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Old 08-04-2011, 08:39 AM   #1
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Love Bugs

Ok, all Florida people. Love Bug season is approaching (September and May). Just got my Camaro in June. What do you do to protect your front end? Bug screen? Oil?

I need some advice before they start splattering on my car.

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Old 08-04-2011, 08:44 AM   #2
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Fresh wax and often. If your car is freshly waxed they will wash right of with a hose
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:48 AM   #3
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:50 AM   #4
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Fresh wax and often. If your car is freshly waxed they will wash right of with a hose
Yep! I plan to get a fresh coat of wax on in late August. I also have my Meguiars Ultimate spray wax & quick detailer ready to go.
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:52 AM   #5
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For me a good coat of wax in the beginning of summer, and use Ice detail weekly...
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:56 AM   #6
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I make a habit of spraying down my car(s) the moment I pull into the driveway during lovebug season. Let the water sit for a bit, then spray more. Fresh kills come off easy.... if you let them sit for a few hours or over night you run the risk of permanent damage.

Buy a separate sponge to get the rest that dont come off with just the hose and make sure you use it for lovebug cleaning ONLY.

FYI, lovebugs do destroy 3M clear bras too. My ex-Mini Cooper had permanent lovebug damage on the film from the previous owner...better than on the paint itself, but the clear bras arent cheap to replace either....
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:56 AM   #7
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spray Pam cooking spray (or similar) on your front end and the guts wont eat your paint.
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:58 AM   #8
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spray Pam cooking spray (or similar) on your front end and the guts wont eat your paint.
Really? Won't the spray hurt the paint?
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:05 AM   #9
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spray Pam cooking spray (or similar) on your front end and the guts wont eat your paint.
And have every piece of dirt and road junk stuck to the front of your car. You arent cooking eggs on your bumper. Keep Pam in your skillet, not on your car.

A good wax job and keeping up with a routine wash is your best bet.....other than just dont drive the car for the next 2 months
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:06 AM   #10
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Just FYI...for those of you who did not know it. The university of Florida created love bugs. They were never supposed to get out of the lab but some escaped and now there is what I would call a "love bug epidemic" As a FSU grad i just thought I would share and hopefully create a few more UF haters out there. Every time you find yourself wanting to pull for the gators just remember all those little spots in your front bumper and root against them!
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:09 AM   #11
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Wax, and keep detail spray handy to get them off ASAP. (I live in MD, but my friend drove home from FL and had some stay on his Vette. They tear up paint quick!)
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:22 AM   #12
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Really? Won't the spray hurt the paint?
no, i lived in Florida for like 2 years, and on the news down there they had a report on doing just that. i tried it and it was great, didnt harm paint at all. love bug guts are corrosive to paint and will eat through it.
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:48 AM   #13
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Thanks for the tips. I already have Meguir's Ultimate spray on hand. I'll just clean it often.

I am a Florida State grad, too. Gators suck. Go Noles.
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spray Pam cooking spray (or similar) on your front end and the guts wont eat your paint.
Just don't use the Butter flavored spray, you won't be able to keep the trolls away from your car ...
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