Should have had your car supaguarded at the dealers. Bird poo just slides off as the molecular compound in the supaguard reacts with the molecules in bird poo and stops it coagulating, forcing it to slide off harmlessly.
Either that or get one of these fitted to your roof.
My car..toyota celica metalic blue received a large gift right in the middle of the bonnet..it was a hot day & I guess I got it off in about an hour..it however has damaged the paintwork.. because of that I have ordered the guardx on our new Juke..just in case..
Found on the internet!!!
<div ="smallfont" style="font: normal normal normal 11pxormal verdana, geneva, lucida, 'lucida grande', arial, helvetica, sans-serif; ">Bird Poo Research by Autoglym<hr size="1" style="color: rgb0, 0, 0; : rgb0, 0, 0; "><div id="post_message_462136">Saw this article onAutoblogon research Autoglym did regarding paint and bird droppings. Very interesting stuff! Tips for removal are the same, but still interesting!
Here's the article...
<div align="left">"New research from Autoglym, the UK's leading car care experts, suggests that the familiar sight of car bodywork 'etched' by bird droppings are not the result of any corrosive property in the deposit, as is commonly believed. In fact, damage instead results from the paint lacquer contracting upon cooling and moulding to the uneven texture of the hardened deposit.
As paint lacquer warms – in the direct summer sunshine for example – it softens and expands. At the same time, that heat dries and hardens any bird droppings on the surface. Autoglym's researchers discovered that as the paint lacquer cools, overnight for example, it contracts, hardens and moulds around the texture of the bird dropping. To the naked eye, this moulding at a microscopic level appears as dulled or etched paintwork. The light's reflection is interrupted by the imperfect surface, unlike the undamaged paint surrounding it which gives a clearer reflection.
<div align="left">Autoglym's tests with strongly acidic, neutral and strongly alkali bird dropping substitutes highlighted negligible differences in the damage caused. However, differences in paint damage were noted when the substitute bird deposits had varying degrees of grain-to-liquid content. A grainier texture caused greater light distortion (dullness) when the paint moulded around it.
<div align="left">Wax and polish treatments – that protect against chemical attack from acid raid and UV sun damage, for example – provide limited protection from the paint moulding to bird droppings, although they will make them easier to remove. The longer the deposit remains on the bodywork, 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. Bird dropping damage can only be prevented by motorists remaining vigilant and removing the deposit as soon as possible.
<div align="left">Autoglym's has outlined some tips for minimising the risk of damage from bird droppings:
<div align="left">- Remove the deposit at the earliest opportunity
<div align="left">- Motorists should use a moist cloth – Autoglym's Bird Dropping Wipes are ideal – to gently lift the deposit from the surface
<div align="left">- If the deposit is dry or doesn't lift easily, place a moist cloth over it for ten minutes to soften the deposit
<div align="left">- Dispose of any cloth or wipe used to remove bird droppings immediately and carefully wash your hands, as bird lime can harbour diseases
<div align="left">Paul Caller, CEO of Autoglym, said: "It's a great shame when an otherwise fabulous-looking car is blighted with a tell-tale patch of dull paint. As a result of this new research by our R&D team in Letchworth, we now understand why bird droppings are a frighteningly potent hazard to bodywork.
<div align="left">"As bird droppings become ever more prevalent through spring and into summer, motorists must be extremely vigilant to avoid permanent damage, especially those who park their cars under trees at home or at work. The only way to prevent the paint becoming noticeably tarnished is to carefully remove deposits as swiftly as possible.""</blockquote>
Picked up new Juke today at 11am, home at 12pm, bird [email protected]%t on car straight away I reckon..noticed at 12:30 after being baked on in the sun…. I COULD HAVE CRIED !!! however came off no problem thanks to it being guardX treated & having the superior white paint...
A less kind forum member will no doubt be along to say something like the poo wouldn't show on a white one.....I think the white ones rock. If I'd been allowed a white Sport with privacy glass, black spoiler and black rims I'd have jumped at the chance!Chris
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