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a bird dropped on my car yesterday, I washed it today and I can still see where it was. It looks like water spots, but I know it's from the bird. I've tried Maguires Scratch X. Any other ideas?
 

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Re: bird poop (bpwrightwv)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>bpwrightwv</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">a bird dropped on my car yesterday, I washed it today and I can still see where it was. It looks like water spots, but I know it's from the bird. I've tried Maguires Scratch X. Any other ideas?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>let it sit a few days. the acidic nature of bird dropping will cause the paint to cloud up, but it should clear in a few days. unless the paint is etched.<br>then you may need to machine polish the spot.<br>
 

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<B>DO NOT </B>let it sit on. The faster you can get it completely off, the better it is.<br>Try a bit of compound, then polish and wax.<br>If it's still there, try using some 3000 wet sandpaper, VERY LIGHTLY on the spot then compound, polish and wax.<br>If you're queasy about the sanding let GOOD detailer do it then he can polish it with a buffer but do it as fast as you can
 

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thanks , I got a good Internet link at Maguires of how to properly use the Scratch x from the S40 forum, that and a terry cloth towel got it our pretty easy. Thanks<p>Just curious,but I'd waxed the car a few weeks ago. How is it that this kind of thing can do that to paint when it's been waxed recently and it was only on there less than one day in fairly mild weather (it's been in the 70s here lately)<p>
 

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You'd be amazed at how acidic bird poop really is. Even wax won't help. As JRL, mentioned, the best protection is to get it off ASAP!
 

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Just had this problem the other day. The poop probably sat overnight. The poop left etching that I couldn't remove initially but it came off instantly with some Klasse AIO. I would start off light and work your way up I too thought compound was needed at first..good luck.
 

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Again, IF you see it when you get out of the car, remove it immediately.<br>If you're out in public use a<B> soaking wet paper towel or even a wet Kleenix,</B> <br>if you don't have a rag in the trunk, ANYTHING just to loosen it off. You then can clean it properly when you get home
 

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Re: bird poop (bpwrightwv)

It is important to remove organic waste from birds. You should carry<br>a spritz of carnuba to remove bird acids as soon as is possible <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: bird poop (Helmut Ranff)

I keep a small 8oz bottle of quick detailing spray in my trunk with a couple rags just for this. If you notice the bird poop spray a little bit of quick detailer on it and dab (not wipe) the bird poop until it is all up, then you can spray again and wipe in a back and forth motion (not in circles or you will get swirl marks) so you won't leave water spots.
 

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Re: bird poop (I Roll)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>I Roll</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I keep a small 8oz bottle of quick detailing spray in my trunk with a couple rags just for this. If you notice the bird poop spray a little bit of quick detailer on it and dab (not wipe) the bird poop until it is all up, then you can spray again and wipe in a back and forth motion (not in circles or you will get swirl marks) so you won't leave water spots.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I do the same, but also have a spray-bottle of distilled water. No minerals=no water spots.<p>People look at me funy when I'm in public doing this, but their funny looks don't keep my paint looking like new now do they?
 

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Re: bird poop (not2blu)

I'm not an expert on bird poop, but I think you'll find that its is very<br>strongly alkaline (from the ammonia, since it's a mixture of kidney and<br>bowel waste in a bird), which is worse than acid for etching paint. (That ammonia is what leads to the nitrates so valuable to recover from guano deposits!) <p>The point of bringing that up is, I have always used a little white vinegar (mild solution of acetic acid) on a rag to neutralize a bird poop spot<br>after cleaning off the grunge) and have felt like it minimizes the paint damage if you're getting to it fairly promptly. No scientific data to back<br>that up, but it's worked for me!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Camyman</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">and shoot the bird too!</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Or, you can do like Graham Greene's character, Edgar Montrose, the "explosives expert" on "The Red Green Show" (PBS) says about pesky birds:<br> <br>"what'cha do is get yourself one of those spare propane bottles for gas grilles. Then you cover it in honey and roll it in birdseed; when the birds come to feed, you take your .22 and......<B><U>KABLOOM</U></B>! No more birds! Plus the fact that the concussion will break any bird's eggs for miles around!"<p>(just kidding here) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>My '88 760SE(T) Wagon has a few spots on the passenger-side of the hood where, apparently, sometime ago, a bird pooped on it and the former owner either didn't know or didn't care about it, so the poop went right down to the bare metal. It also has numerous spots that look like fallen tree sap all over the car (little tiny spots that are raised off the surface). For those, can I take some Rubbing Compound (wet) and use that to clean it off, followed by waxing?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Mike_B</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br> It also has numerous spots that look like fallen tree sap all over the car (little tiny spots that are raised off the surface). For those, can I take some Rubbing Compound (wet) and use that to clean it off, followed by waxing?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>What kind of trees have you been parking under? If hardwoods, they are probably insect droppings or honeydew from tree sap passing through insect guts, in which case they should be water soluble -- just hold a piece of wet cotton or paper towel against them until they dissolve if they don't just hose off. Some will chip off with a fingernail when still hard. If pines or other evergreens, you've got a problem - rubbing might just spread it around; it takes a solvent, if you can find one that doesn't dissolve paint!<p>Prevention is the best remedy. Always remember to look at the ground to see what might have been dropping before leaving your car under a tree! A good coat of wax will give some protection, too.
 

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It wasn't me that was parking under the trees (I don't have a tree where I park) - apparently, it was one of the previous 3 owners (I'm the 4th) and I don't know what type of trees it was parked under.<p>They're amber in color, probably about 1mm or so in diameter and very numerous and all over the car, including on the windsheild. I did notice that taking my old VA ID card (like a credit card - plastic) and gently scraping them will remove them, but like I said, they're too numerous and it's gonna take a <U>very</U> long time to get them all off.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Mike_B at 3:39 PM 12-9-2005</i>
 

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Re: bird poop (Helmut Ranff)

Anything new in the area of bird poop removal? I came out of work today to find a purple splotch of bird poop on the hood of my new S80. As soon as I got home I carefully removed the poop, but at a low angle to the surface you can still see where it was. Will this disappear, or does anyone have any advice or new success stories (I read all the postings in this thread).
 

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