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Old 05-17-2019, 11:11 AM
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I don't know if it's the angle of the front end, or just I happened to drive during a very "buggy" season, after recent 1000 mile trip, my front end was completely covered in bugs. I've never had anything like this before and I drove up and down I-90 and 95 few times in the past.
I was running from place to place so I wasn't able to get it washed until about a week later, was that the cause of unremovable dead bug collection on my front end?

What do you guys use to remove bugs without damaging the paint?
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You might try soaking some large towels in water and then lay them across the front end of the vehicle. Soak the bugs until they soften up. Then wash as normal.

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Old 05-17-2019, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by jahummel View Post
You might try taking some large towels that have been soaked in water. Lay them across the front end of the vehicle and soak the bugs until they soften up. Then wash as normal.
+1. Like for all things stuck on.
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Waxing the car helps a lot. I re-wax front only 3-5 times in a bug season, while the rest of the car done twice a year.
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I can tell you the turtle wax bug and tar remover has not worked well for me, although some people rave about it.

Iíll have to try the Garretís garage
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*Groits garage
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*Griot's Garage
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I have standard procedure that works pretty well for me and is not as labor intensive as the bug and tar compounds (not tried it on an Audi as mine is still awaiting shipment at Emden) but have used it on many other vehicles

1) Park grill where it will be in the shade for at least 30 minutes and wait for it to cool it it is hot.
2) Apply a good strong spray detergent to the affected areas (only) - I use "409"
3) Be sure to wet thoroughly and use on a cool surface only
4) Allow to stay on the surface for about 30 minutes, respray during that time if it starts to dry
5) If you have a pressure washer, wash on the lowest setting (higher may damage things so care and judgement are required). If not, a good strong hose stream is next best.
6) Wipe stubborn spots with more detergent spray and a rag and re-rinse.

That should get most of the bugs - only the remaining few stubborn ones might need spot treatment with a solvent based product like bug and tar, etc.
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I belong to a Corvette Forum, and there was a topic about the love bug problem there. Many said they use dryer sheets, dipped in a bucket of water, to remove them.
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