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Trans Am Information => Restoration => Topic started by: TAhuntress on January 22, 2013, 11:53:01 AM

Title: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: TAhuntress on January 22, 2013, 11:53:01 AM
Does anyone have any tips or magic potions for getting the crud (mostly bugs) off of the front bumper of my 77?  I've tried hot water/soap, bug n tar remover (sparingly),  a careful hand with a "scrubby" sponge thingy and lots of elbow grease and cussing.....nothing seems to make a big difference.  Thought someone here might have some pointers for me or some words of caution as to what NOT to try!  This is not a restored/repainted car, 36 year old paint, but it looks pretty darn good.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: TAhuntress on January 28, 2013, 03:38:56 PM
43 people have nothing to say to this?   ;)
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: BAMA TA on January 28, 2013, 05:09:40 PM
This is a tough one. My every day driver is only 3 years old and I cuss every time I have to clean the front bumper. Not sure how much time you're spending on it, but you're doing all the right stuff. I use GUNK Tar and Bug Remover but you have to soak the bugs and let it set up to soften them before rubbing them off. It's always been safe for my paint. The hot water is good to soften them as well. I drove my car about 45 miles home after a fresh repaint and I knew I was going to get bug debris on the way back....sure enough, the front spoiler was covered. If I had driven at night, it would have been a lot worse. These were fresh so they came right off though. Good luck!
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: winks79 on January 28, 2013, 05:36:38 PM
I never use any chemicals like bug and tar remover. Best thing for me is to use baking soda and water. It will not scratch the paint and neutralizes the acid in the bug guts. I keep my T/A waxed really good, that way all I ever have to use to get bugs off mine is quick detailer and they come right off. Since it is original paint, damage is probably already done and you will not get a lot of the stains out without polishing and buffing, but you have to be really careful when doing that.
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: oldskoolubr on January 28, 2013, 07:21:53 PM
X2 on the baking soda method!  Or you could use good ole carbonated water on it!  Make sure it isn't soda water tho bcuz that has sugar in it!  ;)
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: rhino33 on January 28, 2013, 07:44:56 PM
I got this cloth called the KD Cloth at a car show from a vendor, all u have to do is rinse it out good in water and after a few rubs the bugs are gone. no soap or solution just water, its totally amazing on a windshield too
http://www.kdcloth.com/
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: BAMA TA on January 28, 2013, 09:05:13 PM
well, Huntress, at least you got some responses on this now. Sounds like the baking soda and water might do the trick.
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: Grand73Am on January 29, 2013, 10:01:36 PM
The KD cloth looks interesting, although baking soda is a lot cheaper :) . Maybe use the baking soda and water with a micro fiber polishing cloth.
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: TAhuntress on April 01, 2013, 12:47:21 AM
Hey, thanks everyone! Sorry I didn't respond sooner...now I'm the guilty party.   ;)  I actually forgot that I posted this after I'd checked for a few days and had no response.  I really appreciate all the suggestions and will have to try them all....bumpers still a mess.   :( 
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: TAhuntress on April 01, 2013, 12:49:23 AM
I got this cloth called the KD Cloth at a car show from a vendor, all u have to do is rinse it out good in water and after a few rubs the bugs are gone. no soap or solution just water, its totally amazing on a windshield too
http://www.kdcloth.com/

