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  • May 07, 2011 09:07 AM - 5458 Views
    BigAlBre Anybody have a solution for love bug problem in florida? I know WD40 has thousands of uses..... will it harm paint?

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  • Crazyhorse Rod Shop Rides Ads Info Website - bluff dale, Texas
    May 07, 2011 09:31 AM
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    if paint is waxed it cleans easily. i keep canuba wax on the front of my brides 300 for that reason.

    wd40 is not for using on paint.  it is for dispersing water .

  • blade58 Rides Info - apopka, Florida
    May 07, 2011 09:46 AM

    As Shine said Keep it waxed well and wash it it off as soon as possible the same day

  • Ghengis Rides Info - schofield, Wisconsin
    May 07, 2011 10:00 AM

    the harley shop has some pretty cool stuff for cleaning bugs wizards is good too

  • 1carguy Rides Info - pleasanton, California
    May 07, 2011 10:04 AM

    Way back in the old days when we couldn't afford a paint job, we would wash down our old cars with WD40 and they would look great for nearly a week!

  • Crazyhorse Rod Shop Rides Ads Info Website - bluff dale, Texas
    May 07, 2011 10:07 AM
    Crazyhorse Rod Shop

    and the painter would go up beside your head .............. 

  • TYCHOOCHOO Rides Info - mount sinai, New York
    May 07, 2011 01:50 PM

    Don't drive it. Problem solved

  • da34guy Rides Info - marlow, Oklahoma
    May 07, 2011 01:57 PM

    Yep Al,   either don't drive it or DTPOOI and don't look @ the front end when yer done.

    NO WD40 !

    Maybe Windex

  • SAM1951 Rides Info - trussville, Alabama
    May 07, 2011 02:00 PM

    DTBOOI..................Drive The Bugs Off OfI It !!   smiley

  • 32Canuck Rides Info - victoria bc, Canada
    May 07, 2011 02:47 PM

    Oil field workers used to use COKE as in Coke-a-Cola not the white stuff for yer nose to take the bugs off the trucks etc.

  • maniac Rides Info - bethel, Connecticut
    May 07, 2011 05:19 PM

    Coke or Pepsi for that matter contain phosphoric acid, definitley NOT for use on paint, actually Pepsi makes a good paint stripper........try it

  • lenbeal Rides Info - harrogate, Tennessee
    May 07, 2011 06:01 PM

    Back in the day my dad used Keroseen on his model A to make it shine. would last about a month. This was back in the 30,s.. Love bugs Good wax and elbow grease, always works...

  • BigAlBre Rides Ads Info - palm harbor, Florida
    May 07, 2011 09:01 PM

    I washed it twice today.... when I got to the show and when I got home...

  • dixie Rides Info - dade city, Florida
    May 07, 2011 11:18 PM

    I think windex has amonia in it .

  • g mobley Info - athens, Georgia
    May 08, 2011 08:19 AM

    Old fellow  told me they used to take an old car with  chalked up paint  and slather used motor oil on it and let it sit in the hot sun for a while then give it a good wash job .


    Used motor oil  worked real well for  Dog Mange   too  . . . . .    wink

  • Willys33 Rides Info - alamogordo, New Mexico
    May 08, 2011 10:50 AM

    Love Bug???

  • sach Rides Info - cana, Virginia
    May 08, 2011 11:06 AM

        If you don't know what love buge are, drive through Florida during May and April and you'll soon find out.  Years ago, Floridians used something like car bras to protect them during those months, along with screens placed in front of the grille to keep them off the radiator and condensor.    BigAl ,  do you have a photo of those critters you can post to show those folks who are unaware of what they are ?

  • Willys33 Rides Info - alamogordo, New Mexico
    May 08, 2011 12:18 PM

    Found a picture of a lovebug.  See my last post (Herbie)!  Best protection I can think of is a large import tariff!

  • tazhog54 Rides Info - wingate, North Carolina
    May 08, 2011 12:28 PM

    Before washing your car or bike, spray on some 409 and let it sit for a few minutes and do it in the shade! Make sure it's not hot ! the vehicle!  Go over it with a sponge or one of those bug sponges that are soft and  a little pressure and the dried on bugs just wash right off and it doesn't hurt the paint !  Been doing it for years and never had no problems !

  • amswuod1 Rides Info - union, Kentucky
    May 08, 2011 01:17 PM

    When I lived down there, used to use pam spray cooking oil on the front of the motorhome.

    Washed off the bugs off easy enough with normal car wash materials.

    Not sure I would use it on a car attached to this website though...............

    Bob D.

  • gman0046 Rides Info - panama city beach, Florida
    May 08, 2011 04:14 PM

    How far north in Florida do the love bugs travel. I haven't seen them in the Pan Handle yet. When I lived in Houston they were there.

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  • g mobley Info - athens, Georgia
    May 08, 2011 05:02 PM

    Question . . . . ?    Are those love bugs any kin to the South Georgia Knats  ????????

    If they are , I was told by old folks  ( hell , I'm old )    to tie a Dog's Butt  around your waist to keep 'em out of your face .  In a car I guess you would  tie it to your front bumper .


