My truck is parked right under a power line at home so consequently it gets bird poop on it every day. I have read that the poop contain uric acid which is harmful to paint. I went looking for ways to remove it as quickly and safely as possible. Here is what I found out:
To clean dry bird poop that has been on your car since the Reagan administration, soak a microfiber cloth in a vehicle-safe cleaning solution – ask your local body shop for recommendations, if needed – and leave the cloth on the stain for 15 minutes. Gently rub it away, repeating the task on seriously stubborn bird poop stains.
Once you’ve cleaned all the bird droppings off, smooth out your vehicle’s paint with a clay bar or a small amount of polish, buffing it to match the rest of the vehicle.
Seltzer Water or Club Soda NOT COKE or PEPSI
Semi-fresh bird poo can be easily wiped away with a microfiber cloth and some seltzer water. The carbonation from the seltzer water helps to break down the poop’s natural acidic qualities. Splash some on the fresh stuff, let it sit for a few minutes, and swipe it all away in one quick Karate Kid motion.
Specialty Bird Poop Wipes
Made of biodegradable, composite bamboo materials, Drop Wipes do an admirable job of ridding your vehicle of birds’ unsightly turds. The company’s patented cleaner neutralizes the acid in the poop, allowing you to simply swipe and go. If you frequently park under trees or near ponds, be sure to keep a pack in your glove compartment.
Car Detailer Spray
The best tool to prevent wrinkled etching caused by bird poop is a specialty car detailer spray. A few spritzes will dissolve bird droppings in seconds, and a moist cloth or towel will remedy bird poop etchings and stains completely. The biggest benefit of using car detailing spray is that it won’t harm your vehicle’s paint or wax coating – that’s its purpose, right? – But rather restore its shine.
If you didn’t know, baking soda is pretty awesome. Not only does it deodorize fridges and clean your teeth, but it also helps to remove bird poop from cars. A simple mixture of baking soda (2 tablespoons), dish soap (a teensy squirt) and hot water, spritzed from a spray bottle onto the droppings and left to soak for 10 minutes, should clear off most of the stingy bird crud. Rinse with a hose and repeat.
Did you know that the amazing, multipurpose WD-40 spray can be used to clean off dry bird poop? It’s true! In about the time it takes for Thanos to snap his fingers, WD-40 will loosen dry bird droppings, enabling you to eliminate stains with a single wipe or rinse from the hose. Plus, you won’t need to get your hands dirty! (Check out WD-40’s additional 200-plus automotive uses too.)
Get Help from a Professional Car Detailer
In the case of a really disgusting bird-poop bombing, it may be in your best interest to let a pro detail your car. After a thorough wash, wax, and polish, your vehicle will look brand new.
Now I have the tools to keep the paint clean and safe from bird poop acid etching. If I could only convince the city to bury the street light power line all this would not be necessary. I love all of God’s creation, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be somewhat annoying.