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Old 07-24-2003, 12:36 PM   #1
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Default Removing Bugs and other nasties

Hey all,
I have my order of zaino products coming in so I am just getting ready to spend a weekend making my paint come back alive. The thing I'm worried about is that I have a few "fatalities" on the front bumper and side view mirrors on my car and they are stubborn, refusing to come out with the normal Bug & Tar removers. I don't want to start the whole waxing process w/o having the car be spotless. I was going to do a wash of dish soap to get the old wax off and then use the zaino car wash before I started the whole process. Will that be enough to remove all the major stuff? I plan on clay baring it as well but from what I understand, that only removes the really fine things that are stuck in the paint. Anyways, help all would be appreciated.

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Old 07-24-2003, 01:08 PM   #2
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Bug and tar should really be removed ASAP before the sun can bake it in to the car's paint. You should be fine just hosing it off for a bit and then taking a sponge to it. It that doesn't work, try 3M adhesive/tar remover. It works pretty well.

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Old 07-24-2003, 02:07 PM   #3
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Get the Bug and Tar remover wipes the are better then the spray by far...

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Old 07-24-2003, 11:41 PM   #5
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at work, we use those little scrubby sponge pads-the mesh ones- with some degreaser. i like to use the scrubby pad with liquid spray wax. either way doesnt seem to damage the paint. im sure if you did it a lot it would do damage.
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Old 07-25-2003, 12:14 AM   #6
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I was unable to remove tar and bugs from my car when I took a trip to miami due to me leaving out to sea... My own opinion, my car looks like it was damaged on the mirrors, hood, and front bumper. Can you guys help me out..Im desperate
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WD-40....best bug and tar remover evAr!! I probably strips the wax where applied as well, but I don't know for sure. Rewax areas where you used it.
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Old 07-25-2003, 08:18 AM   #8
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Claybar will take off all that stuff...plus you should claybar before your zaino session anyways. It's will give you a very nice clean buttery smooth surface to work with.

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Old 07-25-2003, 03:29 PM   #9
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I'll second WD-40. Actually, if you know you're going to be driving where there's lots of bugs, like in the country, just spray some on the front end before you go and hose them off when you wash the car.
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Old 07-25-2003, 03:41 PM   #10
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Simple Green is good stuff. It is both non-toxic and bio-degradeable.
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