It Bugs Us Too! Removing Bugs From Car Paint With Ease

VD February 02 2022

Insects can be a nuisance not only in the garden at home or on a walk, but also when driving. Dead insects on the car are more than annoying: they can damage the paintwork and that gets really expensive. With these tricks, quick and gentle cleaning is possible.

Bugs become problematic when driving on the motorway, for example on holiday trips. The windshield is quickly full of dead insects. If the view is impaired as a result, this can become dangerous. The windscreen wipers can often no longer help and only make the situation worse.

The insects also end up on the bonnet and in the radiator grille. In the worst case, the whole thing burns in from sunlight and the heat of the engine. This can leave damage that costs a lot of money. The car should therefore be cleaned from bugs as quickly as possible.

Insects on the car: avoid damage to the paintwork

Dead insects on your car paint not only look ugly but the mixture of protein and the chitin armor of the insects can also damage the paintwork and cause unsightly spots. 

The longer insect dirt stays on the windshield or paintwork, the more difficult it is for the owner to get it off. But how do drivers get their cars clean again without a car wash? Some tricks can help.

Freeing the car from bugs: How do I clean my car without chemicals?

If the insect remains are quickly removed from the paintwork, a lot of water or, for the windshield, glass cleaner is usually sufficient. It becomes more difficult when everything has already dried up. For best results, drivers can use special insect removers. These will soak the remains for a few minutes and then they can be easily wiped off. Bug removers are available in hardware stores, at gas stations, or in specialty stores.

But you can do the trick without chemical products. However, a little more time may have to be planned for this. This in turn saves you money. Because almost everything that is needed can be found in the household. Insect remains can first be soaked with wet kitchen or household towels. Car experts advise against newspapers. Because when the newspaper dries out, it can leave unsightly stains on the paintwork. 

Once the insect remains have been soaked, they usually come off easily. Microfiber cloths or special insect sponges should be used for gentle cleaning. You can get them at hardware stores for a few bucks.

Cleaning without chemicals:

  • Soak insect remains with damp cloths
  • Use lots of water
  • Then rub off with a microfiber cloth or insect sponge
  • Nylon tights can also be used

Removing bugs from car paint with the tights

If you don't have a special insect sponge at hand, you can also use nylon tights. It may sound strange, but insect remains can be gently removed from the car with a pantyhose or a plastic net. Simply crumple up the net or tights and rub off the soaked areas.

Waterless cleaners can also help and are particularly useful when you are on a long journey. So-called car shampoos are currently popular. They are applied to the soiled areas and quickly rid the car of the remains of insects. Like insect cleaners, these agents are commercially available. 

In addition to insect remains, bird droppings can also damage the car's paintwork. Therefore, the same applies here: wipe away quickly. If it has dried up, it is best to soak it and remove it with a soft sponge.