Getting rid of fly squash

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  1. peterc10

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    My new motorhome seems to be a magnet for all types of flying insects. :(:(

    What do people recommend for easily getting their remains off the windscreen, bonnet and mirrors please?
     
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    Hi Peter
    The best method I've found is using Tumble Dryer sheets
    I add a couple to a spray bottle and add warm water
    Then spray the water in the offending area and wipe with another Tumble Dryer sheet
    Then remove the residue with normal car wash

    Lifts off flies better than any 'commercial' remover that I've tried.
    Plus it's quick and has instant results

    I carry the spray bottle and sheets in the van and clean off flies whenever I get s build up

    Have used this method on my van since new
     
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    Plenty of cold water is the answer - same as motorcycle fairings and screen and your helmet visors. When the dried on wildlife becomes rehydrated, it comes off almost effortlessly. However it needs a bit of patience whilst it gets absorbed - and the longer they've been squished the longer this takes.

    Don't expect it to be instant.
     
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    Thanks Robert. Never heard of them. Found them now on Amazon. Any particular make? How long do you leave them in the warm water?
     
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    Sounds odd but baby wipes work!:)
     
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    Well I've heard everything now! Heard they were good for keeping mice away from the van ! Obviously make the laundry smell good( well my aldi ones do!) and so keeping squashed flys down!! How on earth did you discover that Rob?!:LOL:

    Ingredients : cat ionic surfactant,non-ionicSurfactant,parfum and Alpha isomethyl ionone
    What the heck is this stuff?
     
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    Had tried a couple of commercial ones from Halfords with little success
    Tried to find a better solution online and Google took me to a video on You Tube
     
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    I just bought some cheap ones from Tesco
    I use them as soon as I've added warm water to the bottle - I use what's in the bottle, then add an extra towel for next time, when I just add a little more warm water
    Works cold straight from the sprayer too
     
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    Wet microfibre cloth gets them off pretty easily. I keep one festering wetly in a plastic bag in the driver's door so I can give the screen a wipe when I'm refuelling.
     
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    Thanks everybody for all the tips. The forum really is worth the subs.

    We didn't have any tumble dryer sheets in the house but we did have some baby wipes for the grandkids and some microfibre cloths.

    So tried rubbing hard with the baby wipes and then wiping dry with microfibre. It worked but was quite slow hard work and I was going through the wipes too fast for my wife's liking. So got some inspiration from all your posts. Got an old spray bottle and put some zip wax shampoo in (got a big tub of that) and then some hot water. Sprayed it with that mixture and then rubbed it with a microfibre cloth. That was easier and quicker. After I had done it I then rinsed off with water and a soft brush. Now looks much better.

    Going to get some tumble dryer sheets when next in shops and see how they work next time.

    Now a question for all you keen detailers out there like @Charlie and @FJmike - have I done any potential damage to my precious????
     
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    What we were talking about @pigginchilli !!!! All useful information :)
     
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    120 grit wet n dry.
     
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    Baby wipes remove any wax or sealants instantly..

    You can get a dedicated screen sealants but i've never been a fan of them . Warm water to soften the muck preferably through a spray bottle then a soft wet microfiber.

    Waxing the frontal area of the vehicles will help greatly as the mess comes of far more easily. Goes without saying that cleaning the mess off ASAP is far easier . (y)(y)
     
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    Hi, we are now using zoflora and eco cleaner for the loo, at least half the price of the special stuff, we are back in england, cant find anywhere to overnite at the northumberland coast, so booked in to a site near morpeth, cant wait to come back to scotland.:)
     
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    It's a bit late to worry about that :whistle:
     
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    I use Autoglym rapid detail spray on dead fies and other assorted suicide insects, seems to lift them off easy.

    And it is a lubricant as you rub them off with a microfibre cloth.

    Martin
     
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    I have used kitchen towel sheets soaked in soapy water laid on the bodywork for ten to fifteen minutes for years on cars, bikes, helmet visors, it softens the dead beasties and they come straight off. Wash as normal afterwords.
     
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    Toughen up Funster!
     
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    Thanks @Charlie . Front and the rest of the van was already waxed with Colinite. Took too long taking the mess off I suspect. Looks like I will need to do it again on the bits that used the baby wipes on, but that won't take long.
     
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    I use their fast wax after washing and I find it leaves a smooth surface where any dead bodies can be easily wiped off with a damp microfibre cloth. Not hard work and no hard rubbing. The surfs e being damp a further light spray gets it ready for next time. Not for use on windscreen though, just microfibre cloth on that
     
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