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Old 10-04-2018, 10:19 PM   #1
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What an idiot!

I came back to my 3 week old Mercedes and there was bird crap on the bumper.Since i brought the car i have spent about £400+ on a Karcher and every conceivable detailing product,cloths and buckets etc.I really am looking after the car like my last one.After seeing the crap,without even thinking twice i took a wipe from the boot and started rubbing the mess away.The poo disappeared but in its place was a bunch of swirls!!What was i thinking!So now i need to know will hand polishing get rid of light swirls or do i need a DA and for future reference what is best to get bird crap off.I have heard ONR is good?
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Old 10-04-2018, 10:25 PM   #2
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Don't panic. Unless you really pressed hard against your paint, I doubt you have caused any noticeable marring by wiping it away. Hand polishing will most likely get rid of any marks that are there. If the bird dropping had been there for a while then it may have etched your clear coat slightly. Again, don't panic. Just hand polish away any marks.

Just use supermarket baby wipes and gently lift away the crap with those. If you gind any that are baked on then some warm wet paper towel can be used to soften them up.
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Old 10-04-2018, 10:28 PM   #3
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Don't panic. Unless you really pressed hard against your paint, I doubt you have caused any noticeable marring by wiping it away. Hand polishing will most likely get rid of any marks that are there. If the bird dropping had been there for a while then it may have etched your clear coat slightly. Again, don't panic. Just hand polish away any marks.

Just use supermarket baby wipes and gently lift away the crap with those. If you gind any that are baked on then some warm wet paper towel can be used to soften them up.
It was a wet sip i used(for sensitive skin)lol
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Old 10-04-2018, 10:46 PM   #4
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It'll be fine, even on a lovely new Merc

If you read the wrong posts on DW, you'll start to fear the marring effect the rain is having on your paint.

I was tempted to run outside and cover mine with a duvet when it started hailing the other day


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Old 10-04-2018, 10:49 PM   #5
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Im gunna have to get used to bird crap as the car is not garaged.
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Old 11-04-2018, 10:47 AM   #6
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I once did the same as you on a bonnet, it was a fresh drop but the contents were gritty

I now keep a spray bottle with a jet nozzle in the boot for bird bombs.

Just try to rinse away now so at least it's not lingering till the next wash.
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Old 11-04-2018, 10:52 AM   #7
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A tiny spot of swirls should be doable by hand polishing with Meguiars Ultimate Compound etc.
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Old 11-04-2018, 11:15 AM   #8
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I once did the same as you on a bonnet, it was a fresh drop but the contents were gritty

I now keep a spray bottle with a jet nozzle in the boot for bird bombs.

Just try to rinse away now so at least it's not lingering till the next wash.
I wonder if a little one or two litre hand pump pressure sprayer kept in the boot would be a good weapon against the bird bombs? Even with just water in, it might be enough to blast off the stuff.
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Old 11-04-2018, 11:30 AM   #9
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I keep a bottle of Quick Detailer in the boot for bird bombs and similar. Also a couple of mf cloths and some kitchen paper.

Spray some QD on the bird bomb and hold a folded square of kitchen paper on it for a few seconds to soften, then gently wipe it away.

Always seems to work.



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I wonder if a little one or two litre hand pump pressure sprayer kept in the boot would be a good weapon against the bird bombs? Even with just water in, it might be enough to blast off the stuff.
Mine is just a cheapo trigger spray with water, the grit incident scarred me (as well as the bonnet) so a bit paranoid about touching at all now.
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