Did you know that bugs can actually damage your vehicle’s paint?
That’s right. Bugs can be harmful to your vehicle! Not only can they be a nuisance indoors & out, they can also damage your car’s paint. Summer is the perfect time to set out for a road trip but it’s also a time when bug season is booming so you’re bound to collect a bunch of these unwanted hitchhikers on the front of your vehicle along the way.
If you’re in Florida, you probably know a thing or two about ‘love bugs,’ and if you’re in Texas, you may confuse large bugs for small birds at times. No matter where you are, it’s hard to escape from these little critters during the warm summer months.
Since there’s no way to avoid them, here are some tips to help keep your vehicle protected from these front-bumper-free-riders.
1. Hand Applied Wax
Give your car a good wax every 3-6 months because it is thicker than tunnel applications, lasts longer and adds that extra layer of protection to the outside of your vehicle.
Randy Nicholls (Regional Manager Houston, TX) explains how, “Your clear coat expands and contracts ever so slightly with the change of temperature which means impurities sink further into it, causing them to get past the clear coat and into the paint. This is where the real damage occurs.” In order to prevent this from happening, Randy recommends keeping your vehicle washed regularly and to use any type of protectant to put an extra barrier between your car and the bugs to buy some extra time, such as a hand wax.
2. Avoid Extended Sun Exposure
Their bodies contain organic acidic fluids that will eventually start to dissolve into the clear coat, leaving small light spots in their place if left on there for too long. Parking your vehicle in the shade or garage will keep it out of the sun for long periods of time so the heat won’t speed up the dissolving process and bake the acidic fluids into the paint.
3. Use a gentle remover.
If you do get bugs stuck on the front of your car and want to attempt removing them yourself, don’t try to scrape or rub them off. This can actually cause scratches and create even more damage. Use a safe bug removal cleaner and let it soak for at least 30 seconds before wiping them off with a damp microfiber towel.
4. Wash your car frequently.
Frequent washing keeps bugs from setting into your clear coat and makes it easier to get bugs off in the future.