Get Bug Splats off the Front of Your Car

Here's a quick and paint-safe way to remove bug splats from the front of your car, and to make it easier to remove them the next time.


  1. Soak the bug splats with an automotive exterior / bug cleaner like Prestone 50/50 or a similar product in a spray bottle. Wait about ten minutes.
  2. Spray the splats with a hard stream of water from a hose.
  3. Gently remove the tough ones with a wet terrycloth washcloth.
  4. After they're gone, wash the front of the car as you normally would.
  5. Coat the area with a liberal amount of spray-as-you-dry car wax ("Express Wax" or similar). Polish as directed.
  6. Allow the car to dry naturally.


  • Don't allow bug splats to accumulate. They can permanently stain the paint.
  • The above process should be much easier next time.
  • Don't forget to remove the bug bodies from the radiator.


  • Never use a dry cloth on auto paint. You can easily scratch the finish.

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