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The days that my car feels like Hiroshima

By SYF77 on 09 Oct 2011

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I am writing this blog article to offer my 2 centsí worth of advice to car owners whose rides often fall victims to a particular type of bird dropping. The most common type of bird dropping in Singapore is whitish-green in colour and is quite easy to remove with the help of some water and tissue paper. However, in recent years, a new type of bird dropping seemed to have emerged. They appear like brown little dots on the carís surface (refer to photo below) and is often dried up.

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Now, donít be misled by the size of the dot. It is tiny but extremely potent. If you start pouring water on it and wiping it with a piece of tissue paper, this is what your paintwork will end up like:
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These tiny brown dots are extremely sticky when wet. They will smear the paintwork if wiped wet, as evident in the photo above. After a few incidents, I learnt my lesson and gently scrapped them off with a dry tissue paper before wetting the affected surface as a final touch up process. This method is much less painful.

I am not sure if the local birds have a change of diet or a new specie of bird has made Singapore their home. Should your car encounter the same predicament as mine, take heart that you are not alone.

A brown dot on the headlamp

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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ER-3682 Oct 10 2011 07:31 AM
The s--t contain some oil,those birds must have taken alot of fried food.!
Skunk Oct 10 2011 12:46 PM
it's a new type of bird that just migrated here. It's called Feathered Talent. Apparently they're not so welcomed lol
Bicolor Oct 10 2011 10:24 PM
These tiny yellowish-brown dots are actually honeybee droppings. Honeybees, being rather clean creatures, will not defecate in their nests and will fly out to do their business before returning to their nest in the evening. Due to their diet of honey and pollen the droppings are plain-coloured and extremely sticky. There's no real way to avoid them as honeybees are more common in Singapore than you would expect. The largest species, the extremely aggressive giant honeybee, is known to perform mass defecation flights where large numbers of bees fly out and defecate before returning to the nest at dusk. Thankfully this species is not as common in urban areas in Singapore.
Dwee Oct 11 2011 04:09 PM
It gave me a hard time in removing this s--t before. The stain will always be there even though when I sent my car for waxing and polishing. Thank God , I don't encounter it nowadays...
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