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Old 05-23-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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Removing Very Dried On Bugs Off Your Car

Well, I hope if you guys are regular visitors to this subforum, you never let your car get this bad in terms of bugs.

But if you do let your car get splattered with bugs and not care for months at a time, this is how I would deal with it:

http://youtu.be/_K7sxZy4C4M

The key thing is preventative maintenance to make sure that you are never in this situation!!
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:42 PM   #2
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I use Waterless Wash and let it dwell and then spray it off then wash the car.
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I highly recommend Fastwax. While on a mini road trip, I went to gas up my Camaro and there were a couple of guys selling this stuff outside the gas station. They did a demo on my car which was covered with dead baked-on insects. ALL the bug stuff came off with the product - I was amazed. I bought two cans of the stuff and will buy more when I run out.

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I highly recommend Fastwax. While on a mini road trip, I went to gas up my Camaro and there were a couple of guys selling this stuff outside the gas station. They did a demo on my car which was covered with dead baked-on insects. ALL the bug stuff came off with the product - I was amazed. I bought two cans of the stuff and will buy more when I run out.

Video here.
Guys if you watch the video, you will see that those bugs were baked on. I can guarantee neither of those types of products would have touched the bugs at all. There is simply nothing you can do that will be spray and wipe off after a certain point of time.

If the bugs are a day old or even up to a week old, that might work. But two months, no that wouldn't of done anything.

You can choose to believe me or not of course, but if whatever you are using works for you and you are happy, stick with it.
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Guys if you watch the video, you will see that those bugs were backed on. I can guarantee neither of those types of products would have touched the bugs at all. There is simply nothing you can do that will be spray and wipe off after a certain point of time.

If the bugs are a day old or even up to a week old, that might work. But two months, no that wouldn't of done anything.

You can choose to believe me or not of course, but if whatever you are using for you works for you and you are happy stick with it.
I agree, especially Lovebugs which are a whole new level of hell. Do you prefer using diluted APC for this use since it's easy and pretty cost effective or a dedicated bug cleaner? I like Duragloss' bug remover but just wanted to see your thoughts on using APC as a very multi-use product.
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I agree, especially Lovebugs which are a whole new level of hell. Do you prefer using diluted APC for this use since it's easy and pretty cost effective or a dedicated bug cleaner? I like Duragloss' bug remover but just wanted to see your thoughts on using APC as a very multi-use product.
I use APC as noted in the video.

There is a user on autopia forums that is I believe if I remember correctly a Molecular Chemist.

He explains the situation much better than I can:

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Specialist bug removers are really just a money spinner, I am afraid. There are two types of product sold this way:

Solvent based product- typically these are sold as bug and tar removers. They are not water dilutable. They will be very effective with bugs and much much better on tar than option 2. Unfortunately, because they cannot be diluted and are necessarily 100% active products, they are really quite expensive.

Water based product - These will be water dilutable and will be much much less than 100% active so are much cheaper than solvent products. Against bugs they can still be very effective but against tar they will be of limited use and often totally useless.

The water based products are often very similar to APCs, there is very little special about them. Likewise, very similar to prewash products. In some cases, bug removers are actually 'ready for use' versions of APCs - they are diluted yet strangely cost more than many of the concentrated APCs out there!
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Ah okay thanks!

Where have you found is the best place to pick up spray bottles? It seems you already have them pre-diluted, or ready for a specific product (like APC) to be diluted.
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For the most part I use the $3 ones you can get at walmart. They are not bad at all for the money.

I have a few Kwazar ones too which are amazing, but with a more specific purpose. Those are seriously expensive but they spray both when you pull the trigger as well as release. This is great when using tire cleaner, wheel cleaner, detail spray, waterless wash, and clay lube as it effectively cuts the amount of times you have to pull the trigger in half.

The kwazar ones can be bought for much cheaper (almost half off) at some online pet store. Just look up double spray trigger or something like that.

Lastly, I have a few Adam's spray bottles. These are very good, but ridiculously pricey. I prefer these when I want to use something but not waste as much product as using a Kwazar bottle.
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I have a Kwazar, yeah it's amazing I use it for claying. But at $14 a pop it's not worth it from Amazon. I'll probably go pick up some Rubbermaid in the future from Walmart.
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I have a Kwazar, yeah it's amazing I use it for claying. But at $14 a pop it's not worth it from Amazon. I'll probably go pick up some Rubbermaid in the future from Walmart.
like I said, it's like $6 a pop on that pet store.
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Cool, thanks.
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Great timing for this video. This weekend I am going to work on my daughter's beater SUV. She goes camping a lot and the bugs are really dried on.

