When nature strikes you must react quickly as the fate of your paintwork depends on it!
As we all know, birds love the look of a clean car glistening in the sunlight. They also love to show their admiration by leaving a gift on your car.
Often, simply wiping bird poo off isn’t good enough! So here are some simple steps on how to clean poo off your paintwork, repair any damage and prevent any future damage.
What gives bird poo its terrible reputation?
WARNING: (This is not for the faint of heart)
Birds do not have a bladder, they cannot produce urine. Instead, they excrete nitrogenous wastes in the form of uric acid, which emerges as a white paste. Uric acid doesn't dissolve in water easily which gives it the ability to stick to your windshield like blobs of white plaster.
Not only is it hard to remove but bird poo can reach a pH level of somewhere between 3 to 4.5 which is quite acidic. The acid immediately starts reacting with the wax coating and attacking your paintwork. This causes the discolouring and dissolving of your wax and paint.
The reaction between Bird poo and paint damage is known as “Etching”, just on the off chance you were wondering what the terminology is.
Actions to Take to Eliminate Those Hostile Poo Bombs
The first order of business is the pre-wash. I think if you’ve got bird bombs on your car it’s time for a thorough clean.
To dramatically help with your poopy situation I’d use Thanatos Bug & Sap Remover. With its non-abrasive technology Thanatos will break down the bird poo, and avoid the dried poo scratching your paintwork. Thanatos can also be used on all parts of the outside of the car!
Just simply spray bug and sap remover on the area you want to attack and leave it for a couple of minutes before rinsing off. You may need to spray and wipe 2 to 3 times to fully make sure most remnants have been cleared free from your car.
From there you’ll need to get a bit rougher! Bird poo isn’t as easy to get rid of as you think, as it isn’t easily dissolved by water. However, as you can ask anyone hit by a water cannon, if you blast a high-powered stream of water towards something, it tends to get out of the way. Rinse off your car before starting with a more thorough cleaning (if required).
When proceeding with a deep wash, we would first recommend coating your car in snow foam to gently soften any remaining dirt, before moving on to a deep contact wash. For a contact wash, use pure shampoo, and a wash mitt to get rid of that last bit of dirt and leave your car smooth and gleaming.
Realise Too Late? Paint Etched?
Our Iris colour restorer and scratch remover is an amazing product to use when etching occurs. Iris is a pigmented polish that cleans, protects and restores the paintwork. You can use it on all types of metallic and gloss paintwork and has a range of 16 colours for the closest colour match to your car.
Time to Think About the Future
With all the poop and other contaminants removed from the car it time to think about protecting your car. What you don’t want is for all the work you have just done to be in vain! The next time a bird decides to throw you a present, you'll want to be prepared or the poo will stick straight to the paintwork and you will have to start the whole cleaning process from scratch. This time it could be even harder to remove! If possible, you should store your car undercover as most cars are airily plastered while parked up.
If undercover storage isn't possible, then we recommend a paint protector. Our recommendations here are a ceramic wax, paint sealant or speed detailer. All of these formulas give a layer of protection to your paintwork to prevent any discolouring or marking. There are some differences between the products and each has a slightly different use in detailing.
Ceramic Wax will provide year-long protection with the added benefit of extreme water beading. This stops dirt and contaminants from damaging your paint, but can be quite a long process to apply and requires time to harden up before exposing your car to the elements.
Next is paint sealants which create a hydrophobic layer that, with a spray and a wipe, makes dust and dirt rinse away time after time with ease. If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to wax and coat then we'd suggest a quick detailer with its spray application and speedy set time it's as easy as “wax on, wax off”.
So there you go, that's the in-depth way of getting rid of any car poo from your car. We hope it was enlightening if slightly disgusting! If you'd like to take a closer look at any of the products mentioned here, then take a look below: