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Slim Chance
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Love bugs on truck
Have any of you found something reasonable to put on the front of your vehicle to make cleaning those damn bugs off easier that actually works and is safe for the paint?


mtcheral
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re: Love bugs on truck
Just clean them off with wet dryer sheets


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LSU316
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re: Love bugs on truck
Take a spray bottle fill it half with water and half with engine degreaser (like this Griot's Garage)....spray it on the area with the bug...usually over the front of hood, grill, front bumper, and front of fenders...let it sit for five minutes then using normal car wash detergent and water on a sponge gently wipe it off (if the bugs have been there a while might take a little elbow grease).

My detailer showed me this about 10 years ago and it works like a charm.


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armsdealer
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re: Love bugs on truck
Uh, don't use dryer sheets or engine degreaser on your paint!

Ceramic coat, or at minimum a ceramic spray (Turtle wax hybrid solutions is pretty good). Clean daily. I can spray bugs off with garden hose pressure buy I have Gyeon ceramic coating on my car. I use a filter on my hose when cleaning my car to leave it spot free.
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pwejr88
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re: Love bugs on truck
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don't use dryer sheets


Wet them first.
I’ve done this for years. It’s perfect


Slim Chance
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re: Love bugs on truck
Does a particular brand dryer sheet work better than others or can I just use the cheapest ones I find?


mtcheral
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re: Love bugs on truck
Cheap ones work fine.


Thecoz
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re: Love bugs on truck
Dryer sheets are magic...
Wet them... I save used ones from dryer and use them for the bugs...never had problem with paint....

I keep a few in the side panel of my car for bug season and wet them when getting gas.. clean and then run wiper rinse....


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Shexter
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re: Love bugs on truck
This stuff works great. Spray and leave it on for a minute. Wipe off with a microfiber cloth.





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lsujro
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re: Love bugs on truck
I second wet dryer sheets. I use the ones from the laundry on wet car. Works like gangbusters


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ELLSSUU
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re: Love bugs on truck
I hear y’all on the Dryer sheets but No. They are abrasive and will leave micro scratches on your paint. You won’t notice them after a time or two, well I would, but the car surface will need to be repaired. It’s costly and time consuming and unnecessary.

The only real answer here is that the vehicle requires proper preparation and protection and maintenance. If it’s sealed, and that doesn’t necessarily mean ceramic coating, then a easy car wash and wipe will knock them right off. Now you cannot leave them sitting in your car for weeks no matter what. But Dryer Sheets NO. You shouldn’t need Bug and Tar remover either. Hope that your using a wax after spraying that stuff all over your paint otherwise you are just making the next bug stick even worse. If you need all that stuff you haven’t kept your maintenance up on the car.

Sometimes if I’m doing a long road trip I’ll use a Griots product called Bug Barricade but it’s not designed to be on a car for more than 24 hours.
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BiggerBear
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re: Love bugs on truck
Dryer sheets work because of their texture. Love bugs are basically water soluble. You don't need any special cleaner. Just spray them down with a hose, keeping them wet for about 10 minutes and any textured wiping medium will take them off easily. I use a sponge with a net type "scrubbing" outer shell. I have also used dryer sheets.


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Ncook
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re: Love bugs on truck
Get a spray bottle.
Fill half way with hydrogen peroxide and half water.

Bugs turn white and start to dissolve.

Wipe off with wet rag or sponge

I spray front end, windshield and side mirrors.

Will not work on bugs that have sun baked on for days.

Try this, IT WORKS


ELLSSUU
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re: Love bugs on truck
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hydrogen peroxide


Also removes the wax/sealant on your car so you will need to follow up with a wax/sealant.

quote:

Dryer sheets work because of their texture.


Guess what that texture also etches while it scratches the big guts off the bumper?

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LSU316
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re: Love bugs on truck
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don't use dryer sheets or engine degreaser on your paint!


I've done it for 10 years on 5-6 different vehicles....never damaged clear coat or paint a bit.


lsujro
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re: Love bugs on truck
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I've done it for 10 years on 5-6 different vehicles....never damaged clear coat or paint a bit.



same here. definitely not causing any more damage than a typical drive thru car wash, which most people have decided is worth the potential risk for convenience (me included)


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WhyMan
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re: Love bugs on truck
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. You won’t notice them after a time or two, well I would, but the car surface will need to be repaired. It’s costly and time consuming and unnecessary.


He said love bugs on a "truck" not a Lamborghini or a Maserati.


LSU999
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re: Love bugs on truck
Use spray wax before driving. They come off easy with water.


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ELLSSUU
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re: Love bugs on truck
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He said love bugs on a "truck" not a Lamborghini or a Maserati.


Could be a 1974 Ford Pinto, truck or Maserati. Doesn’t matter less time spent to do the job right the first time.

A simple wax/sealant job on front end takes 10 minutes and lasts 2-3 months. Bugs will wash right off.

Dryer sheets take that long every time and are abrasive and remove any wax/sealant on the vehicle making the next bug stick worse. The OP asked a question. I assumed the OP wanted the real answer not grandma & grandpas wise tale.


WhyMan
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re: Love bugs on truck
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A simple wax/sealant job on front end takes 10 minutes and lasts 2-3 months. Bugs will wash right off.

Why didn't you just tell him that in the first place, instead of going on a dryer sheet diatribe? lol


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