Bugs are everywhere, and every now and then a winged critter goes splat on your windshield when you’re driving. While disgusting, insect entrails on your car seem pretty harmless and can easily be cleaned with a sponge, right? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. You really do need to protect your car from insect damage because bug splatter can cause noticeable surface damage.
Why Insects Are Hazardous for Your Car
An insect’s internal fluids are acidic and can dissolve the car’s paint if not immediately wiped away. Lovebugs, for instance, have fluids around 6.5 pH. However, a dead lovebug’s fluid can lower to 4.25 pH in just 24 hours. As you may remember from junior high science class, a lower pH means more acidity. If insect remains are left intact, then the acid can etch into the clear coat and paint.
Most auto body repair services recommend using car wax to provide a coat between the car surface and insect debris. Should a splatter occur, don’t try to scrub off the bug parts as this may drive the fluids deeper into the surface and cause a scratch. Remove the bug remains using a solvent and a microfiber cloth. You can also spray the area with a pre-wax cleaner or WD40 and let it soak for a few minutes.
If the Damage has Already Occurred
Seattle can be a buggy area especially during the fall. If a bug splatter went unnoticed and damage has been done, bring your car to our auto painting shop to have the spot polished over; contact Bodyworks Auto Rebuild for repair estimates in this scenario. Protecting your car from insect damage, though, will ensure the fluids don’t blemish the paint in the first place.
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Edited by Justin Vorhees