I was going to go to the "do it yourself" wash and use soap foam and the high pressure wash. Might use the brush too since it's a beater SUV.
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CG has some heavy duty 32oz sprayers that have adjustable spray tip (fine mist to stream) and have the dilution markings on the side for easy mixing in the bottle. They're 4.99 for one and go down as you buy more. 12 for $2/each is the lowest. Just another option for ya.
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Ah okay thanks!

Where have you found is the best place to pick up spray bottles? It seems you already have them pre-diluted, or ready for a specific product (like APC) to be diluted.
I use spray bottles from the dollar store. They are sturdy and they have measure marks etched into them.

For detail spray or clay lube, I use a pump, garden sprayer from OSH, I think it was $6.00.
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Great video right before breakfast

What do you suggest about bugs that have dried say maybe a day or 2? Recently I have noticed more and more bugs clinging to my front, and I am sure it is only going to get worse. Not only that, but here in the north east we are having a cicada outbreak after 17 years. Can't wait!!
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i thought dryer fabric softener sheets work too thats what i been using for a while now
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Great video right before breakfast

What do you suggest about bugs that have dried say maybe a day or 2? Recently I have noticed more and more bugs clinging to my front, and I am sure it is only going to get worse. Not only that, but here in the north east we are having a cicada outbreak after 17 years. Can't wait!!
If you follow the video and the dwell time recommended they will likely come off no problem or with slight agitation. I wouldn't let the APC sit for more than 5-10 minutes though.
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If you follow the video and the dwell time recommended they will likely come off no problem or with slight agitation. I wouldn't let the APC sit for more than 5-10 minutes though.
I assume claying and a wax/sealant would be necessary after using the APC as that strips wax.
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I assume claying and a wax/sealant would be necessary after using the APC as that strips wax.
Claying depends on the condition of the paint, do a quick test to see if it's smooth. As for whether APC strips wax or sealant depends on how much the APC was used (agitation, dilution, working time), but it can't hurt to reapply in the working area.
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holy crap shit ton of bugs on that car. I freak out after a week if bugs are on the car. Great job on the front of that.
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Looked like old love bugs. those little bastards are a Son of B to get off of you don't do it right away like Roshan indicates in the video.
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WD-40 works great for dried on bugs. I've been using it for well over 20 years without a problem. You just have to wash the area you sprayed well when done and reapply your favorite wax.
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What do you suggest about bugs that have dried say maybe a day or 2? Recently I have noticed more and more bugs clinging to my front, and I am sure it is only going to get worse. Not only that, but here in the north east we are having a cicada outbreak after 17 years. Can't wait!!
Make sure to get a few extra layers of wax or sealant, that helps a lot. When they are stuck on for just a few days, I use a waterless wash, let it sit for 30 seconds, wipe with a microfiber in one direction, never using the same side of the microfiber again.

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I'd be scared of scratches in the paint.

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Claying may not be necessary, but applying more wax or sealant is definitely necessary.


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Claying depends on the condition of the paint, do a quick test to see if it's smooth. As for whether APC strips wax or sealant depends on how much the APC was used (agitation, dilution, working time), but it can't hurt to reapply in the working area.
No, waxing and or sealant is necessary because bug guts which are acidic and apc which is alkaline both remove wax/sealant.
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Make sure to get a few extra layers of wax or sealant, that helps a lot. When they are stuck on for just a few days, I use a waterless wash, let it sit for 30 seconds, wipe with a microfiber in one direction, never using the same side of the microfiber again.



I'd be scared of scratches in the paint.



Claying may not be necessary, but applying more wax or sealant is definitely necessary.




No, waxing and or sealant is necessary because bug guts which are acidic and apc which is alkaline both remove wax/sealant.
but nah it doesnt scratch the paint at all. its the product thats in the fabric softer that works like a champ. plus i have the clear bra too. so no scratches here
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On my Harley. Hot wet towel like your gonna give it a close shave. Wet the towel let it soak until its cool. Bugs rehydrate then wipe right off. Works on the car as well. No chemicals. No stripping of wax.
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