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Old 05-08-2019, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Schmaltz~Herring View Post
Damn, that's bad, gonna make a atl-fl run Friday.
That was stopping twice to clear the windsheild. Stopped at a service plaza to get rid of my big gulp and took me about 5 minutes to get back on the turnpike because so many cars were waiting for the windshield sprayer. Luckily, they donít eat the paint on company cars. Must have something to do with the protection package that allows oil changes whenever and ability to take speed bumps at any speed.
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Old 05-08-2019, 02:25 PM
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Its a problem in Central Florida for sure. For years I have just used a small electric pressure washer to knock them off then follow up with automotive "bug & tar remover" on the tough spots.
Cover them with bath towels soaked in hot water and then hose them of first. If you soften them up first they are not as hard on the paint.
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Old 05-08-2019, 05:02 PM
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Is there a time of year in Florida or a geographic area where they are worse then others? I'm in North Central Florida in the winter and can't say I've really experienced them but then, I don't drive at night too often.
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Old 05-08-2019, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
Is there a time of year in Florida or a geographic area where they are worse then others? I'm in North Central Florida in the winter and can't say I've really experienced them but then, I don't drive at night too often.

April/May and again in August, past few seasons were relatively short and not bad. This year they are horrendous. They are usually only out during the day, not night.


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Old 05-08-2019, 05:43 PM
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AhoyVay might have passed you on the trip. we did Jupiter/Ocala the other day and had to stop several times because the wipers will only smear them.

I didn't do anything special to clean except I used my 1600psi electric pressure washer to remove them he next morning. Everything came right off and then just my normal two bucket wash to clean up the whole car.
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Old 05-08-2019, 06:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Tainui View Post
AhoyVay might have passed you on the trip. we did Jupiter/Ocala the other day and had to stop several times because the wipers will only smear them.

I didn't do anything special to clean except I used my 1600psi electric pressure washer to remove them he next morning. Everything came right off and then just my normal two bucket wash to clean up the whole car.
We came back from Tallahassee on Sunday. I took my Ryobi 1600 to my sonís 4runner and my company car. It knocks off all the bug parts but still leaves the little shit stains. 3 days later and the driveway stinks of bug remnants. Apparently my son waxes the 4runner every other leap year so expected having to use some elbow grease (really minimal). The company car is like 4 months old. Would have thought they would have come off complete with pressure washer.
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
Is there a time of year in Florida or a geographic area where they are worse then others? I'm in North Central Florida in the winter and can't say I've really experienced them but then, I don't drive at night too often.
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
Is there a time of year in Florida or a geographic area where they are worse then others? I'm in North Central Florida in the winter and can't say I've really experienced them but then, I don't drive at night too often.
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:54 AM
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Originally Posted by marlinpruett View Post
I found that if you drive 47mph or less they bounce off. Any faster and they splatter!
I think you're on to something. If you can safely drive that slow, the extra time you spend driving will pay dividends with easier cleaning.
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Old 05-09-2019, 05:02 AM
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Whatever method you use you need to re-wax at least the front of your vehicle when you're done. I soak mine with Mequiar's Quick Detail and then use a pressure washer and then re-wax. We had to take a boat to Lake Oconee Tuesday and they were really bad until about Gainesville.
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Old 05-09-2019, 06:11 AM
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They do seem to be worse than usual this year. My solution is to rent a car if I need to take a road trip. The season only lasts 3-4 weeks.
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Old 05-09-2019, 06:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
They do seem to be worse than usual this year. My solution is to rent a car if I need to take a road trip. The season only lasts 3-4 weeks.
My buddy In Lake City FL always drafts an 18-wheeler to reduce the carnage.

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Old 05-09-2019, 06:37 AM
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
Whatever method you use you need to re-wax at least the front of your vehicle when you're done. I soak mine with Mequiar's Quick Detail and then use a pressure washer and then re-wax. We had to take a boat to Lake Oconee Tuesday and they were really bad until about Gainesville.
This is VERY interesting. I use Meguiar's detailing quite often and almost every time I wash the cars I finish with that. It is VERY good at removing bugs. Since its basically just a spray wax (that will wash off at the first rain) what would be in there to lift the bugs from the paint? Whatever it is, it works!
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Old 05-09-2019, 02:24 PM
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Well today I used three products. An old can of bug and tar remover, a new spray bottle of Turtle Wax bug and tar remover and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2).
The old can and the Turtle Wax did not work as well as the H2O2. I used 60/40 H2O2/H20 and 100% H2O2.
100% H2O2 wins.
A friend says they use some gel stuff and clean off with a majic eraser. I did her car with 100% H2O2 and majic eraser. Worked really well.
I used the majic eraser on my truck (blue - her car being light tan) and found that it really does scratch. Like high grit sand paper. Good thing I tested a spot of paint after the windshield and before seriously attacking the painted portions. There is this one spot though....................
I have a shoulder problem and cannot/will not do that over and over hard rubbing stuff anymore. So I will have to just pay the car wash places.

BUT!!! I did, for the upcoming trip to NC, just put wide plastic food film across the front and over the mirrors. I slit it for the radiator which has a screen over it. I have done this in the past. I don't care what it looks like.
We shall see.
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Ahoy Vay View Post
Good news. Just ran Orlando-Stuart and didnít see 1 lovebug.
NO shit! You couldn't see out the windshield.

Hit a cloud of them yesterday coming home from the car wash.

Leave them on there long and they get harder to get off and will eat the paint.
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Old 05-09-2019, 04:00 PM
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On every vehicle for 40+ years. How long has it been since UF gave us these critters anyway?
Actually that's a myth which I believed for many years also. They actually migrated from central America thru texas and the rest of the south
and finally made it to Florida in the 50s I believe where they thrived.
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Old 05-09-2019, 05:22 PM
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How far North are they? Iím in Punta Gorda, they are bad this year. On Tuesday I had my wifeís car serviced, they do a good wash with the service. Made it half way home and hit a cloud, stopped and washed again before I got home.
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Old 05-09-2019, 05:37 PM
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Should have took a pic of my truck Tuesday when we got back from Atlanta. I couldn’t hardly see out the windshield. I hosed the truck down 5 or 6 times over the course of several hours to soften them up. Then washed
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Old 05-09-2019, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by saltyreefer View Post
Actually that's a myth which I believed for many years also. They actually migrated from central America thru texas and the rest of the south
and finally made it to Florida in the 50s I believe where they thrived.
I know but they studied them and we still like to blame them for giving up and releasing the stronger more virile line.
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Are they in Naples?
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