Not only do insects pollute your car, but you should know that due to its high acid content, their dead bodies can also damage and stain the paint beyond repair, hence the importance of cleaning it in easy.
Prevent it from healing
Based on the principle that prevention is better than cure to prevent insect carcasses from becoming strong glue, it is best to finish the high pressure washing by applying a good coat of wax or polishing that acts as a protective undercoat and eliminates the future. “remains” of a simple jet.
For purists, it is possible to wrap the front bumper and grille with a transparent bodywork film. Developed to protect vehicles during transport, this film, which you can buy at accessory stores, has anti-shock properties. Alternatively, you can also use kitchen stretch film, which is easier to find and less expensive. Disadvantage: for one and for another, it takes time to use it to the desired places.
Be careful, though, if you’re protecting your rear-view mirrors, be careful to keep the hull “only”. Otherwise, you risk a fine.
Clean up messes with elbow grease
After 300 or 800 km, from bumper to windshield, your car looks like a fly trap! Problem, how to remove all stuck insects, which usually dry almost immediately under the action of UV and wind friction, without having to scratch the paint or risk damaging it?
Before starting a complete bodywork wash, it is better to remove more or less dry or greasy stains with a sponge and an ad hoc product. There are insect cleaners and so-called “mosquito remover” sprays on the market, specially adapted for this purpose, which make it possible to soften the insects. Although usually expensive, if the residue is there for several days or even weeks, or if a high-pressure wash fails to remove it, it is nevertheless a good solution. Sprayed on surfaces to treat before washing, this type of product dissolves most insect residues.
If specialist cleaners are not available, glass products or white vinegar are usually very suitable. Just spray it on most covered areas, let it work for a few minutes and gently rub with a damp sponge or microfiber cloth.
Baking soda is also a valuable ally to help you remove insects from your body. The best is to dissolve it in a little warm water and put it on a sponge in a circular motion. Baking soda is non-abrasive, so you won’t risk scratching the surface if you also keep it dry, using a sponge if necessary.
And the windshield?
Those of us who have driven our car through a swarm know from experience that within seconds the entire windshield is covered in a thick, slippery goo of crushed insects. In an emergency, you should put yourself on the alert and operate the windscreen washer as much as possible to hope to see the road again before an accident. So the interest in using a “mosquito remover” windscreen washer in the summer, especially adapted to this type of incident. The best thing, if this happens to you, is to stop as soon as possible at a rest area to clean the windshield to restore better visibility. Especially since the heat provided by the glass surface literally “cooks” the insects in the area and the longer you wait, the harder it will be for you to get rid of them.
If the bodywork requires cleaning precautions, the glass that covers the windscreen and the headlights is more durable, which makes it possible to use abrasive sponges (for dishes, for example, that rub but do not scratch) or a flat blade, attached to a handle to gently scrape the entire surface. The best is to spray a wide glass product, so that it works, and to scrape at an angle of 45 °. However, be careful not to use sharp tools because if the glass is not resistant, it will scratch!