Do birds see a bullseye on your car?
From a bird’s point of view, your car looks like a great place for a bathroom break! There’s nothing more unattractive on your car than globs of bird poop. But, as unattractive as it, bird droppings on your car paint are more than just an unsightly nuisance. They can cause some real damage to your car’s finish.
There are two problems associated with bird droppings and damage to your car’s paint. Birds waste contains uric acid as well as solid bits of waste such as seeds. Uric acid has a pH of about 3.5 – 4.5 which is corrosive enough to eat away a wax coating and start to work on etching your car’s paint.
The second problem involves the action of the sun’s rays on the droppings. During the day, the sun heats and expands the paint on your car and hardens the dropping. As the day cools, the paint contracts, “re-forms” around the excrement, and creates a mould.
In order to protect your car from birds and their droppings, It ‘s important that you try to remove bird droppings from your car’s paint ASAP before they can cause etching. One way to clean droppings and stay ahead of the problem it to keep a bottle of club soda or a detailing spray in your car. Pour a small amount directly on the spot, wait a few minutes, and then wipe with a soft, damp cloth.
At the very least, try to keep the affected area moist so that the droppings don’t have a chance to harden until your can clean them properly.
Even if you have a garage
Of course, as the old saying goes, “ an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. You can try and limit the amount damage by parking your car in a garage or investing in a car cover. While parked, avoid those shady parking spots that are under the trees or use your car cover.
Unfortunately, it’s just not possible to keep birds from dropping excrement on your car — it’s a fact of driving. So, you need to be proactive when it comes to protecting the finish of your car, especially if it’s brand new.
Staying one step ahead of the birds
Opti-Coat Pro+ is a hard-wearing, ceramic clear coat that offers superior resistance and full paint protection from the chemical etching due to the corrosive nature of bird droppings and other outside environmental elements.
Opti-Coat Pro+ provides a protective barrier which acts to resist the damage caused by bird droppings. It gives you more time to remove the droppings before they can do any permanent damage to your car’s paint.
Unlike other sealers and paint protection wax, Opti-Coat Pro+ permanently bonds to your car’s factory coating, will not delaminate, and protects your car’s surface indefinitely.
San Diego’s Lux Auto Spa, located in Sorrento Valley, is the area’s premier Opti-Coat Pro installer. Our goal is to preserve and enhance the beauty of your car as well as helping to preserve your investment in the future.