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Tim in Scotland



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2013 Range Rover Sport SDV6 HSE Stornoway Grey
Getting dead bugs off the windscreen

In the last month we seem to have had a lot more flying bugs around in these parts than I can remember and it is not easy getting their remains off the windscreen after they have baked on for a couple of days. Recent heavy rain has removed most of the larger carcasses but the blood stains still remain. I am loathe to use a pressure washer on the windscreen as I have a new replacement screen, so has anyone any "patent" ideas how to easily remove the stains left on the outside of the glass? 2015MY Corris Grey SDv6 HSE Dynamic, preceeded by a 2.7SE RRS, a 3.6TDv8 RRS, several FFRR's and 2 Evoques.
Also in my garage is a 1996 TDi300 Defender 90 County HT made into a fake CSW.... my fun car to enjoy bashing and denting 20 years old and still giving loads of fun

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jimbg



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Not so much for the screen, but the bodywork.

I lay an old towel on the car and soak with water and leave for an hour or so.

It softens the remains up and makes it easier to wipe off. 2017 Discovery 3.0 HSE Silicon Silver Nimbus interior and a few extra toys

2013 HSE Black, Orkney Grey, Ebony Seats and Ivory Interior SOLD

Post #527196 Wed May 31 2017 8:41am
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d-9



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United Kingdom 2007 Range Rover Sport TDV8 HSE Santorini Black

I use halfords foaming glass cleaner, let it sit a little bit, then scrub with a microfibre, gets the worst off day to day.

When I want it properly clean, I snowfoam, leave it sit for 10mins, jet wash it, then use a washmit and regular car shampoo. Why dont you want to use a jetwash on a new screen? I dont see how it would damage it.

As you have a new screen (presumably without any pitting/scratches/stone chips), turtlewax glass polish is an option, its very effective on smooth screens, but if there is any imperfections you can end up with polish residue in the imperfections, so I cant use it on mine Sad

Post #527198 Wed May 31 2017 9:03am
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fkarim



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Some companies do specialist bug removers like this.

No idea how good they as I don't need to use. I coat the windscreen with this product from the same company. It prevents bugs from sticking in the first place and ones that do stick just wash off easily, no matter how long they are left there. Current: MY16 RRS2 3.0 SDV6 Autobiography Dynamic, Carpathian Grey & Santorini Black Sliding Pano/Ebony & Ivory 2 Tone
Gone: MY13 RRS 3.0 SDV6 HSE Black Edition, Orkney Grey/Ivory
Gone: MY09 RRS 2.7 TDV6 HSE, Santorini Black/Almond

Post #527201 Wed May 31 2017 9:08am
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jimbg



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The links are for the same product!! 2017 Discovery 3.0 HSE Silicon Silver Nimbus interior and a few extra toys

2013 HSE Black, Orkney Grey, Ebony Seats and Ivory Interior SOLD

Post #527203 Wed May 31 2017 9:12am
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fkarim



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Don't know what you're talking about Whistle Current: MY16 RRS2 3.0 SDV6 Autobiography Dynamic, Carpathian Grey & Santorini Black Sliding Pano/Ebony & Ivory 2 Tone
Gone: MY13 RRS 3.0 SDV6 HSE Black Edition, Orkney Grey/Ivory
Gone: MY09 RRS 2.7 TDV6 HSE, Santorini Black/Almond

Post #527204 Wed May 31 2017 9:14am
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jimbg



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My mistake.... Rolling with laughter Rolling with laughter Thumbs Up 2017 Discovery 3.0 HSE Silicon Silver Nimbus interior and a few extra toys

2013 HSE Black, Orkney Grey, Ebony Seats and Ivory Interior SOLD

Post #527205 Wed May 31 2017 9:19am
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fkarim



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Laughing I corrected it probably seconds before you complained. Current: MY16 RRS2 3.0 SDV6 Autobiography Dynamic, Carpathian Grey & Santorini Black Sliding Pano/Ebony & Ivory 2 Tone
Gone: MY13 RRS 3.0 SDV6 HSE Black Edition, Orkney Grey/Ivory
Gone: MY09 RRS 2.7 TDV6 HSE, Santorini Black/Almond

Post #527206 Wed May 31 2017 9:34am
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jimbg



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I might try that on the screen, as it is a nightmare when we drive down through France.

It really helps to make bug removal easier?

How often do you apply it?

