Bird poo can leave a horrible mark on your car's bodywork if you leave it long enough. Autoglym research suggests that bird poop disrupts the paint lacquer which then moulds itself to the uneven texture of the secretion, creating that discoloured look that can spoil even the nicest paint job.
Avoid spoiled paintwork with a proper bird poop remover, we've found the best and listed them below so you know you're getting a decent product.
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Autoglym Bird Dropping Wipes
The best bird dropping car wipes
Disposable wipes seem to be the most logical response to removing bird poo. Drape one of these wipes (there are 10 in the pack) over the offending poo, leave it to soak for a couple of seconds and simply wipe away. All you then have to do is dispose of the wipe.
These are ideal for keeping in your glovebox for catching any fresh deposits that can occur as you drive around. On the downside, it's no good for older, hardened droppings. It's still our top choice, however, for how simple and effective it is.
|• Perfect for use on the go||• Wipes aren’t the most eco-friendly option|
|• Good value for money||• No good on hardened poo|
Poorboys Bird Dropping/Poo/Sh#t Remover
The best bird poop remover spray
Bird dropping remover spray may not be as versatile as wipes, but it is more powerful and effective against older, hardened bird droppings. This product from Poorboys is incredibly effective against all sorts of poops and should have it dislodged in a couple of seconds. On the downside, you do need to bring your own towel to wipe away the poop. Poorboys recommends a microfibre towel, so be sure not to use that particular towel until you've given it a good wash first.
|• Powerful on all types of poo||• You need a microfibre cloth|
Simoniz Insect and Bird Dropping Remover
The best bird poo removers for insect deposits too
This spray from Simoniz is designed for more than just bird poo, it will also lift bead insects as well as grime. It's in effect a pre-wash that helps dislodge these deposits. It's suitable for all exterior surfaces and contains active ingredients so it works quickly at lifting the bird poo.
|• Doubles as a multi-purpose cleaner||• You’ll need a cloth|
|• Easy to rinse off|
Caraselle Bird/Spider Poo Remover
The best bird poo removers for spiders too
Everyone knows how irritating bird poop can be but did you know that spider droppings can be just as irritating. They often take the form of little black spots that are difficult to remove and leave little marks.
This spray deals with both of these and is also eco-friendly. It's non-toxic and the plastic is recycled, but the best part is that it can be used on a massive range of surfaces, including fabrics.
|• Cleans spider poo too||• You need a microfibre cloth|
|• Eco-friendly formula|
Bird dropping remover FAQs:
How do I remove bird droppings?
The best way to remove bird droppings is to do it as quickly as possible. You'll have the best chances when the bird poo is fresh and hasn't hardened in the sun. Each product is different in how long you leave it on the bird poop before you start wiping.
How can I stop birds pooing on my car?
While there is no guaranteed way to stop a bird from doing its business all over your car, there are a couple of little tips to limit the chance they have.
The first thing you can do is ensure your car is parked away from tall objects that birds enjoy perching on. This includes trees, lamp posts, buildings and even overhead wires. It appears that these areas are all designated toilets for birds.
Also, try as much as you can to park your car under a cover. A garage or carport is ideal, but a good car cover will also keep your paint safe from a bird's number two.