I road trip some, and go to some shows hundreds of miles away, sometimes driving summer evenings. I use "bug off" or "bugs b gone" to remove them. But I was thinking is there a really slick wax or something I can use before the trip to help protect even better? Saw this but it is for airplanes, not sure if its safe or overkill...
I use frequent coats of Malms pure carnuba wax. You can't buy it in the store, only by phone or the web. It's the best wax I have ever used. Not only will it make the bugs easier to get off, repeated use will make your paint look show quality.
I used to use a film that I applied to the car when I had an open trailer. Took a Florida to Osage Beach Missouri trip and the car was perfectly clean. The film is a normaly used as a temporary glass covering when painting a building. Left no marks. Comes on a roll, was fairly cheap.
Ive heard of PAM too, never heard of it damaging paint though. One thing I did use is a spray can of treatment you can only buy at a Harley Davidson Bike store (or maybe online). Its like a window cleaner, even save for motorcycle windshields and paint. You spray it on and bugs melt off. It leaves a slight film thats not greasy and doesnt show, that pretty much prevents bugs from sticking again for a few days. You just spray it on, let it set a few minutes and wipe it off like detail wax.
PAM cooking spray does work, I have used it for this purpose in the past. I've never experienced any negative consequences with the paint, but I've never left it on the car more than 48hrs. Spay a generous coating on the front facing surfaces (don't forget the side view mirrors and especially the antenna) and when you get to your destination the bug mix will rinse off very easily.
PAM will also work to keep burnt rubber from sticking to your wheel wells or rear quarter panels if you're going to the drag strip or want to do some heavy burnouts. The tire flakes will wash right off.
A rag moistened with Kerosene, applied but not wiped will prevent bugs from hard sticking to the facia. Kerosene will not hurt the finish and wipes off easily.
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"A clear liquid that, once applied to the front of your vehicle, dries completely to form a temporary, protective coating. Helps prevent paint damage from bug kill, insect residue, road contaminants and rock chips. Bug Guard™ is a biodegradable liquid that is safe and easy to use. Simply spray on surface and allow to dry. That's it! Bugs and contaminants stick to coating, not your finish. Great for transporting show cars as well as high traffic trucks, sport utilities, vans, motorcycles, rental cars, fleet vehicles, dealer demos, commercial vehicles, truckers, buses, police cars, fire engines, ambulances, farm equipment and more. Non-flammable, non-toxic and non-corrosive. "
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I have rode my motorcycle from Jacksonville FL to Niagara falls and I cleaned the bugs off with wd-40. Worked well and my paint still looks good. Good for chrome too. I did the trip without a windshield and drove thru miles of hats in n.y.state