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Old 07-12-2002, 08:36 AM   #1
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Default Insect Removal

Before you flame me I did a search under insect removal and got nothing.

Here is the deal I drove from NY to Orlando stayed 2 weeks and drove back.

I now have 2500 miles of insects stuck to the grill/bumper/scoop/windscreen/licence plate/etc..

Rally #7 Car wash and elbow grease are not getting these things off. Can anyone suggest a good solvent to use?

I would really like to get these removed so I can put a good coat of wax on my girl.

(My car, before anyone gets any other impressions.... too much time in OT.....)

By the way 70 MPH speed limits rule!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-12-2002, 09:01 AM   #2
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Try using warm water and car wash soap and a sponge. Otherwise some of that bug and tar remover stuff on sponge will work too. I think that that stuff takes wax off too, so you'll have to wax over the part that you've hit with that stuff.

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Old 07-12-2002, 09:08 AM   #3
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I just dodge the bugs. Makes for interesting commutes.

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Old 07-12-2002, 10:52 AM   #4
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Is it just me or does the WRX seem to attrack more bugs? I've never collected that many bugs on any of my cars before!
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Old 07-12-2002, 12:01 PM   #5
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naw...I think we just hit them harder.
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Old 07-12-2002, 12:10 PM   #6
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having had number bugs check out my front end up close, I am having a hard time getting rid of the bugs too. So what I am gonna end up doing is going to ziebart or even the dealership and having them do a thorough detailing of the car. I figure its worth the money and aggravation of washing/waxing, only to see those buggers still inbedded in the paint. LaterSSS
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Old 07-12-2002, 08:01 PM   #7
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auto zone has bug/tar remover
if you are very concern abotu your car, dialute them before use

i was going to tell you to use brake fluid but.. only recommened for experts or newbies

if i am in your shoes, i'll break out the old fashion DAWN (dish detergent)

yeah yeah, i know what it does to the paint and it's made for removal of animal fat blah blah balh, but it's still the cleanest

wash it down, clay it along the way, the put your fresh coat of wax
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Old 07-12-2002, 08:23 PM   #8
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Accoring to the august Motor Trend "WD-40 makes a great bug and tar remover." The article, Car Care, is on page 113.
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Old 07-12-2002, 09:17 PM   #9
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turtle wax makes a bug and tar remover wipes, which are the mutts nuts. Real good if you are commuting to a car show or what ever. Check 'em out.

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Old 07-12-2002, 10:14 PM   #10
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Default WD-40..safe on paint finish..

Just apply cleaner, polish and wax after using it.. Do not rub the paint too hard and use cotton cloth.

I totally agree with CBoldman..

Hope it helps.
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Old 07-12-2002, 11:02 PM   #11
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well, a stock GC8 is about as aerodynamic as a brick...so i hit plenty of bugs. on the paint i just grab a nice white cotton towel or one of my microfiber towels and som QD spray, and go at it. spray some on, let it sit for 10 seconds or so, then wipe off. usually takes one swipe. if any more, i'll spray again before i buff it down.

i use Eagle 1 QD...my fav so far

now if i could only find a tire dressing that doesn't spin off above 12.72 miles an hour...
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Old 07-13-2002, 01:49 AM   #12
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now if i could only find a tire dressing that doesn't spin off above 12.72 miles an hour...
Meguirs makes a excellent tire gel....smells like a grape slurpee mmmmmmmm just dont eat it ....works really good and last a fair amount of time

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Old 07-13-2002, 03:51 AM   #13
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yea i use the bug and tar remover wipes they work awesome, u have to wipe then let it sit for a few seconds then wipe again, but its the best thing ive found so far.
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Old 07-13-2002, 08:01 AM   #14
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Do those bug + tar wipes take the wax off your car? I was told that they do.
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Old 07-13-2002, 04:44 PM   #15
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I just did the same exact thing, but I was smart enough to take my gf's Corolla. I've never seen so many bugs on a car in my life. We should have cleaned it when we got there, but no. They are a huge PITA to get off. I used a generic bug and tar remover and it worked ok, you just have to let it sit for a luttle bit. Try GooGone too.
BTW: How long did the trip take you? It took me 17 down and 16 up. Never went more than 10 over the limit.
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Old 07-13-2002, 06:05 PM   #16
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Do those bug + tar wipes take the wax off your car? I was told that they do.
nope ........at least not on my car
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Old 07-13-2002, 06:22 PM   #17
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BTW: How long did the trip take you? It took me 17 down and 16 up. Never went more than 10 over the limit.
Left NY at 3 AM and go to Savannah at 4 PM stayed overnight then left again at 4 AM and was at Disney by 9:30. Total was 18.5 hours with nightmare rushour traffic in DC and Orlando.

Just an update on the bugs, once I cleaned off the guts I see that the bugs have created pits in the paint which have gone through to the grey primer underneath.

There is even a few spots on the roof where this has happened. I'll see what the dealership has to say. Probably "Tough Luck".
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Old 07-14-2002, 12:35 AM   #18
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never had hard bugs and i've had my car covered in them...just buy a bug sponge. easy as that for me.
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Old 07-14-2002, 12:35 AM   #19
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You sure those aren't rock chips?
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Old 07-14-2002, 01:15 AM   #20
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clay bar works the best
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Old 07-14-2002, 01:29 AM   #21
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A trick from some aviation buddies:
Before taking off, apply spray-on cooking oil (eg. Pam) on the front surfaces. The bugs don't stick, they just wipe off after each flight.
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Old 07-14-2002, 09:20 AM   #22
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if you're taking road trips like that, a bra is probably your best defense against that sort of thing. Yeah it looks nasty, but...
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Old 07-15-2002, 12:01 AM   #23
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Have a Nice Day? if not bra..

there is all ways the clear film of mylar, not sure of the company,
but it also comes in lexan..
those bugs are not armor penetrating...
but the bra would be most cost effective..I've got one
just for road trips...

but make sure you either trim back the top bra
foe snorkel..unless you have some sort of intake
besides stock..
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Old 07-15-2002, 10:54 PM   #24
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could be worse...
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