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    Really Stubborn Bug Guts

    I admit I havenít been diligent about keeping my truck clean recently. I am trying to whip it back into shape, but I have a section in the front that has been pelted with love bugs and I just canít seem to get them off. I donít have much trouble getting them off the painted metal, but there is a piece of painted plastic above the bumper that just doesnít want to let them go. Iíve tried many of the popular products that work fine on fresh bugs and donít strip the protectant, but they donít make a dent on these aged remnants. Before I resort to sanding and repainting this section of my truck, is there an aggressive, effective product that actually works on old stubborn bug guts? Obviously Iím not concerned about stripping wax or sealant. I just want the bugs gone. Does a miracle product exist?
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    Re: Really Stubborn Bug Guts

    Have you tried WD40Really Stubborn Bug Guts

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    Re: Really Stubborn Bug Guts

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    Have you tried WD40Really Stubborn Bug Guts

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    No, I have not tried that. I have tried tar remover, which seemed to help a little, but didn’t get all of it. I will give WD40 a shot. Thanks!
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    Re: Really Stubborn Bug Guts

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    No, I have not tried that. I have tried tar remover, which seemed to help a little, but didnít get all of it. I will give WD40 a shot. Thanks!
    Let it dwell and do its thing. Its 100% safe, just clean it off with some RW or WW afterwardsReally Stubborn Bug GutsReally Stubborn Bug Guts

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    Re: Really Stubborn Bug Guts

    It is very possible they are etched into the paint. I have that on my black Frontier, from before I joined this forum. They are very smooth, after being polished several times, but they are still there.

    When I have a car covered in love bugs I try to soak them off first. Take several thin microfiber towels and dampen them in the solution in the wash bucket (works with rinseless or regular car wash soap). Then place the towels over the 'buggy' area for 5-10 minutes (I usually take this time to wash the wheels). When I come back most of the bugs will wipe off, and I have not removed the protection (but it is a good idea to add more anyway). For ones that remain, I add a fresh, damp towel to the area and let it sit again.

    This works with any towels, but thinner towels usually 'stick' better to non-horizontal surfaces.

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    Re: Really Stubborn Bug Guts

    Quote Originally Posted by mc2hill View Post
    It is very possible they are etched into the paint. I have that on my black Frontier, from before I joined this forum. They are very smooth, after being polished several times, but they are still there.

    When I have a car covered in love bugs I try to soak them off first. Take several thin microfiber towels and dampen them in the solution in the wash bucket (works with rinseless or regular car wash soap). Then place the towels over the 'buggy' area for 5-10 minutes (I usually take this time to wash the wheels). When I come back most of the bugs will wipe off, and I have not removed the protection (but it is a good idea to add more anyway). For ones that remain, I add a fresh, damp towel to the area and let it sit again.

    This works with any towels, but thinner towels usually 'stick' better to non-horizontal surfaces.

    ETCHED! That is exactly what i have. I used jeweling wax and thought i removed it, but this morning it is still there. How do i remove it?

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    Re: Really Stubborn Bug Guts

    I also have the same question. I was wondering if using Jeweling wax with a polisher is enough to get the etched in bug guts off?

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    Re: Really Stubborn Bug Guts

    I got caught with love bugs last fall. Bugs were on the leading edge of the hood, plastic headlights and plastic grill. Tried Citrol 266, Prep-All solvent, Poor Boys bug squash, Tar-x and a bunch of other product that I can't remember. Most came off but a few stubborn one's were left. The Porter cable, a Lake Country CCS white pad and some Sonax 04-06 made short work of the remnants and etching. The etching hasn't come back.


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    Re: Really Stubborn Bug Guts

    I live in that area and religiously pluck them from my paint immediately when I get home. Itís tough enough doing that so I canít imagine what itís like if I had to keep them on for a while. Youíd definitely need to polish out the etchings.
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    Re: Really Stubborn Bug Guts

    The reason they won't come off is because they've dried on. Similar to the way that wax dries onto your paint surface. My suggestion is like some of the others above, soak a microfiber towel with rinseless or waterless wash solution, and place over the bugs for a bit. Let them re-hydrate. Then, I would take a clay glove or something and go to town if they won't wipe off. Be prepared to polish after however.
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