Spring is upon Central Texas. Even though a lot of our birds don’t migrate South for the winter, they surely seem to get more active as it gets warmer. With this comes the dreaded bird bombs that every owner of a perfectly washed car has experienced. Even though you can’t control when nature strikes, you can at least control how it affects your automobile.
Dried, baked on, caked on bird droppings can damage your vehicle’s exterior paint if left on there for a long time. Some professionals will tell you it’s because of the acid content in bird droppings, and others might explain the damage by the contraction of paint lacquer around gritty mounds of bird waste. Whatever the reason, there are several measures you can take to protect your car’s paintwork.
Your first line of defense is to wax your car once in a while to prevent bird waste and other debris from sticking so well to your automobile’s finish. Not only will the wax coating provide a slicker surface on your car, but it can also help with the harsh effects of UV rays.
Next, whenever you do find your car has been the unfortunate target of a bird dropping, remove it as soon as possible, especially as the Texas temperatures get warmer. You can risk having the waste bake onto your car’s finish.
Finally, if you’re faced with removing old, dried bird droppings--or even dead bugs for that matter--from your car paint, be careful not to damage your paint accidentally by rubbing it off. Place a wet, disposable towel on the bird waste and leave it there for a few minutes to soften. When you’re ready, remove the towel with the bird waste. Then use a mild cleanser with a clean, soft cloth to remove the rest of the residue.
Keeping these simple practices in mind can keep your car looking like new for years to come.
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