Do you ever have days where you feel like the cards are just stacked against you- where nothing seems to go the way you planned? And then, to top things off, a flock of birds turns your clean car into a public latrine.
Hey, we’ve all been down that road once or twice…and while parking under the shade tree may seem like a good idea at first, bird droppings all over the hood will make anyone think twice about parking in the shade.
My grandfather took a lot of pride in his ride and made a religious habit of hand-washing and waxing his cars every Saturday afternoon. Whenever we were out driving, if bird scat exploded on either the windshield or hood, he would pull over to the nearest service station and clean off the mess…all the while cursing under his breath about how bird poo was packed with acid that could eat right down to the metal.
Is bird poo really so corrosive? Maybe not, according to a study by UK based Autoglym. They claim that the real culprit is paint, which softens in the sun allowing the poo, or any other goop, to be absorbed into the finish. Whatever the case may be- acid poo or liquefied paint- if you love your car and that brand new look, even the smallest droppings can put a damper on your mood.
To help minimize damage from bird droppings Axleboy suggests:
– Clean off the affected area as early as possible. Some folks (like my grandpa) may rush to the nearest gas station with the free squeegee and window cleaner. Others might find it more convenient to keep a spray bottle in the trunk. Whatever your preference is, removing the poop sooner rather than later will always do less damage.
– If the droppings are fresh, use plenty of water and a moist towelette or washcloth to carefully remove the entire deposit
– For those crusty, baked-on turds, placing them under a moist cloth for 10 minutes should help soften things up enough that it can be cleaned with ease.
– Use plenty of moisture. When it comes to cleaning bird droppings off your car, more moisture is always better. Why? Did you know that many birds use small bits of gravel to help with digestion? Well, according to the bird scientists they do, and those tiny stones ultimately end up in the doo doo. Rather that scratching your clear-coat with poop grit, get as much as you can off with water or some other car-safe cleaner.
We may never be able to stop birds from plastering our cars, but there’s no reason to let them leave a permanent mark. As Smokey the Bird says, “Only you can prevent paint damage!” Let’s just hope that pigs never do learn to fly.