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Bird Crap

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by coffeesnob, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. Jun 6, 2010 at 4:29 AM
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    coffeesnob

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    A bird plopped a splat of crap on my hood. I cleaned it off asap but it has actually left a faint imperfection in my paint exactly the size of the splat. Its hard to see so most would never notice it but I can't get it out. Any ideas? That bird must have been eating very acidic I guess. Thanks:confused:
     
  2. Jun 6, 2010 at 4:33 AM
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    Hit up some clay bar, a good wash, and then some wax (even just the spray stuff oughta work).
     
  3. Jun 6, 2010 at 7:21 AM
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    That once happened on my mustang and I was told by a body shop that some Bird Shit as a high level of acid in it and can eat the paint on a rig.
     
  4. Jun 6, 2010 at 8:32 AM
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    This is true. Bird shit is very acidic, and if it isnt removed sooner than later, it can certainly etch in to the paint. In most cases, if its removed quickly enough, a coat of wax can help hide the imperfection, but to completely remove it, you'll need to polish it out w/ a good compound/polish.
     
  5. Jun 6, 2010 at 8:58 AM
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    Use a random orbital buffer and polish it out. Then apply a good coat of wax to prevent future bird crap attacks.
     
  6. Jun 6, 2010 at 9:00 AM
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    I don't know... I would even try goo gone. The only thing I'd have to lose is bird crap residue. Haha. Good luck man. I feel your pain. That's like spending $100 to get door dings removed only to get a new one the day after. Its like WTF?
     
  7. Jun 6, 2010 at 9:01 AM
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    oh, yes, true... Carnauba wax tends to protect better against bird droppings compared to a synthetic sealant.
     
  8. Jun 6, 2010 at 11:40 AM
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    I did have a good coat of wax on it. But that bird must have drunken some hdrochloric acid.
     
  9. Jun 7, 2010 at 6:56 AM
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    Depending on how long it sat on the paint, it may have etched it to the point where you can't remove it. I have several spots like that on my hood from the previous owner.

    There is only about 3 mils (.003") of total paint on most newer vehicles (that's primer, sealer, base coat and clear coat combined), so you don't have much material to work with. If a little polishing with a high-quality micro-abrasive polish doesn't remove the etching, leave it alone; if you polish too much you'll go through the clearcoat and things will be worse.

    I keep quick detailer and a few microfibers in my truck so I can wipe of that stuff as soon as I see it. Time is a big factor in these instances.
     
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