Are you planning a road trip? Or maybe you’ve just gotten back from one? Well, a thought that crosses everyone’s mind when going on a holiday by car is how you’re going to clean the car when you get back.
Dirt and dust are simple enough to get off, and sand on the floor can be pretty easily solved with a well placed vacuum. But what about the bugs?
They can really “bug” you when trying to get them off your bumper and windscreen.
Jokes aside, how are you supposed to get them off?
Well there’s a couple things you can do, but the easiest way is with the appropriate chemical that isn’t going to damage your paint job. In this article, we will discuss the way you can get those pesky bugs off your car, as well as the best bug remover for the job.
How do you get bugs on your windscreen & bonnet
Are these kamikaze bugs, and do they intentionally fly into your windscreen and bumper? Perhaps surprisingly, no they are not.
If you can imagine yourself driving at 110kmh along the Great Northern Highway, a lonely ol’ fly minding its own business in the middle of the road, although they might be quick to a person, isn’t particularly agile enough to get out of the way of a car.
It’s simple maths, the more kilometers you drive, the more bugs you are going to hit and splat on your vehicle.
Don’t leave them there for too long
We understand, after getting back from a long road trip it can be exhausting. But if you have work tomorrow, don’t hold off on cleaning the car until next week – you’ll thank yourself for cleaning it now.
The longer you leave the bugs on your car, the harder it will be to get them off, and the more likely you are to cause significant damage. So take a deep breath, get off the couch, and let’s clean this car (at least the bugs).
The things you’ll need to do to remove bugs from your vehicle
Just wet ‘er with a hose and she’ll be right, right? Unfortunately the answer is no. Bugs on your windscreen and bumper are particularly stubborn to get off, so use these items when giving it a go:
Get a bucket with warm soapy water
Spray your car with bug remover where needed (can also be used on tyres for brake dust)
Sponge the entire car with the soapy water using an abrasive car cleaning sponge
Using a high pressure hose, spray off the soap and bug remover
If there are still bugs on the car, follow steps 2 – 4 again
Once you have sprayed the car and gotten all of the soap off, use a chamois to dry it
Then, check to see if your windscreen has not chips or cracks, so you don’t need to get it repaired
If your windscreen is fine, use window cleaner to really give it a clear shine
Lastly, if you have time, give your car a polish, this will really heal your clear coat and remove any sign that bugs were ever on your vehicle
The best chemicals for bug removal
So are you going to be able to just chuck on a bit of metho and get the bugs off your car? Not unless you also want to strip all of the paint off your car as well. What you need to use are bug removing specific chemicals so they can come off without hurting your ride.
- Bowden’s Bugger Off
- SCA Bug & Tar Remover
- Bowden’s Ta Ta Tar Remover
- Turtle Wax Bug & Tar Remover
- SCA Bug Remover
- Armor All Bug & Tar
- Autoglym Intensive Tar Remover
- No-H20 Bug Remover
Where to go if you windscreen is actually cracked or chipped
With over 25 years of experience and competitive pricing, you can be sure that Dean’s Autoglass’ repair and install for windscreens and windows with comprehensive UV protective tinting will solve your problem.
Our mobile service for all vehicle makes and models will be sure to help you wherever you are throughout Perth, the Goldfields, and the Newman area.
Window cracked and you can’t get to us? No problem, we will come to you. We will be there as soon as we can with a UV protective windshield.
Simply give us a call today and let’s work out your auto glass solution.