Cheers
Jim 2017 Discovery 3.0 HSE Silicon Silver Nimbus interior and a few extra toys

2013 HSE Black, Orkney Grey, Ebony Seats and Ivory Interior SOLD

Post #527208 Wed May 31 2017 9:42am
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fkarim



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I apply it a lot less frequently than I really should Embarassed every 3 months maybe. It doesn't last that long, 6-8 weeks is probably the recommended interval and it definitely works for that period of time. Gtechniq have other, more durable products too which can potentially make it even easier to remove bugs but I am too lazy/busy to do all the prep that may be required. G5 is easy, just apply after a wash and buff away. I coat it twice in case it increases effectiveness and durability but more importantly to make sure no areas are missed.

I find it particularly useful for long journeys as the car isn't washed for many days (except the windscreen washer while driving) and the bug splatter stays on the windscreen for a while. Current: MY16 RRS2 3.0 SDV6 Autobiography Dynamic, Carpathian Grey & Santorini Black Sliding Pano/Ebony & Ivory 2 Tone
Gone: MY13 RRS 3.0 SDV6 HSE Black Edition, Orkney Grey/Ivory
Gone: MY09 RRS 2.7 TDV6 HSE, Santorini Black/Almond

Post #527219 Wed May 31 2017 10:08am
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Violetpiano



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jimbg wrote:
I might try that on the screen, as it is a nightmare when we drive down through France.

It really helps to make bug removal easier?

How often do you apply it?

Cheers
Jim



Jim, absolutely spot on. I wish I had thought of applying something before the Bank Holiday weekend. I drove to Monte Carlo and back and the front of my RRS is completely covered - you can hardly read the registration number!

Jas Waiting (trying to patiently) for MY18 SVR
Gone and missed....
MY 2015 RRS 5.0L Autobiography
Mariana Black With Body Coloured Roof and Side Sills
Ebony / Ivory Interior
Privacy Glass
Style 508 22 inch Alloys

Post #527220 Wed May 31 2017 10:12am
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fkarim



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Actually this just reminds me ... when we drove to France last month, upon arrival I found my headlamps (which I leave on auto) were constantly on even in bright sunlight. I assumed the external light sensor was covered. Used the washer/wipers a bit aggressively and the lights turned off. Either a strange coincidence or more likely due to bug removal. Current: MY16 RRS2 3.0 SDV6 Autobiography Dynamic, Carpathian Grey & Santorini Black Sliding Pano/Ebony & Ivory 2 Tone
Gone: MY13 RRS 3.0 SDV6 HSE Black Edition, Orkney Grey/Ivory
Gone: MY09 RRS 2.7 TDV6 HSE, Santorini Black/Almond

Post #527222 Wed May 31 2017 10:46am
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jimbg



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OK, I will give it a go on the next trip. Thumbs Up 2017 Discovery 3.0 HSE Silicon Silver Nimbus interior and a few extra toys

2013 HSE Black, Orkney Grey, Ebony Seats and Ivory Interior SOLD

Post #527228 Wed May 31 2017 11:21am
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JOCK55



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I have just used Autoglym Active Insect Remover this morning just to enable a drive with full visability. Worked very well on both bodywork and windscreen following 3.5 day drive from Lagos in SW Portugal back home to Inverness. I wish I had had it before I embarked on our travels as it was a real nuisance on the journey and the washer fluid did little to help, merely smearing the detritus across the screen!

Car went in for its second service this morning, so we'll see what kind of mess their valeters make of it!

Old Jock "Say what you mean, Mean what you say...... and Do it!"
2015 RRS HSE SDV6 Firenze Red with Santorini Panoramic Glass Roof

Post #527229 Wed May 31 2017 11:31am
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fkarim



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Products like G5 or RainX are worth it even just for water repellency from windscreen. I don't need to use my wipers when driving above 35/40 mph as the head wind drives up rain water in straight lines, efficiently clearing the view. When I do use the wipers at lower speeds, the operation is very smooth and smear-free. I am on my original set of wiper blades after 15k+ miles/nearly 21 months and never had to refill washer fluid (unless the dealer topped up on one of the several visits). Current: MY16 RRS2 3.0 SDV6 Autobiography Dynamic, Carpathian Grey & Santorini Black Sliding Pano/Ebony & Ivory 2 Tone
Gone: MY13 RRS 3.0 SDV6 HSE Black Edition, Orkney Grey/Ivory
Gone: MY09 RRS 2.7 TDV6 HSE, Santorini Black/Almond

Post #527230 Wed May 31 2017 11:44am
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