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 Tips on removing bug-guts from the windshield.
gearjammer351  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 12:57:34 PM EDT
My commute involves crossing a long bridge over a lake, and the bugs are thick there this time of year. Everyday I'm getting my car covered in bug guts and I haven't got the time to go to the car-wash every damned day. Once dried, they're really hard to remove. I even scratched the glass using a pot scrubber on it! How can I clean this off more easily or mitigate the effects of bug guts on my windshield?
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packinheavy  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 12:58:28 PM EDT
SouthEndXGF  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 12:59:28 PM EDT
Goo b gone?

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mEnTL32  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 12:59:47 PM EDT
Parents taught me this trick:

Windex... but wipe it off with NEWSPAPER.

Sounds silly but I've shown this trick to many a friend... always amazed
TinLeg  [Life Member]
5/10/2011 1:00:17 PM EDT

Start with a coarse grit and work your way back to 1000 grit.
jmarkma  [Member]
5/10/2011 1:00:38 PM EDT
I just picked up some pre-wash bug remover today at wally world. Some of that in combination with your window washers might work. Just don't do all of that in direct sunlight.
jmarkma  [Member]
5/10/2011 1:01:08 PM EDT
Originally Posted By TinLeg:

Start with a coarse grit and work your way back to 1000 grit.

It should be diamond coated for best results.
VBC  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 1:02:20 PM EDT
In a shady area, squirt Windex on real good and let it soak for 10 or 20 seconds or so.
Timco  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 1:04:24 PM EDT
Lick them first, then use the squeegee.
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Shawnmt6601  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 1:05:53 PM EDT
get the window wet with whatever, water windex, jizz etc

use a razor blade. you can buy a pack of 100 cheap/ then just scrape them off, its how we do it at the detail shop I manage, its the only way to get it all off

some wax can go on windows and make it much easier to just wipe them off
RedDane  [Member]
5/10/2011 1:07:02 PM EDT
Try turtle wax's bug remover.. it works wonders.
Cletus325  [Member]
5/10/2011 1:08:12 PM EDT
The detail department at the dealership I work at uses a very fine grade (automotive) steel wool and Windex on the windshields. Doesn't scratch and not much effort is needed. A razor blade and Windex works nicely as well.
Punkface  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 1:08:12 PM EDT
Windex with newspaper works as someone suggested. Also, to prevent bugs from sticking to your bumper and whatknot spraying a light layer of PAM works pretty well at having dead bugs slide off as you're driving. Wouldn't spray PAM on a windshiend though.

ETA: When I used to work at a car was detailing cars, we would use a mixture of windex and water and scrub the fuck out of bugs with normal sponges and towels.
pen  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 1:10:46 PM EDT
Coke, or vinegar. Soak, scrub off with a net scrubbie. Rinse.

Pro-tip - if you soak it even with just water for a few minutes, they dissolve rather handily.

Pot scrubber = lulz
anothergene  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 1:16:54 PM EDT
Razor blade or Bon-Ami...
gearjammer351  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 1:17:21 PM EDT
Originally Posted By pen:
Coke, or vinegar. Soak, scrub off with a net scrubbie. Rinse.

Pro-tip - if you soak it even with just water for a few minutes, they dissolve rather handily.

Pot scrubber = lulz

Last week it rained for 2 days straight, and I had 3 trips of a half hour or more with the wipers on constantly and that didn't clear them off. That makes me doubt that a 'few minutes of soaking with water' will do the trick.

It was a plasticky pot-scrubber that said on the package "safe for glass cookware." I figured since auto glass is tempered, it wouldn't scratch it. I was wrong.
TinLeg  [Life Member]
5/10/2011 1:19:09 PM EDT
In all seriousity, I worked for a time cleaning windshields. Best thing we used was the foaming glass cleaner. Wipe once with a "wet" rag and again with a dry rag.
LoveHammer  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 1:23:04 PM EDT
Originally Posted By anothergene:
Razor blade or Bon-Ami...

Best answer in this thread.

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nightwolf357  [Life Member]
5/10/2011 1:27:04 PM EDT
at body shops or detail centers we usually use a razor blade to get the rost off and then use the 0000 superfine steel wool the finest steel wool you can get. use a little windex and it should come off. Just dont continue to rub one spot for a few hours. even the finest steel wool will scratch after a few hours on one spot. normal use to get bugs off wont hurt it.
DriftPunch  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 1:29:35 PM EDT
Meh, that's what rain is for...
coyote3  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 1:30:34 PM EDT
Learned this from an OTR trucker, baking soda and warm water.

hdvespa  [Member]
5/10/2011 1:30:53 PM EDT
use some hydrogen peroxide and water in a spray bottle then a damp towel from your bcuket of warm water to wipe off
bradinator  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 1:31:34 PM EDT
I think there are special bug remover that work well.

Be sure to get it off the paint too, because it will permanently damage the paint.
GAcop  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 1:37:57 PM EDT
I use the Rain-x bug remover in the washer. Works good between times you can really clean the windshield.
Gamma762  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 1:42:28 PM EDT
Put a good coat of Rain-X on the windshield beforehand, the bugs remove much easier afterwards. Same with ice in the winter.

Usually I just soak the windshield in soap and water for a few minutes, that softens them up then scrub off with a kitchen scrubber.
Prae  [Member]
5/10/2011 1:48:17 PM EDT
Are they Love Bugs? A wet fabric softener sheet will remove them from the bumper, windshield, etc....
tac45  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 1:49:29 PM EDT
Downy drier sheets. Works better than any commercial bug remover. No scrubbing involved. Just wet and wipe off.
COZ  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 2:07:28 PM EDT
I just spray my windshield with Windex in the morning a couple of minutes before I leave when it's cool out still. Then use the bug off windshield washer in the trucks washer tank and spray etc... No fuss just spray on wait and use the trucks washer as normal. NO BUGS!

If you use the bug-off windshield washer in your washer tank and hit them as you go it will remove most of them. The windex works GREAT when it's cool out to let it sit for a couple of minutes. The blue washer CRAP is useless.

I am pretty certain that Super Glue is made from BUGS!
RedDane  [Member]
5/10/2011 2:13:53 PM EDT
Brake fluid and a tooth brush.
bigrob88  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 2:15:32 PM EDT
wesleys bleach white the kind used on tires
go to the car wash or if you have a pressure washer
spray it down with wesleys
let it soak for a minute or two
bugs come right off
rdblan2  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 2:17:53 PM EDT
Dryer sheet wet w/ car wash soap.

Honestly never tried it on glass, but it takes them right off your grill and front painted surfaces. Try some rainx on your windshield after you get it clean. Remove them as soon as you can so they don't bake on.
RightwingNutjob  [Member]
5/10/2011 2:22:24 PM EDT
Ammonia works good, janitorial strength is better yet. Use it only on the glass keep it off everything else. It gets a lot of things off the windshield like tree sap, little specks of tar and grease from the road all of which keeps the wipers from working as effectively.
BallisticTip  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 2:27:28 PM EDT
Good tips.
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