Splattered Fly Removal

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  1. callumwa

    callumwa Read Only Funster

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    I've just been out cleaning the van after 2 weeks on the road.

    Has anyone some top tips to help remove the splattered flies who choose to throw themselves onto the front of the van, especially on the front of the Luton, whilst I was driving.

    They are sticky little bu**ers to get off tonight.....:cry:

    Thanks.
     
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    They tend to weld themselves on!

    Hi

    This last trip to France we collected a great many squished beasts.

    I have tried various bug removers before from tesco (there are other supermarkets) Auto Glym and Turtle.

    But to tell the truth hot soapy car wash water and a good brush is the best.

    Enjoy the scrub ...... :Blush:

    Terry
     
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    That's what I have been doing for the last hour and a half...:cry:

    I feel like a right dirty old srubber now.......:Blush::Blush:
     
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    WD 40 !! About the ONLY thing I would use the stuff for....

    A trick bikers use is to wet newspaper.
    Soak a news paper in water
    Place wet newspaper on area that wants cleaning have a cuppa and then go back a while later peel off the paper and wipe of the bugs :thumb:
     
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    A trick bikers use is to wet newspaper.
    Soak a news paper in water
    Place wet newspaper on area that wants cleaning have a cuppa and then go back a while later peel off the paper and wipe of the bugs :thumb:[/QUOTE]

    I used to do that on the visor on my bike lid, just leave it to soak in soapy water for 30 mins, the bugs just fell off then.
    Bit harder though with the front of the Luton Roof, it just will not fit in my bucket...:Doh:
     
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    Easiest method I have found is to take an old bath towel soak in warm water and place over the flies, dampen once again leave for a while, the flies should now come off with no problems.
    If you still have problems redo leaving slightly longer
     
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    Onedrywash works. You might have to spray onto both the van and the cloth and use some elbow grease but the marks come off eventually.
     
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    scrub pads

    I have 3 different scratch pads. I start out with the softest foamy one making sure that I don't do any damage. I go to more coarse pads if I can get away with it. Some paintwork seems to let me take quite a tough approach; other areas need a more gentle strategy.
     
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    Jaws is 100% correct, you do have to re-hydrate the roadkill ! Then it wipes off NP and you just wash the surface after. Pete gets 'Blue roll' which is sort of like downmarket kitchen roll and we always used dripping wet, either of them, on the helmets and the leathers.

    The main prob though is reaching the luton whilst away in the van - until you get home and can use the steps. The Frenchman parked next to us had his stepladder on his bike-rack (4 bike carrier, only 2 bikes and the ally steps!) and also went on his roof and cleaned the solar panel twice in a week. Changed their shoes for their slippers every time they went in the van - it was like living next door to that woman in Under Milkwood - "and mind the sun wipes its feet before it comes in" ! LOL
     
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    We collected loads of squishy things over the Easter break.

    I had about an inch of Kitchen CIF left in a bottle, we filled it up with water and sprayed the front of the van with it. Left it to soak in for a while then it was rinsed off. Came up clean as a whistle without any effort really. No effort for me at all really as it was Geo that did it.:Wink:
     
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    I run my own car valeting business and have tried all sorts of products cheap and expensive, the best product I have found is AutoSmart G101 (available from AutoSmart or usually can be found on Ebay) it is a non caustic cleaner that you can dilute down to various degrees and cleans virtually everything very good on interior plastics the missus loves it on bathroom tiles, mist it over the front of the vehicle bug residue comes right off either when pressure washed or rubbed with sponge etc

    Dave
     
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    Wet towel is the bikers preferred method...................:thumb:

    Anything else is just laziness, especially anything mildly caustic or abrasive. Use a scouring pad of any description, and while it may look good when you've cleaned it, you're storing up more problems in the future.
     
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    A couple of times i have seen French campers arrive on a site in Spain with a zillion zapped bugs on the front, and then remove a large strip of a cling film type stuff from the luton, leaving it looking good as new. Good idea for the long trips
     
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    Thats a good idea. Might try that this year when i head South:thumb:
     
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    The man that knows how to do it properly! Well done!

    I cringe at hearing about people using all these cif, scratch pads etc whenever flies come up.

    G101, spary on and wipe straight off. The chemical eats body fat, so wear gloves:thumb:
     
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    The wasps do it for me ! That's because I am a Lazy person ( for person read bastard !!)

    :Rofl1: :Rofl1: :Rofl1: :Rofl1: :Rofl1:
     
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    Try AutoGlym Powermax 3.
    It is a traffic film remover which works wonders.

    I use it if I am giving the motorhome (or car) a real clean.

    It should be diluted down and added to a wet vehicle by spraying the solution with a garden type pressure spray.

    You must be careful to start at the botom of the vehicle and work upwards as if it should not be allowed to run onto dry paint. If is left on too long it could leave run marks in your paintwork.

    I dilute it to a very weak mixture for the GRP sections of the motorhone as I would rather do it twice than have run marks on the nose.

    This method works a treat....
     
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    The best thing I have found to use on the bike and van is Autoglym Active Insect Remover and Bug Remover.
    Squirt, soak, lightly brush off, job done. :thumb:

    Not sure about newspaper on a visor (?).
    I wet a piece of plenty kitchen roll and leave it for 10 minutes, wipe over visor and flies have gone.
     
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    My wife just allowed me to order 5 ltrs of this off Ebay on the strength of it cleaning her bathroom tiles and shower glass. Hope it works, she's always bollocking me for being a sucker for new gadgets and stuff:RollEyes:
     
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    cling film

    I go with Jim on this one, have done it ourselves with great results, we bought a catering roll of cling film, rolled it on the front of the motorhome before leaving home and voila when we got home just peeled it off along with all the bodies and stains.
    No washing, scrubbing, buying expensive chemicals etc etc.

    Simples :thumb:
     
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