How Bird Droppings Can Damage Your Car and How To Prevent Against It
Many car enthusiasts we know spent relentless hours using the best car polish or the best car wax on the market, only to then neglect the dreaded bird poop to tarnish their treasure.
No matter how much car polish or car wax you use, the longer the deposit remains on your bodywork, however, and the higher the temperatures, the harder the dried deposit will be, and the greater the propensity for the paint lacquer to mould to it as it cools.
There has always been the debate of the real reason that bird lime causes havoc with your car's paintwork. Some believe because it contains uric acid (the same chemical composition as Ammonia), it will almost melt and ruin your car's paintwork in no time. It simply leaves unsightly marks on your car, which is devastating to most car owners. Prevention is better than any cure….
However, is this the real cause of bird lime damaging your paintwork? Another train of thought is that the real damage is caused by cooling paintwork underneath which hardens and contracts around the bird lime. To explain it more fully, when the sun beats down on your car paintwork, the paintwork warms up, softens and expands a little. If there is a bird dropping on your car, the heat will also dry and harden this as well. Eventually, nighttime falls and your car paintwork will cool again and the paint lacquer cools contracts, hardens and moulds itself around the bird dropping.
Afterwards, this then appears as dulled paintwork as the light is not perfectly reflected off this damaged area of the cars painted surface.
Following the same train of thought, devastation sets in when the bird dropping is left for longer than necessary. As temperatures rise and fall in the subsequent days after the bird dropping first landed, the harder the deposit becomes and the greater the contraction and moulding of the paintwork underneath, causing further damage and a more marked unsightly patch.
Another thing we can take away from this Is to avoid parking where droppings are more prevalent and an obvious place is under trees – if you have a nice car r cherish your car, don’t park under trees!!!
How To Remove Bird Dropping From Your Car For Your Car Protection
Now we know how detrimental bird droppings are to our car paintwork (it does contain uric acid after all!) and the long and the short of it is to remove these bird droppings as soon as you possibly can..You want to protect your car paintwork as much as you can as it is a very expensive process if your paintwork get damaged and can affect the resale value for a car big time. It does not matter if you use the best car wax or car polish in the world, there is no substituting caution and care when it comes to bird lime.
What To Do To Get the Bird Lime Off Quick As You Can
If it has caked on, it is best to soak a microfibre with water and pre-wash and let it sit on top of the bird dropping for about 10 minutes to loosen and soften it and then carefully enclose the wet-microfibre around the bird dropping and LIFT the bird dropping off the paint, trying hard to avoid rubbing it over other areas of your paintwork.
You can also buy a cleaning fluid that is dedicated to removing bird line off cars; these are made up of natural ingredients which will not damage the cars paintwork
Bird droppings can contain grit so the last ting you want to do is to scratch your paintwork by smearing it over your car.
Don't simply swipe the bird dropping all over your paintwork to get it off. You can even buy bird dropping wipes from online or retail shops.
Then, after you remove it, you can rub a coat of good car wax or car sealant onto this area to shine and protect the area once again.
What To Do If Then Bird Lime Has Damaged Your Car Paintwork
If you notice any damage or etching in the car paint left by the bird lime, there is little use using a car polish or car wax at this stage. What you’ll need is a compound, paint cleaner or swirl mark remover and either by hand or by machine, you will need to carefully remove the etching. After this, you can the use the best car polish you like to use as well as your best wax or car sealant.