Anyone who drives in the Midwest country side knows of the bug gut problems. What's the best way to get rid of dried bug guts off the nose? When the car gets hot the bugs in the coolers start smelling like a grasshopper deep fry...
I use Simple Green and it works very well. Claybar in the spring to
remove the imbedded exoskeletons and other debris from the paint :-)
So your SHO is smelling like a "mouse burger with French flies"?
Again with the B&B references!
Simple Green has always been better for the bugs than most other
cleaners I've tried. I use a bucket of HOT water (so hot you can
barely dunk your hand in there) with a terry cloth rag to swab the
front end down continuously for about 5 minutes. This softens them up
and gets rid of the fresh ones. Then I blast the remaining offenders
with Simple Green, let it soak for as long as possible before the SG
starts to dry up, and swab again with hot water. The SG really cuts
through quite nicely, and doesn't seem to hurt the finish as much as
some other degreasers. You still probably don't want to do this too
frequently as you'll need to claybar and wax afterward, but it's good
after a long road trip.
WD-40 actually works pretty well in some cases, too. Then you just
need to wash off the WD with car wash detergent when you are done.--
I'll try that I have some of the Simple Green. I'm going to try and soak the front first with wet towels, hopefully this will loosen the dried protein....
Dan Carman wrote:
"Simple Green has always been better for the bugs than most other
cleaners I've tried."
A related question: what's best for getting off the gooey
paper/tape/glue Virginia temp regisration sticker from the lower middle
windshield.? It's not in a good position to really go after it with a
single edge razor. At least not with my meathooks.
The orange based cleaners work good on the adhesive stuff.
Gasoline works wonders to remove anything from the sticky to the bugs, to paint from door dings. Still cheaper by volume than most cleaning products. Just wash and wax afterwards.
Goo gone - but don't let it get on the dash. I just removed the VA
stickers from my car last weekend. I rigged a straight-edge razor
with vice-grip pliers and managed to get the meat hooks in there far
enough to completely remove the stickers. Goo remains and will be
removed with Goo Gone.
Goo-gone is a pretty good product for that. I think it has citrus oils and lacquer thinner in it.
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Cover it with margarine, and let it sit for a bit. Wipes right off.
Actually, anything with veggie oil works, but margarine sticks better. It's
good for all of the sticky residue.
Then add some garlic, salt and pepper and grill to taste!! Ohhh man I just couldn't......
Plain Old Windshield Washer Solvent. Go Get a Jug - LOTS Cheaper than
Gas Nowadays - and it shouldn't take off your wax either.
This is what I did at the SHOw and I was PEPPERED in Bug Goo. Just
Steal a Hand towel from your Hotel Room and soak it down with WW
Solvent. Wipe over everything and let it sit for a bit. Go over
everything 2 or 3 times with a pause in the middle (This is where You
Drink the Beer !) each time and everything pretty much comes off
without a fight.
It helps to leave the jug in the trunk during the day to heat it up for you.
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Wonder how lard would work? I onetime accidentally got black industrial ink on my table top. This had been set up for a couple hours. I put some lard on it and covered with a paper towel that was weighted down. Left it sit over night and took it off, all the black ink was absorbed into the paper towel.
Paul ................patching rust holes in the rear inner fender where they should have put in a liner......
I think peanut butter would be better.
It's the same as margarine....it's the veggie oil that does the job, and the
margarine or peanut butter just holds it in place.
Margarine is cheaper and easier to wipe off!!
I'll use lard on one turn signal and peanut butter on the other. Just have to keep the pug in the house....
I had to remove my last year TX sticker the other day, and there was residue from past stickers on the windshield also. It wasn't aesthetically pleasing. I used this stuff called Goof Off which comes in a little yellow rectangular can (about 3x2) and has a little spout on the top. I squeezed some on a paper towel and went to work. This stuff dissolved all of the gook. Then I sprayed some window cleaner and wiped it off. Clean as a whistle and ready for the next sticker.
There are some of those glues that are not fazed by alcohol or lacquer thinner (two of my favorite cleaners).
*Ed Note: I just don't know where to begin with that remark - I'll just sit here and giggle quietly*
I do a power wash for the big chunks, then a plastic scrungy pad. Swirl
Remover gets the bad marks out.
**OMG -Did Ron say Scrungy????****
Well wd 40, Crisco, rubbing with a plastic pad and a power washer got rod of the big chunks. Going to try some ammonia.
Good thing Larry aint there either.
Kirk J Doucette
** It's isn't sir, not ain't!****
I should have tried the ammonia first. $.69 a quart and takes off bug guts faster than a 40 lb 'coon can strip a sweet corn ear.
*Now there's a visual I can do without*
"TG, rubbing alcohol works great"
Ding ding ding! A winner!
I tried some commercial bumper-sticker-remover prod I found in the
garage: "Sticker Shock."
Didn't work much, even with LOTS of elbow grease with a sharp knife.
This VA sticker was a tough bastard: several discrete pieces (for
example, The "month" number separate from the "year" number," and the
rectangle framing them both a third piece, all apparently with
Anyway, whitesho's suggestion was killer--rubbing alcohol got almost
all of it, with a few swipes. That left one little stubborn spot, so
I took Dan Carman's suggestion fr the bugs, simply because I had some
in the garage--a knock-off of Simple Green from the 99-cent store.
One swipe, and what the alcohol didn't get, the green stuff did.
Thanks to all for the suggestions.
"rubbing alcohol works great"
That's wwhat Kitty Dukakis said... Sorry, I couldn't resist!
*I warned Seth, not too many folk will get that one**
My local shop had a long-handled scraper that held a single edge razor
blade. I never knew where that one came from but more recently I saw a
similar scraper at my local Sherwin-Williams store. IIRC it was about 6"