks great. Will post pictures shortly!
That’s great. Tesla Service Centers are very accommodating. Looking forward to your pics. Take care.
 

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Sorry the late reply. It’s been crazy finishing up a project at work.

They did a wonderful job. Plus I got my windows tinted finally!
That's great! Glad to hear they did a great job for you. Take care!
I really like tinted windows on red Model 3s.