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Offline Too Stroked

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Removing Baked on Bug Guts
« on: August 22, 2020, 02:39:06 PM »
Ok boys and girls, I need some help. Part of my standard detailing process at work is to remove bug splatter from the front of vehicles as needed. I generally used a bug remover product from our local detailing supply house and it works great - usually. I've had a few vehicles as of late though where I flat out could not get the bug guts off. It appears that the previous vehicle owners just left the bug guts on to bake - for a long period of time. I've tried the bug remover, soaking with soap suds, Pro Solv, Klenzol, and even the cleaner we use under the hood. No joy.

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Re: Removing Baked on Bug Guts
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2020, 07:37:20 PM »
Ok boys and girls, I need some help. Part of my standard detailing process at work is to remove bug splatter from the front of vehicles as needed. I generally used a bug remover product from our local detailing supply house and it works great - usually. I've had a few vehicles as of late though where I flat out could not get the bug guts off. It appears that the previous vehicle owners just left the bug guts on to bake - for a long period of time. I've tried the bug remover, soaking with soap suds, Pro Solv, Klenzol, and even the cleaner we use under the hood. No joy.

Any suggestions?
Have you tried Poor Boys Bug Squash?  I don’t leave bugs on too long, but it always seems effective in getting them off. Sometimes though I gotta use a bug sponge for stubborn situations.


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Re: Removing Baked on Bug Guts
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2020, 05:56:12 AM »
Ok boys and girls, I need some help. Part of my standard detailing process at work is to remove bug splatter from the front of vehicles as needed. I generally used a bug remover product from our local detailing supply house and it works great - usually. I've had a few vehicles as of late though where I flat out could not get the bug guts off. It appears that the previous vehicle owners just left the bug guts on to bake - for a long period of time. I've tried the bug remover, soaking with soap suds, Pro Solv, Klenzol, and even the cleaner we use under the hood. No joy.

Any suggestions?
Have you tried Poor Boys Bug Squash?  I don’t leave bugs on too long, but it always seems effective in getting them off. Sometimes though I gotta use a bug sponge for stubborn situations.


https://www.autogeek.net/best-bug-sponge.html


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Yes, no luck. Also tried some new 3D Bug Remover. These things are baked on.

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Re: Removing Baked on Bug Guts
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2020, 06:25:52 AM »
What about an iron remover?  This is just throwing sh!t at the wall and seeing what sticks. 

Tarminator?  Goo Gone? 

We just did a driveway for a customer who recently had their driveway sealed.  We masked off everything that was to remain black and did our thing.  The tape left behind a clear residue that yellowed over the following week.  My boss when back to clean the residue off and used goo gone.  Removed the residue instantly, and the driveway sealer.  New problem, but point being, it's strong stuff. 

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Re: Removing Baked on Bug Guts
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2020, 07:55:46 AM »
What about an iron remover?  This is just throwing sh!t at the wall and seeing what sticks. 

Tarminator?  Goo Gone? 

We just did a driveway for a customer who recently had their driveway sealed.  We masked off everything that was to remain black and did our thing.  The tape left behind a clear residue that yellowed over the following week.  My boss when back to clean the residue off and used goo gone.  Removed the residue instantly, and the driveway sealer.  New problem, but point being, it's strong stuff. 

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Hmmm, haven't tried Tarminator yet. What the heck, I've tried everything else. I'm starting to think that when the bug guts baked in over a long period of time, they etched the clear coat just like bird crap.

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Re: Removing Baked on Bug Guts
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2020, 08:48:34 AM »
What about an iron remover?  This is just throwing sh!t at the wall and seeing what sticks. 

Tarminator?  Goo Gone? 

We just did a driveway for a customer who recently had their driveway sealed.  We masked off everything that was to remain black and did our thing.  The tape left behind a clear residue that yellowed over the following week.  My boss when back to clean the residue off and used goo gone.  Removed the residue instantly, and the driveway sealer.  New problem, but point being, it's strong stuff. 

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Hmmm, haven't tried Tarminator yet. What the heck, I've tried everything else. I'm starting to think that when the bug guts baked in over a long period of time, they etched the clear coat just like bird crap.
That's always been my understanding.  Bug guts are acidic. 

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Re: Removing Baked on Bug Guts
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2020, 11:48:01 AM »
Also, I've been using tarminator to kill lantern flies.  Seems to be somewhat affective.  I know that doesn't help your situation but thought I'd add that tid bit in anywho. 

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Re: Removing Baked on Bug Guts
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2020, 08:10:44 PM »
I’ve had a couple situations where I had to literally polish them out, but it was usually on PPF and not paint.


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Re: Removing Baked on Bug Guts
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2020, 05:29:19 AM »
I’ve had a couple situations where I had to literally polish them out, but it was usually on PPF and not paint.


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That was the very last thing I tried - and it didn't work either. That's why I'm thinking that leaving them on for long periods of time and letting them bake in actually etches the paint.

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Re: Removing Baked on Bug Guts
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2020, 07:13:52 PM »
I’ve had a couple situations where I had to literally polish them out, but it was usually on PPF and not paint.


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That was the very last thing I tried - and it didn't work either. That's why I'm thinking that leaving them on for long periods of time and letting them bake in actually etches the paint.
Probably the case, I think that some are more acidic then others and could certainly cause damage.


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Re: Removing Baked on Bug Guts
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2020, 11:38:31 PM »
A little late here but we know bugs in Texas.....

I have had the best luck with PB BS (do not cut or dilute, use full out).   Using a Yellow Bug Sponge I get from Wash Solutions.  Their website is down at the moment but I will try and find a link. 
Similar product here:
https://www.autopia-carcare.com/pinnacle-safe-scrub.html?roductid=pinnacle-safe-scrub&channelid=FROOG&utm_source=CSEs&utm_medium=GoogleProductSearch&utm_campaign=CSE&gclid=CjwKCAjw4rf6BRAvEiwAn2Q76rBOrXtBi4klfQ_pB20zS3H6tFSfQGLbf50pQUrAPcRusXhkpqptphoCCDgQAvD_BwE


Never had an issue, if there is still something there, I clay it using Blue Megs.

Bugs and black paint....are my jam.   Soak that shit in PB BS (but don't let it dry, dwell for 1 min or 2) then scrubb with the sponge lightly with a wet bug sponge like the one posted above, they are designed not to scratch paint.   I cringe when using but to this day, haven't had any marring from them.   



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Re: Removing Baked on Bug Guts
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2020, 05:28:28 AM »
A little late here but we know bugs in Texas.....

I have had the best luck with PB BS (do not cut or dilute, use full out).   Using a Yellow Bug Sponge I get from Wash Solutions.  Their website is down at the moment but I will try and find a link. 
Similar product here:
https://www.autopia-carcare.com/pinnacle-safe-scrub.html?roductid=pinnacle-safe-scrub&channelid=FROOG&utm_source=CSEs&utm_medium=GoogleProductSearch&utm_campaign=CSE&gclid=CjwKCAjw4rf6BRAvEiwAn2Q76rBOrXtBi4klfQ_pB20zS3H6tFSfQGLbf50pQUrAPcRusXhkpqptphoCCDgQAvD_BwE


Never had an issue, if there is still something there, I clay it using Blue Megs.

Bugs and black paint....are my jam.   Soak that shit in PB BS (but don't let it dry, dwell for 1 min or 2) then scrubb with the sponge lightly with a wet bug sponge like the one posted above, they are designed not to scratch paint.   I cringe when using but to this day, haven't had any marring from them.
Thanks JP!  I talked to our local detailing supply house salesman the other day and he's got one of those sponges coming for me to try.

 


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