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Old 06-04-2012, 11:04 AM   #1
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What do you use to get rid of bugs on your front bumper ?

What do you use to get rid of bugs on your front bumper ?

I have a 60 mile round trip to work 4 days a week, so I clean my front bumper every day to every two days and the car itself a couple times per-week. I usually use Car Brite Glass Cleaner and a medium texture Yellow Scrub Pad. Works well for the most part, would like some input from others to see what your methods are..
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:07 AM   #2
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Make sure you have a good coat of wax on the front at all times. Then spray a little DS or WW and let sit for a minute or 2 and the bugs should wipe right off.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:20 AM   #3
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If you keep your car waxed, then I use detail spray like the other member mentioned and let it sit for a few minutes and the bugs come right off, but when i wax my car the front bumper always get 2-3 good coats of wax or whatever you use...
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:50 AM   #4
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I wouldn't use anything that has the words "scrub pad " in it. Soap and water should do the job and a good coat of wax.








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I like to use the Waterless Wash for removing bugs
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:02 PM   #6
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jimmypage4ever, This is something I started doing nearly 15 years ago, after all, I am a "CAR GUY" and I love my ride.....

Lets assume that you, like the vast majority of people, go to work in the early morning so its a bit cooler when you get to work.

I have a 12" x 12" MF towel that, when folded a few times, fits easily in a 1 qt zip-loc bag. I saturate it with H2O, and put it in the side pocket of my door. When I arrive at work in the morning, with the fresh bugs on the front of the car, I simply get out the saturated MF town, and EASILY wipe off the bugs....then dry off the wet partion of the front of the car. takes a minute or two, and you don't end up with bugs BAKING onto the front of your car.

Some of the guys at work think I'm a little nuts, but there is no doubt that my car is the nicest looking car in the whole lot. Always has been, always will be.

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Pro active Sir Nuke, I like your approach.
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bug & tar remover, or wax.
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:36 PM   #9
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Here in Florida, love bugs are the primary culprit. Love bugs in particular have very fatty bodies, which produce a lot of enzymes. Plus, their sheer number on our busy roads make them unavoidable. And, since they are love bugs, they hit your vehicle two at a time. As soon as you notice bugs on your vehicle, try to take action. If the spot is relatively fresh, you can use a microfiber towel and a quick detailer to wipe the paint clean. This is ideal because you’re not removing any existing wax. If that didn’t work, you need a stronger solution. Poorboy’s Bug Squash is a step up from a quick detailer in terms of cleaning ability, but it is still very gentle on paintwork and glass. Poorboy's Bug Squash softens bug remains to break their bond with the surface. Don't forget to use the Safe Scrub Bug Sponge. This product helps you remove bugs and tar easily with the honeycomb texture sponge soaked in soapy water first for lubrication the then use the Poorboy's Bug Squash.
For those really stubborn isolated spots you might run into, you can use any number of bug and tar removers that are basically strong cleaners intended to dissolve bugs and tar. Examples are Stoner XENIT and Tarminator and Wurth Tar Remover. P21S Total Car Wash and Meguiars All Purpose Cleaner Plus are all-over exterior cleaners that work wonders on sticky grime. The drawback to bug and tar removers and cleaners is that you will have to reapply paint protection. So always have a first aid kit for your car in your car when needed.
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:37 PM   #10
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jimmypage4ever, This is something I started doing nearly 15 years ago, after all, I am a "CAR GUY" and I love my ride.....

Lets assume that you, like the vast majority of people, go to work in the early morning so its a bit cooler when you get to work.

I have a 12" x 12" MF towel that, when folded a few times, fits easily in a 1 qt zip-loc bag. I saturate it with H2O, and put it in the side pocket of my door. When I arrive at work in the morning, with the fresh bugs on the front of the car, I simply get out the saturated MF town, and EASILY wipe off the bugs....then dry off the wet partion of the front of the car. takes a minute or two, and you don't end up with bugs BAKING onto the front of your car.

Some of the guys at work think I'm a little nuts, but there is no doubt that my car is the nicest looking car in the whole lot. Always has been, always will be.

Ill give it a go when I go back to work tuesday, sounds like a good method, and I go to work at 3:30 in the afternoon and get off at 1am so those bugs definitely do bake out in the sun all day. Thanks
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:40 PM   #11
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Here in Florida, love bugs are the primary culprit. Love bugs in particular have very fatty bodies, which produce a lot of enzymes. Plus, their sheer number on our busy roads make them unavoidable. And, since they are love bugs, they hit your vehicle two at a time. As soon as you notice bugs on your vehicle, try to take action. If the spot is relatively fresh, you can use a microfiber towel and a quick detailer to wipe the paint clean. This is ideal because you’re not removing any existing wax. If that didn’t work, you need a stronger solution. Poorboy’s Bug Squash is a step up from a quick detailer in terms of cleaning ability, but it is still very gentle on paintwork and glass. Poorboy's Bug Squash softens bug remains to break their bond with the surface. Don't forget to use the Safe Scrub Bug Sponge. This product helps you remove bugs and tar easily with the honeycomb texture sponge soaked in soapy water first for lubrication the then use the Poorboy's Bug Squash.
For those really stubborn isolated spots you might run into, you can use any number of bug and tar removers that are basically strong cleaners intended to dissolve bugs and tar. Examples are Stoner XENIT and Tarminator and Wurth Tar Remover. P21S Total Car Wash and Meguiars All Purpose Cleaner Plus are all-over exterior cleaners that work wonders on sticky grime. The drawback to bug and tar removers and cleaners is that you will have to reapply paint protection. So always have a first aid kit for your car in your car when needed.
Thats the scrub pad I use regularly works wonders, Ive been using turtle wax tar and bug remover and when using it, it takes a little work but gets it off none the less. The Poorboys bug squash sounds like a good investment i need to look into getting. Thanks for all of the great info everyone!
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:18 PM   #12
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Im in Florida, I hate those lil' love bugs!
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Im in Florida, I hate those lil' love bugs!
we got them here on the golf coast of Texas too.....but their SEASON is later in the year for us here.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:51 PM   #14
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ALRIGHT GUYS THERE IS A REASON I AM TYPING THIS IN ALL CAPS.

WET DRYER SHEETS!

Try it, and come back and tell me how right I am!
I even soak them in water and put that water in a spray bottle and it works as well. You're welcome.
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:24 AM   #15
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Dryer sheets do work pretty good but there is nothing special about the chemicals in them. The dryer sheet material itself is what does 90% of the work.
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:01 PM   #16
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Here is a write up by Todd on this very subject:

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Old 06-05-2012, 12:26 PM   #17
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I try to drive everywhere in reverse, but when I cant avoid it, I use Bug and Tar remover.

Works OK.
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I use Poorboy's Bug Squash Concentrate and one of their Mesh Microfiber Towels for Heavy Bug Concentrations at wash time. Great products. Little scrubbing and no scratching.
For lighter cleanups. Adams's Waterless Wash wetted Bounce Dryer Sheets followed by either more Waterless Wash or Detail Spray for cleanup.
Have been using Adams's Spray Quick Sealant since it came out a few months ago but tried it for first time 2 weeks ago over top of the wax on front end and mirrors for a recent 900 mile roundtrip. It worked great imho,kept bug splatter to a minumum and made for an even easier cleanup.
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I try to drive everywhere in reverse, but when I cant avoid it, I use Bug and Tar remover.

Works OK.
I actually just lol'd (seriously). Driving in reverse is a GREAT idea!
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:51 AM   #20
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I use Lifter1 bug and tar remover, it is citrus based not Petrolium based and will not harm vinyl stripes.
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