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How to remove bug spatter from nose cone

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by steilkurve, Aug 15, 2015.

  1. steilkurve

    steilkurve Member

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    Back from a road trip that lasted a few days. Cleaned my P85D but I just couldn't remove all the bug spatter from the nose cone. I started with AutoGlym active insect remover followed by a rinse, foaming and then mitt washing. But nothing gives. See attached photo. What would folks reco I try next? Thanks.

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  2. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    I use Griot's Garage bug remover. Works like a charm. Let it soak for a bit.
     
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    Thanks. Have you ever tried it on something like in my photo, ie bug remains that have dried out?
     
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    #4 kevincwelch, Aug 16, 2015
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    That's gonna take something a bit more than bug remover. You might have to clay and polish the area, and that will be taxing given the area. But, try the GG bug remover or Stoners Tarminator. Just be prepared to reapply your wax or sealant.
     
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    I would recommend trying a claybar... I had some tough bugs on it after a road trip, and claybar with a bit of detailing spray after took it right off.
     
  6. steilkurve

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    This is actually the nose cone and so it's plastic. No wax or sealant on it. The clay bar wouldn't affect the finish of plastic would it?
     
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    redi 2013 P85+ with HumanPilot Technology

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    #7 redi, Aug 16, 2015
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    Tips from motorcyclists: 3% drug-store hydrogen peroxide (spray bottle), or bugslide if you want to buy something purpose specific.

    Tips from airplane owners: lemon pledge - good for taking bug remains off wings. Spray it on and let it set a bit, then wipe off.

    I have not personally tried either on the nosecone, but I have used all on the above with good results.
     
  8. steilkurve

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    Thanks. Did you have to treat the plastic after? Did it loose its shine?
     
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    It shouldn't lose its shine -- at least not if those bug guts aren't etched into the plastic a little bit. Either way, that plastic can be polished.

    Here's my nose cone all swirled up and cloudy:
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    Here it is after polishing:
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    Looks great. What'd is you use to polish?
     
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    Very nice polish job!

    BTW, Griot's also sells a small bug washing mitt that fits over 3 fingers and has a waffle texture. This little thing works wonders and cleans up real easy.
    If you are going the clay bar route, I would NOT use a new clay bar, but rather use a bar that was near end of life. Those insect parts will imbed in the clay bar. Don't use a new clay bar for this. A power washer on gentle power and with a wide spray nozzle works well to blast those dead critters off of the facia.
     
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    I will have to use new clay as that's all I have. This is my last solution. Power washing and regular washing haven't succeeded at removing the stubborn remains.
     
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    #13 AndreyATC, Aug 17, 2015
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    I use regular car sponge and hot water
    No soaking, no scrubbing
    Takes seconds
     
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    Menzerna SF4000.
     
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    That will work if it's fresh bug guts... Not etched.
     
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    Since i wait until next car wash, which could be week or two later, it's pretty dry by then
    I dont notice much difference in difficulty between fresh and old
     
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    Once you get it out...get the front end wrapped so you don't have to deal with this again.
     
  18. Joseph Torbati

    Joseph Torbati Local Vendor - NorCal

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    Hi! What your seeing there is combination of acid and enzymes from bugs staining or really bad etching the plastic. You need some abrasive to remove that. By hand you can get OTC Meguiars ultimate compound with a micro fiber and rub it in till gone. You will need to wax or apply a sealant after because that will remove any protection that was there. Hope this helps!
     
  19. steilkurve

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    #19 steilkurve, Aug 17, 2015
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    I plan on trying clay.

    As for wax or sealant, you apply it even on the plastic cone? Unless it was there at delivery, I've never applied any. And the waxes I've used in the past tend to clearly state not to apply on plastic.
     
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    You get your Model S naked, unless it came with the Tesla paint armour, which I think is no longer sold.

    Just about any high quality wax or sealant can be put on the plastic. Which waxes have you used that state not to use on plastic?
     

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