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post #1 of 32 Old 04-26-2014, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning/Removing Bugs on Road Trips

The maker of the Sea Foam product line sells a great product called Bugs B Gone that makes it quick & easy to remove Bugs while on Road Trips. It's especially handy where you get into a swarm of bugs and pull into a Gas Station wanting to restore vision thru your windscreen/helmet visors.

BBG allows you to clean the carnage off with far less chance of scratching by eliminating the need for hard scrubbing. It also helps to carry some microfiber cleaning cloths to dry your windscreen/visors when you're finished.

I'm not affiliated with Sea Foam in any way, just been using Bugs B Gone since 2008 and think it's good stuff - try some, I think you'll like it too! .

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Thanks , WeeBee ill have to try it. Ive been using Sea Foam gas treatment for years and its the best stuff out there. I use lemon Pledge on my windshield and it seems to help keep the bugs from sticking so bad.
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Never heard of Bugs Be Gone, but it sounds like a great product. I've been using a clean microfiber cloth soaked in water as hot as I can get it. Bugs melt off right away. When staying at a motel/hotel, I always ask the desk clerk if they have some clean rags I can use instead of the towels in the bathroom. They are always happy to give me a supply. That and hot water and I'm good to go. Follow up with Plexus or Lemon Pledge.

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No problem - just doing my best to be a contributing member of this great Community!

FYI - O'Reilly's Auto Parts carries Sea Foam's Bugs B Gone in my area and has locations in 42 out of 50 States so if you want some, try an O'Reilly's first. Their pricing is much better than trying to buy the product online.

Another tip - I always carry a small 1-2oz pump-spray bottle of BBG in my tankbag so I have it whenever I need it.
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Never heard of Bugs Be Gone, but it sounds like a great product. I've been using a clean microfiber cloth soaked in water as hot as I can get it. Bugs melt off right away. When staying at a motel/hotel, I always ask the desk clerk if they have some clean rags I can use instead of the towels in the bathroom. They are always happy to give me a supply. That and hot water and I'm good to go. Follow up with Plexus or Lemon Pledge.
Great tip! If there's no hot water available, BBG would be the next best thing
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I'll look for it but reading the MSDS it appears to be a less than 1% solution of Potassium Hydroxide. Heck perhaps I can use it to make some biodiesel or liquid soap.
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Just get an early start before the dew has evaporated (assuming dew) and hit it with a towel. Better a towel with hot water and then dry. If you're nice do as suggested and ask for rags. Otherwise at least stay away from the road grease areas.

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I have always kept a wet small face cloth sized rag in a ziplock for the windshield and visor. Clean with the rag and then with Plexus which is made for plastic but not great on dried bugs unless you let it sit for awhile.

I've been hesitant to experiment with other cleaners on the windshields.

Good to know that bbg is windshield/visor safe.

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I soak a micro fiber rag in Pledge, seal it in a ziplock sandwich baggie, and keep the baggie in a jacket pocket. It stays 'wet' inside the baggie for a long time. Fast and easy clean-up, little to carry.
Using Pledge makes a waxy coating that's harder for schmoo to stick to, IMO. I use it on my helmet, windscreen, and the bikes' colored plastics.

I saw a fresh traded-in bike at a dealership with a wet towel draped over the front of it. Shop guy said re-hydrating the guts is the easiest way to get them off. I think letting it 'soak' is more important than the temp of the water. This also works on face shield - a wet washcloth stuck on it for a few hours will do wonders - that's what I used to do before I started the Pledge routine.
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I've been using Bugslide for years, great stuff. Bugs just melt off. If I'm at home I just use a small towel and pore hot, not boiling water and let it sit on the bugs. Again they just come off. Old pilot trick I've been told..
And the kicker was I met a geezer in Faribanks on a goldwing. He uses a dilute solution of Peroxide and water!! Works great and I think that's whats in Bugslide. Little spritz and the bugs just bubble off.. Then I get to thinking, shoot, we used peroxide to get dried blood off of equipment in the hospital. DUH.. The peroxide eats up the proteins and lets you wash them away.. Too simple...

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