How To Remove Bugs From A Car

Any bug can hit a windshield, but it takes guts to stick. Yes, that was a dad joke, but bugs sticking to your windshield and other parts of your car can be hazardous and harmful for your vehicle. If you drive long distances or live in an area with a high population of flying insects, you probably know what it is like. But do you know how to clean them off quickly and efficiently? We are going to look at the best ways to do that here. 

When there are bugs stuck to your windshield, it creates a driving hazard. It can often make such a mess that your windshield wiper fluid is not enough to do the trick. It is also damaging to other parts of your vehicle. Bug bodies can be acidic and cause damage to your paint job. They can also cause stains to your car’s paint job or permanent discolorations on your windshield. 

So, let us look at the right way to clean bugs from your vehicle. We are going to make sure the method we use will be safe for your car and still do the job. Some chemicals can be more damaging than the bugs, so we want to make sure we choose the right ones. We are also going to look at the best way to keep bug guts from staining your vehicle. 

How To Clean Bugs Off A Vehicle's Exterior Without Causing Damage 

Bug guts do not typically wash right off. The stains do not just go away either. There is a specific set of steps you should follow to remove the bug remains from your vehicle. Here is your step by step guide. 

Step One – Wash Your Car

Give your car a good washing, even if it is not particularly dirty. It will make it easier for you to see the areas that are most affected by the bugs. You can take it to your local self-wash facility or do it yourself in the yard. 

Step Two – Gather Your Supplies

There are different bug removal products out there. You can easily go to your local auto supply shop, hardware store, or Walmart and find the right choice for you. There are other options if you do not want to buy another chemical product for your car. 

The bug mitt is one idea. A bug mitt is a microfiber glove that works wonders on your vehicle if the stains are fresh. WD-40 is another good option. We all have a can of WD-40 lying around, and one of the things it is suitable for is getting bugs and bug stains off cars. 

Another option is dryer sheets. Surprised? Yeah, us too. Just get them a little wet and wipe the affected area. Cool, right? 

Many people prefer a bug and tar remover, but if you are trying to avoid buying another chemical car care product, those items we have listed here should do the trick. 

Step Three – Prepare For The Job

With the bug mitt, you just use regular car soap and water. Just clean the areas like normal. The dryer sheets should be moistened, and you should use a medium amount of pressure. If you are using WD-40, spray the affected area, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe with a clean rag. Bug and tar remover should be prepared by following the instructions printed on the bottle. 

Step Four – Carefully Clean The Affected Areas

It is essential to take care and clean as gently as possible. You do not want to cause damage while cleaning the bugs and stains off your car or your car’s windshield. You must follow these instructions and do a thorough job. Again, with the bug and tar remover, follow the instructions on the bottle. 

Step Five – Wash Your Car Again

Even if you washed it in step one, do it again. This will guarantee there is no more remaining residue anywhere on your vehicle surface. 

Step Six – Time To Wax

This kind of cleaning procedure can remove your wax job. It’s a good idea to wash your car thoroughly after you have cleaned the bugs off. 

There you have it. That is the step by step procedure for cleaning bugs off your car. You have just saved a lot of money on getting a new paint job and prevented any permanent damage from occurring. The fact is, there is no single best method for cleaning bugs off your vehicle. You may have to try a couple of different techniques. If all else fails, you can go to a professional. 

How To Protect Your Car From Bug Stains

Bugs are not going away any time soon. You are probably going to be driving your car for a while, too. Why not consider a few options to protect your car from flying insects while you are driving. There are a few ways. We will look at a couple of ways here. 

One way to protect your car from bugs is a protective coating. There are a variety of coating products available, and they all work the same way. You just spray the coating on your car or have it done. It provides a slick surface that keeps the bugs from permanently sticking to your paint job. 

Another way to protect your car from bugs is the temporary film. It is basically a clear “bra” that you put on the vehicle. For the best results, when using a protective film, have it put on by a professional. 

The last way is to use masking tape or a painter’s tape. Of course, it will not look good, but if you are taking a long-distance road trip and are cost-conscious, this might be the best answer for you. Simply tape it to the front of your car and hit the road. When you finish the trip, just peel it off. Since it is painters tape, it will come off without harming the vehicle’s paint job.