Insects on your vehicle’s finish don’t just look bad, but can ultimately damage the paint. Here’s how to get these unwanted hitchhikers off your hood.
Get to them as soon as possible
Don’t let them bake on
Spray with bug cleaner
Let the cleaner sit
Rub with a damp cloth
Dry the area
Wash and dry the car
Wax the car
Treat your car to paint sealant
The longer a bug stays on your paint, the tougher it will be to remove. Clean them off as soon as you can.
Bugs are protein, and if you’ve ever had a steak stick on the BBQ, you know how well baked-on protein can hang on. If the vehicle sits in the sun, a bug left too long can leave permanent marks in the paint.
Follow the package directions. It’s better to clean twice than to spray too much cleaner on at once. Hold a towel under the spot to catch any excess that drips off.
Leave the spray for one to two minutes, to help it loosen the bug. Keep an eye on it, and don’t let it dry on the vehicle.
Use a soft cloth and rub gently. Never use a kitchen-style scrubbing pad, which will scratch the paint.
Use a hose and cool water, and rinse until the water coming off the vehicle runs clear.
Use a microfibre towel, which does the best job of quickly drying without streaking. Don’t use terrycloth, such as an old bath towel may be made of, since it can leave marks.
Clean the entire vehicle in preparation for wax. Be sure to get any bugs off the windshield as well.
Waxing helps protect the surface. Wax one section at a time, and follow the package directions.
Paint sealants can help prevent bugs and grime from sticking and damaging the paint. They’re great protection both on brand-new and older paint surfaces.