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Old 05-22-2011, 03:12 PM
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I'm planning on pulling a boat through northern and central Florida this week. I know that I'm going to get it and the truck covered with Love Bugs. Does anyone have any advice on this? I've heard things like spraying Pam or applying a real thick coat of wax to help keep them from sticking so bad. Any other ideas?
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Old 05-22-2011, 03:23 PM
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There is another thread on here about this. I recently learned that the moist dryer fabric softener sheet trick to remove them works like a charm.
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You know that heavy duty saran wrap they use for wrapping pallets? Wrap your boat with that, you can use masking tape on the ends to keep it down. DO NOT WRAP THE UPPER OR LOWER GRILL OF YOUR TOW VEHICLE or you will block airflow to radiator and tranny cooler and overheat your engine, tranny, or both. As for the wax and stuff, I don't know much about that, the pam sounds like a good idea. We use simply green to get them off after a long trip. The rest stops along the turnpike have drive through sprayers that will get the loose ones off. Whatever you do, get them off as soon as you get to where you're going. The love bugs are really bad this year, we've got them all the way down here in Boca Raton.
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Old 05-22-2011, 03:42 PM
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Pam cooking spray for the vehicle and Saran wrap for the boat. The cooking spray use on a rag and wipe down the front of your truck. The bugs will not stick and just a washing will remove most. I use the cooking spray on any road trip and has worked fairly well. I have never used it on the boat because I was afraid of losing the wax when removing the cooking spray. I have used the saran wrap on the console and windshield of the boat and that is the easiest.
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Old 05-22-2011, 05:46 PM
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cooking spray for truck grille/bumper. saran wrap around boat windshield

you will get hit hard, they are everywhere and THICK
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Old 05-22-2011, 07:02 PM
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Woolite---and it washes right off after the trip.
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Old 05-22-2011, 07:09 PM
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Just use a Bounce dryer sheet. Takes them right off
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Old 05-22-2011, 07:17 PM
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Drive during the off-hours for love bugs.
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Old 05-22-2011, 07:38 PM
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I just went up north in fla after applying some film from griotsgarage.com - 12 bucks - thicker than saran and a light adhesive like painters tape - worked perfect. This is after 300 miles at 70 mph:
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I found that if you drive 47mph or less they bounce off. Any faster and they splatter!
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Old 05-23-2011, 04:43 AM
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Glen's idea above looks silly but makes a lot of sense.

The key is getting them off ASAP. I pulled my boat from Orlando to Port Canaveral Friday and the bugs were really thick around the St. Johns River. I didn't get home until around 9:30pm and broke out the Bounce sheets. It works.

Don't let them sit or they will damage your paint. A few weeks ago I drove to South FL and brought a bucket, net sponge and soap. Stopped at a rest area half way.
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ive heard of using baby oil im going to use it on my mobile marine work truck, dam theyare bad
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Old 05-23-2011, 05:14 AM
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baby oil isnt good for your paint and may soften it...i had a customer who ruined the paint on her car with it...

its made from mineral oil...
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I would not do anything crazy. Careful with what you spray on your paint. If you decide to put on any type of clear cover on the vehicle make sure you clean and wax the surface first.

I have dealt with this issue all my life here in fl and I am very crazy when it comes to detailing, that's probably my second hobby, so I hate the dam bugs. They key is to have your truck and boat fully waxed before the trip. Use a good proven long lasting wax, anything from Meguiars is good stuff

I put a coat of wax on the truck once every 1-1/2 to 2 months, wash every week or two, and use megs quick spray detailer between washes to strengthen the protection on the paint. This really helps me, especially considering that most of my miles are on the highway. My truck has had bugs to the extreme in the past, sometimes you can't even see the grill !!!!!!, but the front still looks like new (just a few rock chips).

The wax will work as a thin protection layer on top of the clearcoat. It makes removing the bugs a lot easier during the wash. The major problem with many people is that they leave the bugs there for weeks and then let them dry out and damage to the paint is possible.

If the amount of bugs is extremely excessive, I would pull into one of those self car wash places really quick somewhere along your trip and rinse off some of the bugs (I have done it).

as long as you use wax and wash the truck as soon as you get home your are good to go.

enjoy yuor trip
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Why not use WD 40 rather than pam?
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I use the Blue Painter's Masking tape. They come in different size rolls and now in different colors that might match your truck Real easy to put on and take off. I even use it on my street car when I take it to the track. It keeps the burnt rubber off around the rear panels when doing those burnouts.
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Love bugs wash right off if you wash them off within a day of them being on there. I brought my boat down to the Keys this time last year from Daytona. I removed my windshield and brought that with me in the truck. I had just waxed the boat so most of the bugs just washed right off when we got there. I believe the blood, guts, chum, salt spray and normal fishing wear and tear did more to the boat then any of the love bugs.
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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 it's 35 mph. At 47 mph, they will splatter.
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In addition to Pam, Silicone spray works well - it's what we used before Pam (available at auto parts stores as well as Wally World).
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some might laugh at this, but it works like a charm..... when ever I go on a long road trip, I usually spray the front of the car besides the windshield in Pam, yes I know it sounds stupid, but the bug don't stick to the oil, and the pay washes right off with a little soap and water.
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