Bird droppings are one of the most annoying things that fastidious car owners have to deal with.
However, bird droppings don’t actually “burn” your paint, even if they can be acidic.
When bird droppings land on unprotected paintwork (this is why cars need to be waxed!), they seep into the paint’s “pores”.
As the surface cools, it moulds itself around the bird poop, making it harder to remove.
These “mouldings” make the poop harder to remove and cause what detailers call “etching”.
But apart from etching, here are 3 reasons why you need to remove bird droppings, pronto.
1) REMOVING HARDENED POOP WILL DEFINITELY SCRATCH YOUR PAINT.
If you attempt to apply elbow grease and rub or scrub the hardened stain, you will scratch your paintwork.
This is especially true if the bird droppings in question have more grain (such as seeds) than liquid.
If the poop has hardened, you will need to soften it up first.
After making sure the surface has cooled, use lots of quick detailer to soften the bird droppings.
Or, use a pressure washer to blast it away after it has been soaked with water.
If you don’t have a pressure washer, wet the surface and apply car shampoo directly on it before removing it.
2) YOU WILL NEED TO POLISH YOUR CAR.
Even if you remove hardened bird poop without scratching your paintwork, there is the etching to deal with.
This stain will only disappear after you have properly polished your car.
That means washing, claying and then polishing before waxing.
Even if your car has a ceramic coating, you need to remove the bird poop before it can seep into the protection.
3) STOP THE SPREAD OF DISEASE.
Obviously, bird droppings are filthy. If you leave it on your car, it will attract flies and other pests.
And if you have kids, you wouldn’t want to risk them touching (or attempting to taste) it!