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The Poop Scoop: How to Fix the Paint Damage from Bird Poop

Those pleasant white droppings are like little acid bombs that reek havoc on your car’s paint. Here are a few tips to fix it when it happens.

The Poop Scoop: How to Fix the Paint Damage from Bird Poop

First, we have to consider what’s in those flying scat machines. According to BirdNote.com, those avian adversaries don’t produce urine, instead excreting nitrogenous waste in the form of uric acid. So, those pleasant white droppings are like little acid bombs that reek havoc on your car’s paint. However, there’s also research that when bright sunlight expands your car’s paint, the scat actually becomes trapped inside the paint as it cools throughout the day. It’s a combination that wreaks havoc on your finish. What to do?

The first order of defense is parking under cover—and not a tree—but sometimes that’s just not possible. Secondly, getting to the root of the problem fast by wiping up those mucky melees is of the utmost importance. We suggest carrying around a bottle of quick detailer and a microfiber cloth, or dedicated wipes from car cleaning companies. However, if the prolonged poop has stayed static for quite some time, there are steps you can take to alleviate the stains from those wonderful flying waste makers.

Dastardly doo-doo comes in all shapes and sizes, but don’t fret because you can remove almost incident free with a couple steps. Also, if you have a convertible, closing the top with an open sky above you is a good way to prevent that seat of your pants feeling, in, well, your pants. Depending on how long its been sitting professionals recommend using a moist cloth or aforementioned wipes to lift up the stain. If it’s stubborn, you can use a wet cloth or spray detailing spray on said cloth and leave sitting for 10 minutes. Some suggest to wet cloth after application until visually soaked, but not running down car.

After 10 minutes you want to enclose the poop inside the cloth and bunch it up starting from the outside and moving towards center to pick up just like an arcade crane game! After pickup, you should toss the rag, wash your hands and wipe area with a clean cloth and spray detailer.

If left unattended, those bird bombs will harm your paint and bodywork, so remain as vigilant as ever to securely remove the threat with the utmost speed and skill. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be flying high in no time.

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Michael CrenshawMichael Crenshaw

Currently the full-time Editorial Director and Content Manager for RxSpeed.com, & contributing writer for Scout.com. He also loves photography, videography, his Shiba Inu Mia and driving sports cars.

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