How Long Before Pigeon Poop Damages Your Car?

How Long Before Pigeon Poop Damages Your Car?

Pigeon Poop

So, How Long Before The Pigeon Poop Damages Your Belongings? High rated auto detailers say waiting too long to remove bird droppings and bugs from your car can lead to serious damage to the car’s paint job.

Imagine pulling out of the car wash — feeling good that you finally washed the winter salt and grime away — and: “Splat.” A bird poops on your car.

That momentary clean car feeling suddenly turns sour. If your car is a lightning rod for bird byproducts, try not to let it get you down in the, well, dumps. Highly rated auto detailers say it’s important to take a proactive approach and quickly wash away the poop and other harmful objects such as bugs and tree sap.

Damage Your Car Paint

Aside from the fact bird poop is gross to look at — especially a car covered in it — it can be extremely damaging to your car’s paint job. If left untreated, bird poop and bugs can penetrate your car’s clear coat protective layer.

“Bird poop and bugs have acid and can burn through the clear coat in as little as 48 hours,” says paint experts “Waiting too long can burn the clear coat and paint surface all the way to the metal. It increases when it’s hot outside [because the poop can warm up and harden on the paint] and is not as bad in the winter.”

Another reason bird poop can be so damaging is because some birds swallow gravel, which helps them digest food. The tiny gravel bits in the feces can scrape the surface of the car when wiped away.

Bugs, meanwhile, interact in a similar way with paint. They also have chemicals that can eat through the clear coat and cause damage. Bugs can collect by the dozens on cars, especially during long highway trips.

“The clear coat will eventually start to lift at different points,” says Mark Ellis, owner of highly rated Jewel Auto Care in Manassas, Va. “You’ll see scars and little patches where the clear coat has been damaged. Once the clear coat starts lifting, there’s really no way to stop it.”

Paint and clear coat damage can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,000 to repair.

Wash Your Car Regularly

Ellis recommends a car wash once a week to remove poop and bugs; McKay recommends one at least every two weeks. It’s also important, Ellis says, to wax your car two to three times a year, especially between seasons such as winter and spring when road salt tends to collect. The wax provides a layer of protection for the clear coat.

But if you can’t get to the car wash, Ellis recommends keeping a bottle of water and a microfiber rag in the car to quickly wipe away animal waste and other debris. “If you see something that shouldn’t be there, wiping it off with water will help protect your paint,” he says.

A basic car wash runs anywhere from $5 to $10, while a deluxe wash can cost $10 to $20. A professional wax job will generally cost $50 to $95.



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