- Do not use scouring pads. Some say they won't scratch. Yes, maybe that's the case on a pan or plate, but not your paint. They will scratch and dull your paintwork -badly enough to need the area machine polishing or touched up with paint.
- Do not use household cleaning products that you'd normally use to clean the kitchen sink or bath. These products are designed to scrub heavy grime build-up away, and they often contain compounds. Again, these will utterly dull paintwork.
- Do not use oven or hob cleaners. The definition of heavy-duty, these are designed to remove properly stuck and baked-on food and grease. They're extremely powerful, and contain chemicals that'd be extremely detrimental to your car's paint surface.
- Do not use anything not specifically designed for car paintwork. Why run the risk of ruining the look of your paintwork, and having to spend money unnecessarily on having the paintwork corrected, simply from using the wrong products - it's not worth it.
- If you’re already into cleaning your car, and have equipment at your disposal, great. If that’s the case, start off by using snow foam through a pressure washer. Some are more effective than others at removing heavier grime build-up, and those are the ones you want for this job.
- If you don't have a power washer yourself, go to a local garage that has one, and use the hot setting if there is one. This is at a good start as it’ll at least shift some of the lighter, less sticky bug splats. Note; don't use the foam brush at the garage - they're terrible for paintwork!
- After rinsing the car to loosen any dirt and to make it safer for the wash stage, fill a bucket with warm water, add some car shampoo (here's our article on which are best to use), then use a microfibre wash mitt and give the car a good wash
- Next, rinse and then dry the car so it's ready for using the bug remover products Bug removal products There are literally dozens and dozens of bug removal products out there, but obviously some are better than others. UltimateFinish.co.uk has a large selection of good quality bug, tar and tree sap removers, so take a look there. As well as spray versions, there are also automotive wipes designed to make removing bug splats (and more) easy work, and these are a good option as you can simply keep them in the car, plus there's no fuss or mess either. If you're trying to remove bug splatter from glass, sometimes glass cleaner isn't enough, or it'll take forever to remove them, so it's probably best to go with the bug removers you'll use on the paintwork. Always check the manufacturer's description to see what surfaces you can use them on though. After you've finished using these products, some may require you to wash the area where you've used them. Always check the label or description to find this out. Hopefully, the next time a million bugs decide to attack your car, you'll have the stuff ready to do the job of removing them safely and quickly. Written by Chris Davies - an award-winning motoring journalist writing for CarProductsTested.com Photo credits: Bug splats Tam; Snow Foam Ultimate Finish; Wash mitt Jamie Manktelow
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