How to Remove Bug Stains From a Car

Written by molleen
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When you drive, you often feel the occasional bug hit your car or windows. Some of these insects contain a chemical mixture of acid-type substances, which is why some make a gooey, sticky mess that is hard to remove from the car. Cleaning bugs from the car or windshield is not fun, but there are some remedies to help make the job easier.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cleaning solution
  • Cloth

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  1. 1

    Use a lubricant such as WD-40. You simply spray the mixture directly on the bug stain and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Once this starts to break down the alkaline compound of the bug, use a cotton cloth to gently wipe away the residue. You may need to wipe a little harder if the stain is baked in.

  2. 2

    Spray a solution called Poorboy's Bug Squash on the bug stains. This is a very powerful yet gentle mixture that can be diluted to a solution that wont harm the car's paint job. Should the stains be hard-baked on the car, you can just use the full strength of the mixture. Let it sit for a few minutes after you spray it on, and use a cotton cloth to wipe off.

  3. 3

    Use Coca-Cola to clean off the bug stains. This may come as a surprise to some people, but the actual chemical components of the soft drink actually work well to break down the acidity of the insect on the car and windows. Much like how Coke removes corrosion on batteries, the mixtures helps break down the baked-on bugs and allows for a simple removal by wiping down with a cloth.

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    Use a microfiber cloth with a mixture of soap and water to remove any bug stains. The softness of the cloth with the power of the liquid mixture will remove most bug stains on any part of the car. If the bug stain is really sticky, add 1 tsp of baking soda to the liquid to help break the stain up. Wipe gently.

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