Any - Bird Droppings - RaineMan

I left my car parked for a few days to come back to find the front end looking as if the local bird population had been out for a curry. Warm water and car shampoo removed the worse but there are still some sun baked remains. What is the best way to tackle these without damaging the paintwork. I have left a wet sponge on for hours but it did not soften it.

Any - Bird Droppings - badbusdriver

I suspect your paintwork has already been damaged. The acidic substances in the bird poo eat into the paint, so the fact that what you have done so far hasnt worked, means this has most likely already started to happen, sorry!.

There are some things you can try to rectify the problem. Such as using something like t-cut to rub away the damaged paintwork. But you do have to be careful not to rub to much, or you will simply rub the paint away!. The idea is to peel off the damaged surface layer (hopefully the damage hasnt penetrated too deep) to leave a nice fresh finish.

But if you are a bit wary of undertaking this, i would recommend you taking the car to a professional car valeter as they will, or should have all the latest products available.

A long time ago i worked as a valeter and one time my boss took round a 7 series bmw, lovely metallic red, the car was less than a year old. It also had enormous swirling scratches all over the bonnet. The company director who owned the car decided the best way to remove bird poo was with a brillo pad!!.

Definately DO NOT use this method!!

Any - Bird Droppings - gordonbennet

That triggered a memory, a neighbour of my friend, who would shake his head sadly at the sight, used to clean the fly squash off the bonnet of her white car with Vim and a scrubbing brush.

I agree about the damage to the paint being possibly permanent, daughter ignored bird droppings on her black 3 series, resulting in several patches of the roof and bonnet having pitted ruined paint.

Any - Bird Droppings - bathtub tom

used to clean the fly squash off the bonnet of her white car with Vim and a scrubbing brush.

Nothing wrong with Vim, I've used it as a coa*** rubbing compound before.

Any - Bird Droppings - Dogfuzz

...some years ago I saw a near neighbour giving the roof of his car a good elbow grease with brass polish-you know--the blue and white tin?.

The roof was never the same again. Have always wondered what his thought process might have been as he began the jobby! Didn't dare ask.

Any - Bird Droppings - Stanb Sevento

I get this problem every year at this time, my driveway is used as a flight path and Im convinced they target the car. The surrounding driveway has nothing like the amount of poo the car has.

Badbusdriver's suggesion of T-Cut is good but I find the metalic paint version is slightly better. Dont just pub the mark itself, use a cloth pad and rub a bigger area and go gently, it takes patience, light pressure with a lot of passes. You can pretty well stop bird poo leaving marks if you use a modern polymer polish to clean the paint followed by a sealer like Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection. This works for me, even with the dreaded Sea Gull Poo, but I still hose it off as soon as possible.

Car paint is much thinner now than a few years ago. My 2014 Sharan has paint 90 to 120 micron thick but doing a sneaky test in the showroom new Golfs and Polos are around 70 micron. The main disadvantag is that corrective work like this is a lot more limited.

Edited by Stanb Sevento on 17/04/2017 at 10:33

Any - Bird Droppings - RT

I'm told that ceramic coatings from new help to minimise the acid effect.

Any - Bird Droppings - Andrew-T

The most important thing is to get at it before the stuff hardens, and be gentle and persistent. After that it may be T-cut and polish, as stated above.

If you live near the sea, be specially aware that seagulls consume a lot of sand, which makes things much worse .... That can even mark glass if you aren't careful.

Edited by Andrew-T on 17/04/2017 at 10:56

Any - Bird Droppings - John Boy

The Brillo pad story triggered a memory for me too. In the late sixties I heard that my girl friend's father had taken against me and was coming round to sort me out. He was a drain layer on building sites, who cleaned his hands with a Brillo pad after work, so I kept a very low profile for a while.

Any - Bird Droppings - corax

Another way is to use a clay bar. They are used by professional valeters for getting all the contaminants off paintwork before applying sealant. You need a spray bottle with some water and a small amount of car shampoo. Mould the clay bar from a square into a flat dollop (it helps to put it in warm water to soften it), spray the body work area and run the clay bar across the area. They can get rid of everything - tar, bird lime, tree sap, but they are fine enough to leave the paint work undamaged. The important thing is to keep the bodywork wet for lubrication with the spray bottle.

