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Old 06-16-2021, 10:09 AM   #1
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I just spent five hours cleaning bugs off the front of my 30' 2003 Thor Hurricane after a three-week drive from Arizona to Minnesota. From the curve on the top to the curve under the front, getting the bug bodies off wasn't hard, but almost every one of them left a mark that took considerable scrubbing and cleaner solution to remove and leave a nice white surface.

Is there something that can be sprayed or spread on the surface and windows (and the back and arms of the side mirrors) to prevent bugs from leaving those marks?
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Old 06-16-2021, 10:14 AM   #2
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I use Rejex but also try to remove them each day so they donít get baked on.

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I agree with Cliff. Rejex is easy to apply and makes getting the bugs off really easy! Just be sure to clean them off immediately at the end of the day!
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I keep a good annual coat of Turtle Wax carnuba on the coach, with Aero Cosmetics Wash n Wax All to clean and protect.
Like Cliff says, do it after every drive. Usually it just takes hot water and a wash mitt to "debug" in the campground. A light dry wash with the wash n wax all never hurts either. We've never had anyone complain about this in any campground. Just don't break out the garden hose if they have a "no wash" policy.
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I've used Rejex on the windshield and Meguires Cleaner wax on the diamond shield. Both help keep the "buggers" from sticking but still require water and elbow grease to clean. Like Cliff mentioned, the first thing I do when I stop for the evening is clean the bugs off. If you get them while fresh they do clean easier than if they are baked on for days.
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Might try Pledge...

Believe it or not, pilots use it on the leading edge of airplane wings, works pretty well to help keep bugs from sticking.
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Old 06-16-2021, 11:32 AM   #7
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It doesn't matter what you use, just use something on days where you get a lot of bug build up.

I use just water on my windshield now. I use one of the blue cloth window scrubber bars from Home Depot/Amazon on an extension pole. I scrub the windshield several times, getting it sloppy wet, then I re-wet half of the windshield and use a silicon squeegee, dragging it straight down from top to bottom. I wipe it off before making the next pass. The big windshield really comes out nice.

Once I'm done, I wipe the slopped water and bugs off, below the windshield, with a spray of WashWax/All and then towel it off with a small microfiber rag.

The above sounds like an involved process, but if you're going to clean the bugs off the front, I'm sure you want them off of the windshield too. There are no ladders required and I have the equipment easily available. I can do the above in about 20 minutes, usually, just before the sun sets.

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We always filled a half-bucket with water & cleaning solution; took a squeegee and tackled the front of the motorhome after a day of driving. They come off with no effort. Even done it midday when getting fuel. Never let them accumulate.
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ceramic car coating does make it easier to get them off. as a kid we use to use Pam no stick spray cooking oil, just wipe it on the front areas, it worked good. i'm leaving for 3-4 days and have some Teflon spray lubricant i thought i might try it on a couple test spots.
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I see a common thread connecting most people's method of removing bugs, and it falls in line with any standard cleaning recommendation - deal with spills, stains, and bug spats asap. Pre-wetting to soften the goo really helps too.
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I use Rejex but also try to remove them each day so they donít get baked on.

https://www.mypilotstore.com/MyPilot...hoCBY4QAvD_BwE
2nd on Rejex. Can often just hose off the bugs.
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Rain-X not only lets you see better through the rain but the bugs slide off with just water.
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Thanks for all the responses. I've ordered the Rejex and will be looking for the blue cloth window scrubber bars and a silicon squeegee!
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