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Old 05-07-2013, 03:18 PM   #1
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Default Love Bug Season....ahhhh!

Those of you in Florida know what I'm talking about. These things destroy your paint if you don't get them off quickly. Every day for the next month or so I will be washing the hood and windshield of my car.
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:33 PM   #2
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Time for a clear bra or sealent n wax
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:44 PM   #3
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Nothing worse than those nasty painteaters
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:50 PM   #4
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Those of you in Florida know what I'm talking about. These things destroy your paint if you don't get them off quickly. Every day for the next month or so I will be washing the hood and windshield of my car.
Every time I was my bumper to get the bugs off I get sadder and sadder realizing that more and more of the "bugs" are rock chips.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:31 PM   #5
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Every time I was my bumper to get the bugs off I get sadder and sadder realizing that more and more of the "bugs" are rock chips.
I have the same problem in California. I feel your pain brother.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:28 PM   #6
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At least you dont have to deal with salt-paved roads in the winter. Its a trade off.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:50 PM   #7
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ArmorAll Bug Spray Remover works pretty well
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:45 AM   #8
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ArmorAll Bug Spray Remover works pretty well
Armorall is a bad word. Don't say it.
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:23 AM   #9
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Well, in the sense of getting bugs off the car, and for something you can go quickly pick up from the local auto store, it does the job much better than a QD.


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Old 05-08-2013, 10:40 AM   #10
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Armorall is a bad word. Don't say it.
....and why is that?
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:45 AM   #11
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....and why is that?
Well, quite a lot of people frequenting car forums believe that Armorall products are either responsible for fading/cracking their dashboard or are just plain crappy.

Personally, I choose to believe the latter. I hate the greasy feel and overly-blingy shine that it leaves and I just don't like any of the products that they make.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:42 PM   #12
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At least you dont have to deal with salt-paved roads in the winter. Its a trade off.
I dunno, in NJ I get both. The bugs were wicked last week
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:53 PM   #13
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Well, quite a lot of people frequenting car forums believe that Armorall products are either responsible for fading/cracking their dashboard or are just plain crappy.

Personally, I choose to believe the latter. I hate the greasy feel and overly-blingy shine that it leaves and I just don't like any of the products that they make.
Yep. Crappy. Their all surface cleaners leave streaks on any smooth surface. They're mostly water and cheap soaps. Meguiars or mothers ftw
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Old 05-08-2013, 01:26 PM   #14
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Well, quite a lot of people frequenting car forums believe that Armorall products are either responsible for fading/cracking their dashboard or are just plain crappy.

Personally, I choose to believe the latter. I hate the greasy feel and overly-blingy shine that it leaves and I just don't like any of the products that they make.
I have heard those opinions as well. Unfortunately, quite a lot of those people only use hearsay as their reason to slam an entire line of products. Ask them for specifics and they rarely can provide any. .....personal experience or supporting details about specific products is another story (and even then it can be a YMMV sort of thing).

The long standing belief that using AA products will somehow cause cracks on your dashboard has its roots in the experiences of some with their early formulation back in the 80's that contained a solvent based silicone. There was some truth to it back then. They switched to water based about 25 years ago which is what many modern dressings contain.

AA makes a lot of different products these days all with varying characteristics and for an assortment of applications. Personally, I have very limited experience with 99% of their product line (which is why I asked).
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:58 PM   #15
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I've never heard the cracking stuff. All I know is they don't clean half as well as other products.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:14 PM   #16
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I don't know about the other AA products, but all I know is that the Armorall bug remover works, isn't a thick tar remover like gel and is readily available at most places.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:24 PM   #17
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I've never heard the cracking stuff. All I know is they don't clean half as well as other products.
.....yeah. There were one or more lawsuits related to the issues of using solvent based silicones in their product. These are known to have a negative affect on plastics and rubber by essentially "drying" those materials out. ....attacking components (like plasticizers, anti-ozonants, etc.) which are needed to keep them healthy.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:36 PM   #18
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The wheel protectant spray is awesome. Use it on my wife's car and it keeps the dust off well longer than without it. That is the only product I use of theirs however.
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:04 PM   #19
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clear bra and then opti-coat on top. problem solved.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:28 PM   #20
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I have heard those opinions as well. Unfortunately, quite a lot of those people only use hearsay as their reason to slam an entire line of products. Ask them for specifics and they rarely can provide any. .....personal experience or supporting details about specific products is another story (and even then it can be a YMMV sort of thing).

The long standing belief that using AA products will somehow cause cracks on your dashboard has its roots in the experiences of some with their early formulation back in the 80's that contained a solvent based silicone. There was some truth to it back then. They switched to water based about 25 years ago which is what many modern dressings contain.

AA makes a lot of different products these days all with varying characteristics and for an assortment of applications. Personally, I have very limited experience with 99% of their product line (which is why I asked).
Thanks for the good info. I had no idea they had switched to a water-based formula. Well, that's something new I learned today.

In my previous post, I may have gone overboard by claiming that I hated all their products. Well, let me rephrase it by saying that all the AA products I've tried so far, I didn't like them. On the other hand, most Meguiars' products I've tried, I ended up loving them.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:30 PM   #21
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By the way, OP... you might wanna give the 3M paint defender spray a try. Check out the other thread with the review. It looks like a super affordable solution to your problems.
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:21 AM   #22
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I was at the car wash today for almost an hour just trying get 100's of nasty bugs off my bumper/mirrors/windshield, and I kid you not within 10min back on the road I got a HUGE splatter of bird crap. SMH
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:50 PM   #23
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To get some of the harder bugs to come off use a dryer sheet it works really well!
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:47 PM   #24
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I just use simple green, spray affected areas, let soak, wash off.
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:58 PM   #25
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I just use simple green, spray affected areas, let soak, wash off.
You better be diluting the hell out of simple green. It can eat clear coat
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