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How to get bird poop off your car

It can damage your paint, so work fast to remove bird droppings from your car as soon as possible

Shortly after cleaning your car. Sod's Law dictates that one of two things will happen – one, it will rain, or two bird will come along and poo on it. The former isn't so bad, but the latter will at least leave a stain, and at worst do permanent damage to your car's paintwork, so you need to get bird poop off your car as soon as possible.

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If you can, clean the bird droppings before they dry out, as it'll be easier to remove them. Even if the poop does dry, it's important to remove it as soon as you see it on car paint, because if the bird droppings dry out, they could damage the paint. Use your usual cleaning products to shampoo the area clear - don't be tempted to use washing up liquid, as this will strip the paint of its protective coatings.

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A car shampoo will also have ingredients that are designed to protect car paint, helping to prevent bird poo from doing damage in the future. We would recommend waxing your paint after you've suffered a bird poo strike. This will restore the lustre of your paint, and give added protection from future dropping incidents, too.

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If you have bird poo on your windows, that will be easy to remove. A glass spray will contain vinegar, which will help lift the droppings quickly and easily and leave a streak-free finish. Watch out for the window rubbers, though, as bird poo can leave creamy grey stains on them. Again, a black plastic and rubber restorer will bring them back to their best.

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If you leave bird poo on your paint, it will probably eat through the lacquer to the paint below. The nitrogen in bird poo - or bird lime as its' often called - is corrosive, especially on modern-day water-based car paintwork. If you fail to get the poo removed before it's caused damage, then you'll have to repair the paint.

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You could try T-Cut or a similar colour polish to blend the affected area back in using circular motions, as this should do enough to remove the marks. If not, a more thorough paint repair kit can be used, or you could call out a Smart repair expert to get the paint on your car smooth and matched for colour.

What are your top tips for cleaning bird poo off your car and, even preventing it getting there in the first place? Let us know in the comments...

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