Sounds intriguing...will check into it.  Thanks!!
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: TAhuntress on April 01, 2013, 12:56:55 AM
The KD cloth looks interesting, although baking soda is a lot cheaper :) . Maybe use the baking soda and water with a micro fiber polishing cloth.
True!  I'm trying the cheap fix first, but the magic cloth might be in my future if all else fails.  Thanks for the suggestion...appreciated!   :)
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: Chuckles on April 01, 2013, 01:01:55 AM
WD-40.
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: TAhuntress on April 01, 2013, 01:12:03 AM
X2 on the baking soda method!  Or you could use good ole carbonated water on it!  Make sure it isn't soda water tho bcuz that has sugar in it!  ;)
Ha!  Soda is evil...trying to kick that habit, so I only have carbonated lemon water around now!  Now you've got me thinking....wonder if toothpaste might work or if it's too abrasive.  Thanks for the reply.   :)
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: TAhuntress on April 01, 2013, 01:15:27 AM
WD-40.
THAT sounds like a good suggestion...why didn't I think of that?  On the list.  Thanks!!
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: TAhuntress on April 01, 2013, 01:35:40 AM
I never use any chemicals like bug and tar remover. Best thing for me is to use baking soda and water. It will not scratch the paint and neutralizes the acid in the bug guts. I keep my T/A waxed really good, that way all I ever have to use to get bugs off mine is quick detailer and they come right off. Since it is original paint, damage is probably already done and you will not get a lot of the stains out without polishing and buffing, but you have to be really careful when doing that.
I hear ya on the chemicals.  Especially on that "plastic"...I worry about softening it and making bigger problems than I already have.  I'm not so sure that some of what I'm seeing IS already permanent anyway.  I may just have to live with it until I decide to take the plunge and repaint one day.  One day.  Thanks for your input!
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: TAhuntress on April 01, 2013, 02:00:08 AM
This is a tough one. My every day driver is only 3 years old and I cuss every time I have to clean the front bumper. Not sure how much time you're spending on it, but you're doing all the right stuff. I use GUNK Tar and Bug Remover but you have to soak the bugs and let it set up to soften them before rubbing them off. It's always been safe for my paint. The hot water is good to soften them as well. I drove my car about 45 miles home after a fresh repaint and I knew I was going to get bug debris on the way back....sure enough, the front spoiler was covered. If I had driven at night, it would have been a lot worse. These were fresh so they came right off though. Good luck!
As for the time I'm spending on it....entirely too much imho!!   ;)  I think I may be too overly cautious with the GUNK though...was afraid I'd "melt" the "plastic".  Maybe I'll try some spots that are underneath and not so visible and see if I have better success if I let it "set" a while.   Got to find a cure...this IS S.Central Texas and there are bugs o'plenty year round.  bleh.  Thanks for your kind reply.   :)
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: TAhuntress on April 01, 2013, 02:06:07 AM
well, Huntress, at least you got some responses on this now. Sounds like the baking soda and water might do the trick.
Yep...much appreciated too.  I'll try em all!  The only cleaning I do with a smile...the TA.   :)
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: Driver79 on April 01, 2013, 08:13:22 AM
WD-40.

I saw this on a facebook yesterday.
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: Aus78Formula on April 02, 2013, 05:04:10 AM
Don't use a scouring pad often advertised for this use. All they do is scratch them off and the paint with it. My parents had to respray a hood after they got excited cleaning bugs off it only to find that when dry it looked like it had been vandalised with sandpaper in stripes.
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: TAhuntress on June 02, 2017, 12:18:30 PM
Revisiting this one as I am bringing the freshly painted TA home next week with zero bugs on the front.... until I get 10 feet down the humid buggy Texas highway.  Refreshing my memory as to all these great suggestions.  Again, thanks to everyone who helped me out here.  I may have forgotten to thank each one of y'all one on one.  THANKS!!
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: Johnny ace on June 02, 2017, 04:16:31 PM
I have used a sponge inside nylon netting ( don't know if it has a name)use with water,works great,no scratches ever.Have the car well waxed,and get them off as soon as possible.Good luck.
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: Aus78Formula on June 02, 2017, 09:48:08 PM
You can't stop them, only make it easier to wash off. I'd imagine a highly buffed and waxed finish will repel much better then an older surface.
Title: Re: Advice for debugging bumpers anyone????
Post by: outlaw78 on July 23, 2017, 03:06:49 PM
Dryer sheets. It works awesome. Put a couple sheets into a hand spray bottle of water. Let it soak for a while to get the chemicals into the water. Spray it on and let it sit a minute. Then use another sheet as your bug sponge.