Bird Poops on Your Car

Posted on 14 August 2011 by Tony Santos

Bird Poops on Your Car

One of the most annoying things that could happen to your newly washed car is having a bird poop all over it. Unfortunately, it is somehow can’t be avoided because birds can be everywhere and leave poops even while flying. And one common belief is that the acidity from bird poops can damage the paint of the car.

Autoglym, UK’s leading car care experts has done a research study regarding this matter, and they found out that the damage is not from the birds poops alone but instead from the paint lacquer contracting upon cooling and molding to the uneven texture of the hardened deposit.

Autoglym explains that as paint lacquer warms for example in the direct summer sunshine, it softens and expands. While at the same time, the heat dries and hardens the bird droppings on the surface. Autoglym found out that the damage occurs when the paint lacquer cools, overnight for example, it contracts, hardens and moulds around the texture of the bird dropping leaving unwanted markings on the paint of the car.

Autoglym says that bird dropping damage can only be prevented by owners removing the poop as soon as possible. They outline some tips for minimizing the risk of damage from bird droppings.

  • Remove the deposit at the earliest opportunity
  • Motorists should use a moist cloth – Autoglym’s Bird Dropping Wipes are ideal – to gently lift the deposit from the surface
  • If the deposit is dry or doesn’t lift easily, place a moist cloth over it for ten minutes to soften the deposit
  • Dispose of any cloth or wipe used to remove bird droppings immediately and carefully wash your hands, as bird lime can harbour diseases

Source: egmCarTech

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