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Old 05-03-2011, 07:36 PM
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They are really bad on FL's west coast right now. I washed my car on Saturday and they came easy. I wax my car with Rejex a 3-4 times a year and it seems to really help when I wash my car.
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I waxed all three of our cars last weekend and use a net sponge every few days to clean them off. Takes about 10 minutes. The important thing is to get rid of them frequently. It sucks but I ignored it many years ago and it will mess up your paint.
Old 05-04-2011, 04:34 AM
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Get them off first thing in the morning when they have soaked in the humidity all night. If you have dew on your vehicle this would work, mornings you don't have dew, it won't work.
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Sandblast,prime, and paint .If you can remove them within a day or two no damage is done.The little bastids are full of acid and will etch themselves into the paint if left on longer.Try baking soda or toothpaste on a wet rag first.I have had pretty good luck wet sanding with 1500 and then polishing with a buffer.The only thing I'm thankful for is they don't bite or sting.Good luck.Wax or spray wd40 on the leading edges of hood,mirrors, and roof before traveling if possible,Hope this helps.
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The best cleaner I've found is called Bugs-B-Gone. You can get it at most auto parts stores. I live in North Palm Beach and my dad lives in Port Charlotte so I cross the state quite a bit. I've had the opportunity to try just about every cleaner out there. Follow the directions and the little bastards will wash right off, even the ones that are baked on. It is strong stuff and it will remove wax but it won't harm the paint or trim (chrome, plastic , etc).
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I use RainX wipes on windshield and it makes getting bug guts off glass really easy. Any reason it couldn't be used on front end paint, trim, lights, etc?
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I have heard their little bodies do carry an acid that will etch your paint and also the plastic windshields on motorcycles. Last weekend we went to a graduation in central Florida and the front of my Tahoe looked like it was the top of an ice cream cone dipped in chocolate jimmies. I have been able to rinse them off with the hose, then soap up the area and let them soak, then they wash right off.
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I like turtle wax Bug and tar remover. Apply to cool to the touch car and let sit out of direct sunlight for a min or two. Scrub with a soft sponge or 100% cotton wash mitt,it's safe on clear coat but will remove wax. But like others have said get them off ASAP. early you get to them the easier they will come off.
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Originally Posted by kone View Post
I use RainX wipes on windshield and it makes getting bug guts off glass really easy. Any reason it couldn't be used on front end paint, trim, lights, etc?
Rain x is a synthetic oil suspended in alcohol. It will strip wax, sealer, and can turn your paint a milky color. A good wax good will help to repel the love from sticking.
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It's going to sound funny but I use slightly moist " Bounce " fabric softener sheet's work's wonderful and leave's your front end smelling like a spring breeze..
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Originally Posted by vertigo View Post
It's going to sound funny but I use slightly moist " Bounce " fabric softener sheet's work's wonderful and leave's your front end smelling like a spring breeze..
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Originally Posted by vertigo View Post
It's going to sound funny but I use slightly moist " Bounce " fabric softener sheet's work's wonderful and leave's your front end smelling like a spring breeze..
Yep, believe it or not,,they really help with removing them. I wad up three or four and use them every morning to clean up the previous days carnage, and damned if they dont do a good job...

The ones I use are generic Publix brand...
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Originally Posted by Eyehooker View Post
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1) If you suspect you will encounter lots of love bugs, spray the front of your car with cooking spray beforehand.
2) As a first step to remove them place bath towels soaked in hot water on your car to soften them first then wash normally. Those that don't come off on the first wash.....remove with any "commercial" bug & tar remover like turtle wax brand.
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Originally Posted by xl883lo View Post
1) If you suspect you will encounter lots of love bugs, spray the front of your car with cooking spray beforehand.
Yep, I know a couple motorcyclists that ride in Florida and they keep a can of Pam in their saddle bag.
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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
Yep, believe it or not,,they really help with removing them. I wad up three or four and use them every morning to clean up the previous days carnage, and damned if they dont do a good job...

The ones I use are generic Publix brand...

I still use the bounce sheets to get them off and then wash the front of the car. Part of my May and September ritual.
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REJEX works !!!

Def do NOT use PAM--it will eat the paint off front of car.
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Pam wont eat the paint. Ive done it to both my car and truck. Its just a big PITA to remove.
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Originally Posted by vertigo View Post
It's going to sound funny but I use slightly moist " Bounce " fabric softener sheet's work's wonderful and leave's your front end smelling like a spring breeze..
Better than any darn bug remover I've ever used! I had the idea of getting in contact with a manufacturer of the fabric softener sheets and just repackaging them as Love Bug Remover and selling at all the Auto Parts stores.
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I give up - what is a love bug? I remember Herbie the movie, but that's about it. Is this a southern thing?

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