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How carwashes can help with damage from bugs and birds

April 14, 2014
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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Bugs can be particularly detrimental to a vehicle’s exterior, with the chemicals inside of them being able to eat through the paint in a matter of days, according to Kentucky.com.

Bird droppings can also do damage, with the exterior molding to the shape of the dropping after it has hardened, according to the article.

It is good to have your vehicle washed once or twice a week to avoid damage, wrote the author of the article, Angie Hicks, co-founder of Angie’s List.

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Automatic washes are convenient, but Hicks warns that they can cause damage to a vehicle if the brushes are too firm. Hand washes are another options, but bird droppings can cause scratches if not taken care of correctly.

A professional wax job adds an extra layer of protection, and can be a small price to pay for a repair to paint damage, which can be up to around $1,000.

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