Then when the surface of the bar has contaminants on it (you'd be amazed how much it picks up off supposedly clean bodywork), fold it inside out to reveal a clean surface and start again. You may not have to do this with a small area though.

Anything it does not pick up will probably be stone chips!

Any - Bird Droppings - barney100

Try this for stubborn bird droppings. Soak a sponge in warm water and palce it over the offending mess. Leave a few minutes and have a peak. If it won't go just repeat after a few rubs just repeat. Did swmbo's car which had attracted the seagull airforce and removed the lot that way.

Any - Bird Droppings - Gibbo_Wirral

Is bird muck getting stronger or is the paint thinner on newer cars?

Any - Bird Droppings - brum

Brake cleaner and k*itchen roll paper.

Edited by brum on 19/04/2017 at 16:58

Any - Bird Droppings - RaineMan

Although soaking did not work first time repeated soaking with fresh warm water every 30 minutes did in the end. It was left two amtte areaaround 3" in diameter that I will try to restore over the weekend but I am not hopeful.

Any - Bird Droppings - glidermania

You need to wash the car with a quality car wash (not fairy liquid please!) then claybar it with something like bilt hamber clay. Beauty of this claybar is water is its natural lubricant so you dont need to buy any lube.

Roll the clay in your wet hands (so it doesnt stick to you) and flatten so its about 2" across. Rub the clay back and forth over the wetted area when the bird poop is. The clay will lift it off the paintwork. Fold the clay on itself and flatten out again, repeat on wetted body area.

You can do this all over the bodywork to lift unseen tar, grime and brake dust etc. When you look at the clay,you'll be amazed what you've taken off the paintwork.

Never ever clay a dry body panel. Do NOT use T Cut or other cutting compounds.

Edited by glidermania on 21/04/2017 at 23:18

Any - Bird Droppings - Stanb Sevento

You need to wash the car with a quality car wash (not fairy liquid please!) then claybar it with something like bilt hamber clay. Beauty of this claybar is water is its natural lubricant so you dont need to buy any lube.

Roll the clay in your wet hands (so it doesnt stick to you) and flatten so its about 2" across. Rub the clay back and forth over the wetted area when the bird poop is. The clay will lift it off the paintwork. Fold the clay on itself and flatten out again, repeat on wetted body area.

You can do this all over the bodywork to lift unseen tar, grime and brake dust etc. When you look at the clay,you'll be amazed what you've taken off the paintwork.

Never ever clay a dry body panel. Do NOT use T Cut or other cutting compounds.

Must say I have never had any success using clay to remove bird poo marks where it has etched into the surface of clear coat, always had to cut the surface to some degree. The best stuff Ive used is Maguirs ultimate compound but not sure how you would get on with that without a machine polisher. T-Cut works pretty well but if you have been working at it for a few minutes and its not gone you should give up or you can do damage.

Edited by Stanb Sevento on 22/04/2017 at 00:43

Any - Bird Droppings - corax
Must say I have never had any success using clay to remove bird poo marks where it has etched into the surface of clear coat, always had to cut the surface to some degree. The best stuff Ive used is Maguirs ultimate compound but not sure how you would get on with that without a machine polisher. T-Cut works pretty well but if you have been working at it for a few minutes and its not gone you should give up or you can do damage.

I think if it's etched into the paint, then give up, the damage is already done. Clay bars will remove anything sitting on the surface. You can get different grades, but you have to be very careful with the coa***r ones.

If these things are a concern, a sealant needs to be applied before it's happened, because contaminants are going to affect the bodywork at some point. Good sealants are extremely tough and can last 2 years or more before applying again. Gtechniq have some expensive but very durable products. I used Car Lack sealant on my car four years ago, and I swear it's still working because the paintwork shines when I give it a quick clean, which isn't very often.

Any - Bird Droppings - Doc

I used Autoglym Paint Renovator, which completely removed a long-standing mark on paintwork, caused I suspect by bird droppings. I had no success with T-cut or polish.

Edited by Doc on 01/05/2017 at 16:41

Any - Bird Droppings - galileo

I had a large splat on the bonnet the other day (been there a fww hours so dry): sprayed it with water, after 2 minutes it wiped off easily with a tissue.

I use Armor All Shield after every fifth wash and it does seem effective as a protective coating.

 

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