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Old 05-12-2012, 06:29 PM   #1
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removing bugs from 2012 Focus outside mirrors

Anyone have any good suggestions for how to remove bugs that are plastered to the outside reareview mirrors. Apparently with this design of mirror, they tend to accumulate pretty quickly.

Something that won't scratch the mirror housing or remove the paint/clearcoat?


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Old 05-12-2012, 07:17 PM   #2
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i use Rain-X bug and tar remover when I'm washing my car with a bug sponge, it works really well.
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i use Rain-X bug and tar remover when I'm washing my car with a bug sponge, it works really well.
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I will tell you what not to use-citrus sticker remover. The wound is still fresh. I generally make good decisions; this, however, was not one of them.

I sprayed liberally on the front of my car and mirrors before pulling into a car wash assuming that the few seconds it would be on would just assist the bug removal and not damage the plastic. I was wrong.

I haven't figured out how to get the plastic back to black, even using a product with that exact name. I guess a new set of mirror housings will be in my future...
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^what wrong with the trim? Is it white? Or...



Bug sponges are truly a horrifying invention...
OP; when you wash the car next, take a cloth and leave it soaking wet draped over the mirror. Basically let the bugs soak like you would a dishpan with burnt on food in it.
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^what wrong with the trim? Is it white? Or...
Yeah, they turned to a speckled charcoal-grey. I've used Back-to-Black before on my Jeep parts with mediocre results, but it did nothing at all for the plastic on the mirrors. Oddly, the label remover didn't phase the little corner piece in front of the mirror mount, or anything else for that matter. I guess I should be happy about that...
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OP-When you do get the bugs off, I would recommend a few coats of Pledge (following your normal wash/wax routine, naturally). It sounds odd, but you will practically be able to hose off the bugs afterwards.
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You kidding? Pledge?! The furniture wax? I'd be careful if I were you.
http://www.autopia.org/forum/car-det...ng-pledge.html

That'll never touch my paint. Doing a little research it seems to me it offers no long term protection and quite honestly I don't see how it could be any better than a coat of any of the other of the waxes actually made for automobiles.

The strategy to make it easy to clean up is two fold:
1. Clean it off ASAP. As soon as you get to your destination.
2. Keep your car well sealed and waxed.

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Yeah, they turned to a speckled charcoal-grey. I've used Back-to-Black before on my Jeep parts with mediocre results, but it did nothing at all for the plastic on the mirrors. Oddly, the label remover didn't phase the little corner piece in front of the mirror mount, or anything else for that matter. I guess I should be happy about that...
There's a dye called Forever Black that will permanently really dye it. It does work.

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I usually just wash them off a little at a time while I'm washing the rest of the car. I little light scrub with my microfiber mitt, let it soak... A little scrub... Let it soak... A little scrub...

It does help that I wash my car every week by hand and use some quick detailer on the hood and mirrors after washing her
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There's a dye called Forever Black that will permanently really dye it. It does work.
Thanks for the tip, I put some on order. Hopefully it saves me from having to buy new mirrors.

As for the Pledge, everyone has their thing. I've been using it for many years, more especially when it's bug season and I'm going to be taking a trip on the Interstate, or when there is paving going on on my typical route to work. I've never had paint problems, but I also follow a pretty strict wash/wax routine.
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