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Old 05-02-2011, 02:10 PM   #1
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Love bugs--florida drivers

So this is my first season of love bugs here and WOW! they are everywhere! Do you drive your camaro's in this mess? Mine is not moving until this is over. Don't want to chance messing up my paint over a freaking bug..

For those that don't know. Love bugs are these tiny black bugs that are "stuck" together and when they splatter on your car, their juices eat through your paint in about 12 hours. Nasty little things.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:18 PM   #2
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I carry around waterless wash and bug remover, everytime im going to be parked for more than an hour i clean it up.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:22 PM   #3
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wow...ive never heard of such a thing.. thank god for being from texas i guess. lol good luck though.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:25 PM   #4
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wow...ive never heard of such a thing.. thank god for being from texas i guess. lol good luck though.
Texas has them too, just on the Gulf Coast side. Hate those things. They haven't been too bad here, it's usually worse later in the year.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:26 PM   #5
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I won't let them stop me from driving that's for sure. I just wash them off, before they get a chance to do any harm. I also go heavy with the detail spray once or twice a week, it helps.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:28 PM   #6
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I took my car out for 5 min. yesterday and put it right back in the garage. Took it out this morning and washed it. I am not taking it out until they are gone. Pisses me off. I was told by someone the other day. If you take Pam, that cooking stuff, and put a light coat on the front they will wipe right off. Haven't tried it yet.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:28 PM   #7
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south carolina bugs are pretty bad too, it pisses me off
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:29 PM   #8
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wow...ive never heard of such a thing.. thank god for being from texas i guess. lol good luck though.
I'm from Indiana and just moved here in Nov. Never heard of such a thing either until I was buying my camaro and they were telling me about the paint warranty and how it's protected from love bugs. I actually laughed b/c I thought they were kidding
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:51 PM   #9
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So this is my first season of love bugs here and WOW! they are everywhere! Do you drive your camaro's in this mess? Mine is not moving until this is over. Don't want to chance messing up my paint over a freaking bug..

For those that don't know. Love bugs are these tiny black bugs that are "stuck" together and when they splatter on your car, their juices eat through your paint in about 12 hours. Nasty little things.
Everytime I park during love bug season I take out the baby wipes which removes them quickly as long as you don't let them sit for hours. Then I hit it with a quick spray wax.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:59 PM   #10
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:03 PM   #11
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The easiest way to remove the love bugs is to take a dryer sheet and spray some water on it and rub the love bugs right off. This works for fresh love bugs you just hit or ones that have been on for a few hours.
You can buy the cheap dollar store ones, they work like a charm.
If the love bugs are left on your paint for a few days and really bake into the paint, they can eat through the clear coat, in which case you can use ICE liquid clay bar on it. Buff the liquid clay bar in by hand then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth. Repeat until the clear oat looks new
Neither product will harm you paint job. I've done this many times.
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:05 PM   #12
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When I used to live in Florida, I would have to stop sometimes because so many love bugs had splattered on my windshield that I couldn't see. Nasty suckers!
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:14 PM   #13
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very nasty indeed, I hate the smell of them too! I wash the front of my car everyday when I get home during the season.
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:18 PM   #14
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So glad I live in Maryland.. I have enough problems with paint chips
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