How to polish bird poop off a car finish

Written by jeff wysaski
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Bird poop is the top public enemy when it comes to keeping your car looking fresh and clean. With an acidity level between 3.5 and 4.5 pH, bird poop is more than unsightly. It is corrosive as well. Waiting too long to attend to that mess can lead to permanent body damage in the form of dimpling on the paint's surface. Polish the bird poop off of your car finish as soon as possible in order to prevent true damage to your car.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Use soap and water to remove as much of the bird poop from your car finish as possible. Use repetitive circular motion to achieve the best results.

  2. 2

    Dry the area with a cotton towel. Make note of any potential paint damage.

  3. 3

    Place a minimal amount of colour-matched fine polishing compound on a rag, Lightly apply it to the bird poop stain. The car polish will thin the surrounding paint and allow you to blend over the damage. Be careful not to rub too hard or for too long. Doing so may result in a drastic removal of paint.

  4. 4

    Use a dry cotton towel to buff the area to a shine. Allow the area to dry.

  5. 5

    Prevent future damage by washing and waxing your car on a regular basis. Wax acts as a barrier between the car finish and the bird poop. It should make removal of future stains easier.

Tips and warnings

  • Try to park your car indoors as often as possible.
  • Don't ignore the instructions on car polish. Improper use may lead to paint damage.

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