Want to find out how to remove bird poop from car paint or exteriors? If you are the kind of person who hates dirt on their cars, especially that coming from animals – in this case, furry and chirping little flyers – this is the article for you. However funny it may sound, bird poop is a serious thing, not only because it makes your car look ugly even though you’ve just washed your car, but also because it can damage your car paint. Read on to find out exactly why and how.
Bird poop contains acids and other chemical substances that eat away at the surface of your car. Since it’s quite sticky, it dries on hard – almost cement-like if baked by the sun – so it can etch the clear coat of paint on your car.
But the problem isn’t in the poop’s effect on your car’s paint, per se. The problem arises when you try to remove it – and fail in doing so.
The problem here is twofold.
First, as with any type of excrement, you won’t feel pleasant while you clean bird poop, so you’ll want to do it fast. You’ll rush, you will hurry, you won’t be as careful as you should be. To top it all off, you’ll probably even use the wrong stuff to remove the offensive matter from your car and you will probably try to scrub off the poop – and pretty aggressively at that.
That’s where the second problem enters – bird poop is abrasive. Since birds eat sand, pebbles, and seed-shell fragments, scrubbing the poop off will have the effect of doing it with sandpaper. This is only okay if you intended to peel the paint off your car – otherwise, that little bird doing its business where it shouldn’t have, just cost you a hundreds-of-dollars-worth paint job.
Why clean bird poop promptly off your car?
When sunlight hits your car’s paint, it contracts and encloses dirt and grime, as well as contaminants such as bird droppings. Dirt poop in particular contains uric acid which is harsh on paint, even without sunlight. The damage can start within a few minutes, especially in warmer climates. It is therefore important to remove bird poop as soon as you possibly can to avoid damage to your car’s paint. The longer you leave the droppings, the harder they become and consequently harder to remove. With this, you risk permanent damage and scarring of the delicate paintwork. If you do damage the vehicle, only a car specialist can help. A specialist can be costly depending on who you choose, however, a reputable specialist can apply a special protective layer to the paint to regain its shine.
How to clean bird poop off car paint
Bird poop on car paint is not only unsightly but also tough to get out, especially if you left it to dry for too long. Don’t stress – there is hope, but you need to know how to how to remove dried bird poop from car paint. There is a wrong way to handle bird poop removal and the right way to do so. Here are some of the right and wrong ways you can address this problem.
- Do not wet a paper towel and start wiping.
- Don’t attack the poop with a direct pressure washer blast.
- Don’t apply just any household cleaner to the poop.
- Don’t scrub bird poop
- Don’t leave the bird poop on your car for too long to avoid scratches
- Do wash your car a full wash to remove bird poop from all areas that are hidden from your sight
- Use a waterless wash or detailer. No harsh soaps
- Wipe and clean with a microfiber towel or cloth. Again, don’t scrub
- Look for bird poop wipes or cleaners specifically made for bird poop. Try to carry these around at all times
- Avoid using any form of sanitizers on your car
On the other hand, there is a 7 step bird poop removal process that will ensure you don’t damage car paint:
- Relax and calm your hands before you approach this delicate operation.
- Gather several clean, soft rags or a wash sponge, a pail, car-wash soap, and the hose.
- Get your car in a cool and shady spot, mix hot water with concentrated car-wash soap and soak the poop by pouring and gently dabbing the mixture onto the poop.
- Soak the poop well and leave it on for at least 30 minutes.
- Soak the rag or sponge, and wet the poop again with the mixture.
- In the gentlest possible way, wipe the edge of the poop stain. If it starts to come off, continue with gentle scrubbing.
- If not, resoak the poop, leave it on for another 30 minutes and try again. Repeat as needed.
- Remember – as the soaking eventually softens and dissolves the poop, you’ll be able to remove it with a very light touch. Make sure you always keep the poop wet, keep your touch light, and rotate or fold your cloth or sponge to ensure you’re always working with a clean surface.
- Repeat this process for bird poop on the windshield too.
Finally, DO NOT – we repeat DO NOT – scrub the poop. Work as if you’re trying to remove a very abrasive, very sticky substance from your paint at all steps – since this is precisely what you’re doing.
How to protect your car from bird poop
1. Park in covered areas
Park in covered garages or buildings where birds cannot get into. If you have to park outdoors choose areas as far away from trees or buildings as you can. Try to avoid lamps or light posts or telephone wires too.
2. Protect your paint
Using a quality wax or sealant can protect your car’s paint from bird poop and other contaminants. Even though this protection is limited, it will help to keep the cleaning and possible damage to a minimum. Consider a ceramic coating option that will offer the most paint protection for your money.
3. Invest in a car cover
A car cover will protect your car’s paint from bird dropping by forming a barrier of protection. Consider investing in a fabric cover if you often have to leave your car in a vulnerable area. It may not let you show off your beautiful car but it is certainly a better option than risking damage to it.
If, however, you find yourself out of your depth with car care, you can always come to CRS Automotive Hamilton.