During the day I park my car in a surface lot, which makes it vulnerable to the seagulls' refuse attacks. After baking under the Sun all day, their droppings becomes harder than cement and impossible to remove without damaging the paint finish. Even taking the vehicle through the car-wash multiple times doesn't completely remove the stuff! How can I remove seagull droppings from my car without damaging the paint finish? Thanks.
This is a very nice summary of a straight-forward procedure:
- Take a clean microfiber polishing cloth, fold it four ways to create a thick, plush wiping cloth.
- Next, spray one side with your favorite spray detailer, the idea is to hyper-lubricate the entire face of one side.
- Next place it onto the dried bird dropping.
- Wet the cloth with water until the entire cloth is saturated but not to the point where water is running down the hood. The idea is to have plenty of water present to soak into the dried bird dropping.
- Let the wet cloth stand on the dried bird dropping for 5-10 minutes.
- Now, carefully enclose the wet-microfiber around the bird dropping using your hand and fingers , you're trying to carefully bunch-up the microfiber and then LIFT the bird dropping off the paint. Don't simply wipe the bird dropping over the paint.
In conjunction with @Bob's answer, for next time, prevention is even better than cure:
If you can't park undercover, our use a cover on your car, invest some time and money in applying a good polish and wax when you wash your car. Turtle wax will help mess slide off, even after baking in the sun.
Bird droppings will etch your clear coat. Once they've hit the clock is running. Layers of wax will buy you time, but not all day. Assuming paying someone to hover over your car is not an option, it's probably time to invest in a car cover.