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Old 12-01-2002, 10:32 PM   #1
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Default Birds That Eat Sandpaper With Diamonds In It

So I wash my car and the next day a bird drops his kids off on my hood. This is not a new story, infact you've probably heard it a million times.

The more interesting part is that when I go to wipe it off, it seems that this particular bird had been eating pieces of sandpaper or little pieces of diamonds. I now have a square foot of pretty ridiculous scratches on my hood. I will be sure to post some pics of it so that you all can laugh it up.

Watch out for these types of birds, as they may very well be detrimental to health of your paint job.
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Old 12-01-2002, 10:37 PM   #2
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Sorry man! That's the worst!

For the future, make sure you let the aforementioned bird-shaz soak for a while with your water and your soap (you can even use undiluted if it's really stubborn). Then blast the crap off with the hose, and use your fingernail. Sponges are dangerous with scratchy crap!

Good luck though...some good cleaner wax should take care of it (Zymol cleaned my hood right up!)

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Old 12-01-2002, 10:46 PM   #3
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Maybe is just the poor paint job on the Subaru?
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Old 12-01-2002, 11:59 PM   #4
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They eat berries, with seeds... Seeds are like sand sometimes
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Old 12-02-2002, 12:41 AM   #5
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Birds don't have teeth to grind up food so before food gets to the stomach it enters a thing called a crop. The crop sort of like a pre stomach has muscles and grit (sand and stuff they eat on purpose) to help mash up the food. They pass this sand from time to time through the digestive system and then it ends up on your hood. Bummer

In fact if you keep birds you have to supply them with grit to eat so they can digest their food properly.

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Old 12-02-2002, 01:28 AM   #6
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Damn, I definitely got a deposit of rocks. Damn those birds and damn their crops. I will cut the crop out of the next bird I see.
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Old 12-02-2002, 01:35 AM   #7
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Then blast the crap off with the hose, and use your fingernail. Sponges are dangerous with scratchy crap!

no no no...that's what leaves swirl marks, no blasting the car with the hose.

if you need help with those scratch marks let me know.

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Old 12-02-2002, 01:41 AM   #8
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How could blasting with the hose leave swirl marks?

Swirl = the circular motion of the human hand/arm.

Please elaborate...because I'm confused!
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Old 12-02-2002, 02:10 AM   #9
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I thought crapy dealer power buffers caused swirl marks
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Old 12-02-2002, 03:28 AM   #10
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well if you blast the car with a hose at full power what happens is that the water will grind the surface dirt into your paint. also if you use regular tap water minerals in the water will also leave very very very fine scratches on your car, but if you spray hard enough and often enough those scratches will become more apparent. all of these very fine scratches circular in pattern and non-circular are treated as swirl marks by detailers.

they had a great article about this in detailer's digest about a year ago (yes there are actual magazines about detailing and yes i have no life).

if you are willing to pay top price (around $600) for the best detailers, they will bring their own water supply with them. this water is usually distilled water which they don't hose your car down with they usually mist your car.

i didn't mean to sound degrading to you in anyway about that other post...sorry if it sounded that way

yeah most swirl marks are from people washing/waxing/polishing/etc incorrectly and from the incorrect use of power buffers.
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Old 12-02-2002, 03:45 AM   #11
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Old 12-02-2002, 06:32 AM   #12
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turtle wax scratch remover!!

4 bucks for instant satisfaction!

except it doesn't really help with chips :X
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Old 12-02-2002, 09:19 AM   #13
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Thanks for clearing things up fanker...that does make sense.

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Old 12-02-2002, 10:30 AM   #14
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get a daisy BB gun and have at it! shoot z burdz!
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Old 12-02-2002, 01:07 PM   #15
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Why use a BB gun when I have a perfectly good semi auto 22 rifle in my closet with a scope on it?

the birds and squirrels know better than to hang out around my house.
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Old 12-02-2002, 02:57 PM   #16
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I like birds (and other than pigeons and starlings, they are protected by law!). But the real problem is that their digestive system seems to produce crazy glue, which works with the acids and diamonds in a nasty way.

I agree- let it soak first, if it's hard stuff.
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Old 12-02-2002, 06:18 PM   #17
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I had the same problem + more. I left my car at the airport and was gone for a week. A bird must have crapped on it the first day I was gone because when I washed it off, not only were there some scratches, the paint was hazy in the area. Looked like it damaged the clear coat.

I used Turtle wax scratch remover and it didn't work. I then got the 3M Body Repair Finish Restorer (it is usually in the paint section of Kragan's). That stuff got the scratch and the haze out. Just make sure u wax after u'r done.
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