Home Remedies for Removing Calcium Deposits on Paint


Calcium deposits can ruin the look of your car or any other painted surface. These deposits can leave spots or stains that don't easily wash off. However, there are simple methods for removing these unsightly deposits that can be used with store-bought products, as well as with common household items.

Easy Home Remedy

  • Vinegar is a natural acid that can eat through and remove many tough, built-up deposits like calcium or lime. To remedy the calcium spot with vinegar, soak paper towels in vinegar and apply these to the spot. Wrap the paper towels around faucets or simply place them over the deposit area. Seal the wet towel to the location with cellophane wrap. If the calcium deposit is on painted faucet handles, you can encase the vinegar-wrapped handles in a plastic baggie and use a rubber band to seal it. Allow the vinegar to work for 15 to 20 minutes before removing. The deposits should then wipe away with a little scrubbing. Be sure to wash off the vinegar residue with water afterward.

Deposits on a Car

  • You can use vinegar on your car as well. You should also use some basic rubbing compound on the spot first, however, in this case. When using the rubbing compound, don't rub so hard that you remove part of the car's clear coat.

    If you have a large calcium deposit, clean the cloth regularly so you're not scrubbing sharp chunks of calcium against your car's finish. If you're using the vinegar method, you may need to keep adding vinegar to the rag while you're in the scrubbing/removing phase. Afterward, be sure to rinse the vinegar from the car's surface.

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