    Gettin back to the " mange cure " .  I think they added a little sulpher to the mix of burnt motor oil .  Glad I ain't a dog .

  • g mobley Info - athens, Georgia
    May 08, 2011 05:17 PM

    This fellow  ( or girl )  was enjoying himself at Knoxville yesterday .  


    I don't think he had the Mange .


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  • woossh Rides Info - abilene, Texas
    May 08, 2011 05:18 PM

    Panty hose, soap & water. Won't hurt the paint. Here's a real mess. Drove about 100 miles today and ran into a swarm of bees. Now that is a gooey mess.

    Thank goodness I had just waxed it sodows. will come off easily, 'cept the win

  • Indian113 Rides Info - monroe, Iowa
    May 08, 2011 05:50 PM

    Here's a trick I use on my Harley's,wet a towel-wring out most of the water so it's moist -lay it on the bugs and as it drys in the sun it'll lift the bugs off the paint. 

  • Buddy g Info - monticello, Kentucky
    May 08, 2011 09:17 PM

    Al we used to spray pam on front of our semis.  washed off with water hose.  In the 70s would stop at 76 truck stop in Slidle La. buy $20. fuel. Got windows & bug screen over rad. cleaned. 

  • TYCHOOCHOO Rides Info - mount sinai, New York
    May 09, 2011 09:16 AM

    I remember driving from Ft. Myers, FL to West Palm Beach across Route 80. Route 80 goes through all the orange groves and sugar cane fields in the middle of the state. Had to stop half way and scrape the windshield. Then when I reached the son's house I had to wash the car and got most of them off (good wax). The problem was coming back at night. Now you had all the rest of the different bugs some the size of dimes. You could hear them hit the windshield. Returning home in the middle of the night I wasn't going to wash the car then. So by morning they were really stuck on. I had to use compound to remove them. Not a job I was looking forward to but it worked. I was able to see the real color of the car again. Used about a half a bottle of Windex on the glass.

  • APLUS Rides Info - austin, Texas
    May 09, 2011 01:31 PM

    Dixie, if a person wants to use Windex, you can buy it ammonia-free or not.


  • blade58 Rides Info - apopka, Florida
    May 10, 2011 08:58 AM

    Rain X on the glass helps cleaning them off the windsheild

  • dixie Rides Info - dade city, Florida
    May 10, 2011 11:28 AM

    Speaking from exp do not leave the pam on the car to long are u will work your a## off removeing it. I found baby oil wprks pretty good washes off real easy with hose, but it will blow back on the body used it on the big truck worked better than anu thing else,an i been fighting them since they started in florida.

    Here is a pictue of the orginal florida love bug
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  • Crazyhorse Rod Shop Rides Ads Info Website - bluff dale, Texas
    May 10, 2011 11:32 AM
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    bugs are biodegradable. nothing but soap and water will cut them. applying solvents only makes it worse.

  • jgregory21 Rides Info - blanchester, Ohio
    May 10, 2011 07:26 PM

    My Dad use to use paste wax, but not for a Show Car. This has been many Moons ago in Fla. I found out that Rain X works fine on Window Glass

    I used to use Pledge, but they took off the market, the kind I used.. It was the type used for furniture & glass. We don't have as many bugs in Ohio, that they have in Fla. May, June, July & August is the worst for us.

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  • Willys33 Rides Info - alamogordo, New Mexico
    May 10, 2011 07:56 PM

    I notice the bugs are attracted to the FRONT of the car and the windshield.  Several options are: use a trunk lid for the hood, back around during love bug season, use AS2 glass on the windshield or move to New Mexico.

  • da34guy Rides Info - marlow, Oklahoma
    May 10, 2011 08:20 PM

    Love bug --- schmug bug,

    who cares,

    Get out and DTOOPI and enjoy it.

    Hell, I have a problem with bugs

    At the end of a 250 -500 miles days, I usually gotta pick em outta my teeth

    Cause I've been smilin all day, enjoyin the trip.

  • amswuod1 Rides Info - union, Kentucky
    May 15, 2011 07:59 AM

    For those who may not have ever seen them, check this out..

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  • g mobley Info - athens, Georgia
    May 16, 2011 08:37 AM

    Can you imagine riding through a herd of those things at night on a Motorcycle  without a face shield  ?   indecision

  • blade58 Rides Info - apopka, Florida
    May 16, 2011 09:56 AM

    They are not a problem at night,seems like from 11;00am- 4:00 pm is prime time At least in my part of town if your in Orlando its not a problem till you leave the city going to the country roads

  • TYCHOOCHOO Rides Info - mount sinai, New York
    May 16, 2011 10:04 AM

    Hey Jim, where did you get the picture of my wife?

  • dixie Rides Info - dade city, Florida
    May 19, 2011 03:38 PM

    Hey Mobley they don't come out at night ,Choo Choo i can't disclose where i met her .Went to the east coast this pass weekend was ok till we got to the bee line exp east of orlando Bam we hit em all the way over then.They moved the awards inside on sunday afternoon because the were swarming so bad,we left about 5:30 hit a few but not bad all the way home.O well all u have to do is wash um off same car when u get done.

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