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Old 05-12-2010, 09:16 PM   #1
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Default Florida and love bug season

Those of you who live in Florida know what I'm talking about. I drove from Orlando to south florida a few days ago and the front end of my car was covered in bugs(love bugs mostly). I washed and scrubbed most of them off but its still not perfect, tried goo gone, tried tar and bug remover, tried wax. What do you guys think would work? I've literally tried everything including trying to just scrape it off with my finger, I don't want to leave this stuff on my car. Also any suggestions on how to prevent this? I've heard some people spray the front end of their car with pam so they don't stick, sounds silly but I guess it could work.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:10 PM   #2
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Goo gone? Wax? None of those will help you get bugs off of your car. Try using a clay bar with quick detailing spray as clay lube to get the bug guts off of the front end.
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:10 PM   #3
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Get one of these sponges and Tarminator (or any bug/tar remover). Use them as you are washing your car. Scrub lightly as the guts will scratch if not careful with that sponge.

Sponge here ---> http://www.calicarcare.com/store/ima...onge-Thick.jpg

Then clay as stated above.

Then be sure to wax as no protection whatsoever will be left after the previous two steps.
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:12 PM   #4
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rubbing alcohol and a micro fiber work well too - im not from florida so i dk how bad it gets but that works pretty well for the most part- be sure to wax afterward because it does remove it
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:41 PM   #5
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Get the liquid one not the sprays. Works great on bugs. The sprays are terrible, but the liquid is great.
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:52 PM   #6
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I HATE them ****ing bugs
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:56 PM   #7
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hey man they come for LOVE!!
































F%$&in rat bastards!!!
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Old 05-13-2010, 12:29 AM   #8
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this stuff rite here is unbelievable

http://www.surfcitygarage.com/detail1.php?product_id=56

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Old 05-13-2010, 01:06 AM   #9
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driving to Miami tomorrow, might have to pick up a bottle of this ^^ before i leave. great reviews
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Old 05-14-2010, 01:40 AM   #10
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Goo gone? Wax? None of those will help you get bugs off of your car. Try using a clay bar with quick detailing spray as clay lube to get the bug guts off of the front end.
Yeah, the bugs arn't there just the goo from where they splattered and I tried those things cause the "bug and tar remover" just wasn't cutting it. I clay bar'd too before the wax, helped a little but not completely. Thanks for the product suggestions guys I'll check em out. Im kinda thinking about getting one of those god awful bra's, just for bug season.
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:12 AM   #11
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I know it might sound crazy but Original Bounce (laundry softner sheets) + warm water let it get wet for a min then use the sheets to rub the guts off. I've used this for several years on all kinds of cars never had a problem and works great. Plus it's super cheap (3-4 sheets) per car
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:20 AM   #12
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I know it might sound crazy but Original Bounce (laundry softner sheets) + warm water let it get wet for a min then use the sheets to rub the guts off. I've used this for several years on all kinds of cars never had a problem and works great. Plus it's super cheap (3-4 sheets) per car
haha, i had a friend over at my place once and she did this to my car and I thought, "no ****ing way that works" and it did...kinda. I think it was probably my walmart brand dryer sheets though that screwed it out of working good.



And yes, **** lovebugs. Unfortunately though my Subaru wont be leaving my driveway at all this summer due to effing ringlands so I wont have to deal with it this year...I couldnt give a **** about the paint on my DD.
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Old 05-14-2010, 09:50 AM   #13
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i had a fresh coat of Klasse on bike & helmet and went riding around Lake okeechobee. I was covered head to toe and so was the bike with love bug guts. I dont know how, but there was splatter all over the gas tank as well.

washed it down that night, and they all came off easy.

I've also heard of Pam or even pledge works.
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:20 AM   #14
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Surf City Grime Destroyer works really well. I have used a IPA solution and works as mentioned by someone else.

If not attended to in a timely fashion bug guts can etch the paint as some bugs are pretty acidic. You might need some polish to get all of the bug evidence off.
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:28 AM   #15
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Yeah, the bugs arn't there just the goo from where they splattered and I tried those things cause the "bug and tar remover" just wasn't cutting it. I clay bar'd too before the wax, helped a little but not completely. Thanks for the product suggestions guys I'll check em out. Im kinda thinking about getting one of those god awful bra's, just for bug season.
If you used clay bar and the mark is still there, it is now permanent. Love bugs are highly acidic and will etch you're paint within 24 hours (depending on paint protection). Best thing you can do is to have a couple good coats of wax on the front and mirrors before Love Bug season starts. Then use a quick detailer to remove them right after you drive, never let them sit, especially in the sun. Also, use Rain-x on the windshield, they have a washer fluid as well.
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Old 05-14-2010, 09:10 PM   #16
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I know it might sound crazy but Original Bounce (laundry softner sheets) + warm water let it get wet for a min then use the sheets to rub the guts off. I've used this for several years on all kinds of cars never had a problem and works great. Plus it's super cheap (3-4 sheets) per car
+1 on the dryer sheets.

Somebody told me about it a few years ago and I thought they were nuts until I tried it. I live here in FL and get the Love Bugs too and it works awesome taking them off. I usually just wash the car first to get the dirt off, and when the car is still wet, use a dryer sheet to rub the bugs off. It takes them off just like an eraser. After that I rinse off the dryer sheet "soap" and that's it.

Seriously, try it out... works great!

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Old 05-14-2010, 10:22 PM   #17
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i hate love bugs!!!!
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:50 PM   #18
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since Florida is so humid i usually just soak the car late at night and when i wake up the next day the guts are well soaked with moisture and is easier to get off.
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:14 PM   #19
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Wow thanks to everyone for all of the ideas! And I thought I was the only one obsessing about keeping my Subie clean. I'm going shopping for road trip grime destroyer and dryer sheets immediately! Also thinking about one of those cheap "mesh" one size fit all bras that I can use for the longer road trips on the FL Turnpike (love bug orgy highway). Throw the darn thing away after a few runs. What do you all think? Does Pep Boys still carry those things my grandfather used?
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:28 PM   #20
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While on vacation last year in Panama City i noticed the cars just destroyed by those things. horrific!!! never seen anything quite like it.

Aside from constant cleaning, i gotta agree w/anyone who recomends multiple coats of wax or a paint sealant...something to add a teflon-like layer to the front of your poor cars.
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Old 05-29-2010, 02:51 PM   #21
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Just got my car two days ago from Subaru and purchased the extra xeylon coverage (think I spelt that right). It is a protective coat and covers lovebug damage for 5 years.
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:01 PM   #22
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Just bought a swp 2011 sedan. Between the break-in period and love bug season starting.. I don't even want to drive it.

Here I am after 15 years, finally driving a sports car home from the dealership. Instead of being ecstatic, Im
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:10 PM   #23
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Just bought a swp 2011 sedan. Between the break-in period and love bug season starting.. I don't even want to drive it.

Here I am after 15 years, finally driving a sports car home from the dealership. Instead of being ecstatic, Im
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:59 PM   #24
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The thread is over a year old
what your point?

they man is just venting is new car dismay ......better to bring an old thread back then start a new one.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:24 AM   #25
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The thread is over a year old
Hey buddy, I've been posting/modding forums for 10+ years, I'm well aware of what i'm doing. I'm sure NASIOC doesn't need 24398523945 threads on lovebugs.

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what your point?

they man is just venting is new car dismay ......better to bring an old thread back then start a new one.
Thanks D.
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