February 21, 2024 4 min read

Save money and have fun!

I think most of us would find washing our vehicle therapeutic, except for one aspect: removing stubborn bug splatter.  That's normally the least favorite part of an early Sunday morning wash routine for most folks, because that's the part of the process that could actually be called work.  Surprisingly, most people (myself included) enjoy cleaning wheels and tires despite how laborious that can be at times.  But, there's just something annoying about the process of scrubbing bug guts from your vehicle that just isn't fun.  Until now!

Bug splatter (below) is acidic, and if not completely removed, will cause permanent damage to your vehicle by etching the paintwork, creating unsightly craters.

road kill bug remover


Living in south Florida, I know a thing or two about cleaning bug splatter from the front of my vehicles.  Fortunately it's not a big deal because I have the best bug remover ever made: McKee's 37 Road Kill Bug Remover.  Not only that, the best bug sponge ever made too: McKee's 37 Road Kill Bug ScrubberThese two products were designed specifically for the challenge of removing stubborn bug splatter.

There's a lot of questionable bug removers on the market that are just all-purpose cleaners in disguise.  Most of them do a somewhat decent job of removing bug splatter, but at the cost of staining plastic trim and even painted surfaces.  McKee's 37 Road Kill Bug Remover is safe for all exterior surfaces, including paint, glass, plastic, chrome, rubber, and plastic trim.  Chances are you might have used this incredible product at some point, but not likely in the manner I'm going to showcase here momentarily.

Here's the deal: If you wash your vehicle every week, or even every other week, there's really no need to use Road Kill Bug Remover at full strength.  Yes, I know I'll jeopardize sales by telling you to dilute the product, but I've got my long-term goggles on: I know that providing the best tips and tricks for detailing your vehicle will earn me loyal customers as long as I'm in the wax business.  So here goes nothing!

You can dilute Road Kill Bug Remover in a secondary spray bottle, or you can dilute it in one of my favorite detailing tools, the IK Foam Pro 2.  I absolutely love these foaming sprayers.  Basically, you fill the reservoir with water and then add an ounce or two of your favorite surfactant-based cleaner (bug remover, wheel cleaner, tire cleaner, etc.).  Then, pump it up and coat the area with a thick layer of foam.  (They recently introduced a "Plus" model that can be pressurized with a Schrader valve attachment for an air compressor.)  The IK Foam Pro 2 includes various tips for foam output, whether you'd like a dry or wet foam.  I like the dry foam, because it looks better in photos.

Fill the reservoir with water, and then add a few ounces of Road Kill Bug Remover.  Then, pump it up and foam away!

 road kill bug remover in a foaming sprayer

foaming bug remover


Isn't that cool?!  I love foam.  My wife loves foam.  Everyone loves foam!  Not only does this save you money, it also provides a longer window of time for working in the sun, since the cleaner has been diluted with water.  Plus, every time a bubble pops, more cleaner is introduced onto the surface.  Road Kill Bug Remover contains a special enzyme that completely breaks down the bug splatter, ensuring no caustic residue remains.

For best results, pair Road Kill Bug Remover with a Road Kill Bug Scrubber.  These uniquely designed sponges feature a honey-comb construction that, when dry, feels very coarse, but after they soak in a bucket of water for a few minutes they soften up considerably.  After you've cleaned the area, rinse it off.

road kill bug scrubber

road kill bug scrubber

road kill bug remover


Once everything is rinsed off, apply some type of protective coating to reinforce your existing paint protection.  I like using Hydro Blue SiO2 Coating for this application, since it's applied to a wet surface and then rinsed off.  As an added bonus, it lasts a long time as well, and can be applied to all exterior surfaces.  Hydro Blue leaves treated surfaces slick, glossy, and well protected.

hydro blue sio2 coating

hydro blue sio2 coating


Once the bugs are removed, proceed to washing the entire vehicle.  Then, dry it off using a Glacier 1100 Drying Towel.  These towels are great, and are available in 3 sizes.

glacier 1100 drying towel


Look ma!  No more bugs!

glossy paint


There you have it!  Fast, easy, effective, and fun!  Most people that wash their vehicles on a regular basis are what I call hands-on folks; they enjoy tinkering with new tools and products.  If that's you, then you will absolutely love using Road Kill Bug Remover in the IK Foam Pro 2.  I know I do!

Thank you so much for reading!

Nick Rutter

On McKees37.com:

McKee's 37 Road Kill Bug Remover

McKee's 37 Road Kill Bug Scrubber

IK Foam Pro 2

IK Foam Pro 2 Road Kill Bug Remover Refill Kit

Hydro Blue SiO2 Coating

Glacier 1100 Drying Towel

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