Methods for Protecting Your Windshield from Bug Splatters

If you’re like me, you feel bad when a bug explodes on your windshield. If not, you’re simply inconvenienced by the fact you now have a giant splatter mark on your auto glass. No bug is going to crack your windshield, but what they leave behind can make it look unsightly. Not to mention they can cover your grill and hood too. Follow some of these tips to keep your vehicle bug carcass and splatter free.

1.) Apply Car Wax

Applying car wax to your vehicle before bug season can ensure your car will be protected from most bug splatters, at least on the hood and bumper. Not only can a fresh coat of wax protect your car’s paint job, it also deflects bug splatters from coming into direct contact with your vehicle.

2.) Apply Baby Oil

If you’re out of car wax, it doesn’t mean you can’t be protected from bug splatters! One of the alternatives you can utilize is baby oil. Just be sure it is the nonstick, light baby oil. Apply a thin layer to your hood, grille, and bumper. Also, you can apply a layer of baby oil above the windshield as well. This method isn’t going to keep your car splatter free, but it will make the clean-up process much simpler.

3.) Get a Bug Shield

Yes, bug shields are real car accessories. The purpose of the shield is to absorb bug impacts, and they usually send bugs right up over your car. They are relatively cheap to purchase, and can save you both time and money on having to replace windshield wiper blades during bug season.

Protecting your car against bug splatters not only relieves you of the hassle of cleaning it up, but it also greatly reduces the chance of experiencing paint discoloration and windshield blurring. Now that summer is here, utilize these tips to help keep your car bug free!

How to Clean your Headlights

The plastic of our headlights eventually gets dirty and corrodes over time, leaving a cloudy plastic that does not let enough light through. And with something as important as keeping up your visibility on the road, you don’t want to ignore this issue. Keep your headlights clean using a few simple tips.

Use a glass cleaner or soap to wipe down the headlights. Then dry down the headlights completely and tape all around the headlights, with the tape on the paint of the car. Using simple electrical tape here will work.

Once the paint is completely covered, take sandpaper to the entire surface of the headlights. If the tape is laid down correctly, you should be able to really take the sandpaper to the headlight without doing any damage. Use your elbow grease here and completely clean those headlights until you see a noticeable difference. The yellowish grime should be removed.

Next use a nice polish to clean up the scratches from the sandpaper. Use a UV sealant on the headlights next. You need to restore the UV protection that was partially removed in the sandpapering process.

You don’t want to take any risks with your nighttime driving vision. That is why you should keep your headlights as clean as possible at all times.

De-icing Your Windshield

During the winter, drivers all around have trouble with their cars and the snow. One thing we can all agree on is the annoyance of when our windshield is iced over from the night before. Windshield Centers has a few tips to share for how to de-ice your windshield without causing any cracks to the glass.

  • Start your engines!: No we are not racing, but starting your care beforehand can save you a bunch of time. If you do not have the luxury of owning a car starter, you want to manually start your car and make sure the systems “defrost” setting is on for both the front and back windshield. Make sure to have them on midway, as a full blast can cause cracking. While you are getting ready for your day your car will be warming up while the defrosters are taking care of softening the ice.
  • Scrapers: Make sure you have a couple of different scrapers at your disposal. Usually in the trunk or back seat of your car for easy access. One can be specifically for snow,brushes, while the other can be for ice. You want to make sure the scraper designated for ice is made from plastic as this is the best way to get off ice.
  • Solutions: Although we advise to not use hot water, as this cracks the glass, there are a couple of solutions you can make on your own to get rid of ice. One is a saltwater solution, the salt will prevent the water you use to refreeze the windshield while melting the existing ice at the same time. Spray with caution as too much salt can damage glass. The other solution is alcohol based. The chemicals in the rubbing alcohol act the same as salt and melt the ice. With this solution there is no glass damage so you can use it generously.

Always be on the safe side before leaving for your day after a cold night. Make sure that all of the ice has been melted as any remains can obstruct your vision. If you feel like you have removed most of the heavy ice off, use a snow brush or the windshield wipers to whisk away the remaining ice. Remember, safety first!

Four Tips for Cleaning your Auto Glass

With springtime upon us, many drivers will be cleaning their cars to wash away the dirt and grime left over from the winter. If you are washing your car yourself, use these tips to help you properly clean your auto glass.

  • Find an auto glass cleaner. You should avoid glass cleaners that contain ammonia or alcohol because not only are the fumes dangerous, but they can also damage your window tint. Exposure to those chemicals will also damage interior leather or vinyl. Look for a glass cleaner that is safe for tinted windows.
  • Use a glass cleaning towel. Find yourself a high-quality microfiber towel for cleaning your glass. Bad quality towels will only leave streaks on your windows, so you’ll just end up working against yourself. At worst, a bad towel can even scratch your glass.
  • Use long and steady motions when wiping with the microfiber towel. Long back and forth motions ensure that you are completely covering the glass you are working on, and minimizes streaks.
  • Do not clean your windows in the direct sunlight. The sun can dry the water and glass cleaner faster than you can actually clean with it. This causes spots and streaks because you can’t work them out fast enough. Try to clean your windows in the shade if possible.

 

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