Bugs are everywhere, and every now and then a winged critter goes splat on your windshield during a commute. While disgusting, insect entrails on your car seem rather minor and can easily be cleaned with a towel, right? Actually, it’s not that simple. Car protection from insects is essential because bug splatter can cause longstanding surface damage.
How Insects Are Damaging to Your Car
An insect’s internal bodily fluids are acidic and can dissolve the car’s paint if not wiped away at once. Lovebugs, for instance, have fluids around 6.5 pH. However, a dead lovebug’s fluid can lower to 4.25 pH in as little as 24 hours. As you may remember from middle school chemistry class, a lower pH means higher acidity. If insect remains are left intact, then the acid can etch into the clear coat and paint.
Car Protection from Insects; How It’s Done
Most auto body repair services suggest using car wax to provide a barrier between the car surface and insect debris. Should a splatter occur, don’t try to scrape off the bug parts. This may drive the acidic fluids deeper into the surface and cause a scratch or discoloration. 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 several minutes.
What About Pre-Existing Insect Damage?
Bothell can be a buggy area, especially during the summer months. If a bug splatter went unnoticed and damage has already incurred, bring your car to our auto painting shop to have the spot restored. call NW Auto Rebuild for repair estimates. Car protection from insects ensures the fluids don’t harm the paintwork in the first place.
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