Taking action against paint eaters

Now that everything in nature springs up again, insects wake up as well – much to the car driver’s regret. These bugs stubbornly stick on windows and paint. “What do you recommend for removing insects from the paint – especially when they are already firmly imbedded in the surface?” asks Klaus K. from Zurich.

Hot tip: quick action is imperative here – like with bird droppings and tree sap. These organic “paint eaters” cause severe damages to the paint, particularly when exposed to direct sunlight. The longer the residues remain on the paint, the deeper they eat away into the surface, causing real craters and cracks visible under the microscope. In this case, paint care not only serves aesthetics, but also helps preserve the vehicle.

There are a few simple rules: it is the best to protect the paintwork already before starting to drive. Insects do not stick that easy on a smooth paint maintained and preserved with hard wax and are removed with much less effort. Next rule: always remove insects as fast as possible – gently with an efficient insect remover. Simply spray the areas concerned and let sit briefly.

Good products need to be applied evenly and can, due to their viscous texture, stay on for a long time. Thus, they even remove dried insect residues. If necessary, wipe treated areas afterwards – best with a special insect sponge that does not scratch the paint.

By the way: for a clean windscreen during summer, use a windscreen cleaner based on a cleaning formula especially adjusted to the warm season. It quickly and thoroughly dissolves insect residues, which are then wiped away with the wipers.

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Red side: Effortlessly removes insect dirt from paintwork, glass and plastics quickly and without scratching. Moisten before use! Leather side: Dries mistedup windscreens. Leaves no streaks.
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04261000 1 piece/s
Easily and quickly removes insect residue from glass, paint and plastics, without leaving scratches.
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04271410 1 piece/s
Quickly and effortlessly removes insects from glass, paintwork, chrome and plastics. Due to its outstanding infiltration abilities, the special cleaner softens up even dried on insect deposits, without attacking the surfaces. Residues are removed quickly and gently. Solvent-free.
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05332000 500 ml
It seems confusing to many motorists, when a winter windscreen cleaner claims to provide freeze protection at minus 60 degrees. In our latitudes it is a rare occurrence to see the thermometer standing at -20 degrees Celsius. Such freeze protection figures are therefore, misleading. Incidentally, these cleaners would be so viscous, even at -40 degrees Celsius, that they could hardly be conveyed through the windscreen washer system.
Exterior, Paintwork and Chrome

What to do against „paint killers“

Insect dirt looks horrible and damages the car’s paintwork. These are organic „paint killers“ which can cause serious damage to the paintwork, particularly when exposed to solar radiation. And the longer they cling to the paintwork, the deeper the residues eat into the paintwork surfaces.
XTREME Series / Exterior, Paintwork and Chrome / Tyres, Rims, Rubber / Accessories and Aids / Technical and Workshop

Ideal for car care and a good idea for the household.

A short while ago, a colleague informed me that she uses her husband’s car care products in the home. Can that be true, and if so what can I use?“ asks Franziska from Halberstadt.
Exterior, Paintwork and Chrome

Remove insects before they damage the paintwork

Insect dirt doesn’t just look nasty – it is an organic „paint destroyer“ that, especially when exposed to the sun, can cause severe damage to the paintwork. And that can prove very expensive, the longer they stick on the paintwork, the deeper the residues eat their way into the paintwork surface.
XTREME Series / Exterior, Paintwork and Chrome

Cleaning paintwork like the pros

In the coming weeks, many car owners will certainly think about how to best and thoroughly remove typical winter dirt from paint surfaces.
Interior, Glass / PremiumClass

Elegance for leather

Leather upholstery requires regular care to keep the leather supple and avoid premature aging. And particularly in the summer months, sunlight and warmth place a strain on the high quality interior furnishings, when it is not thoroughly maintained and protected.
Interior, Glass / PremiumClass

Luxury for the Leather

Leather needs regular care to keep it supple and to prevent premature aging. This also holds true for the leather inside the car. Particularly during the summer months, solar radiation and the heat put a lot of strain on the high quality interior furnishing, if it is not thoroughly maintained and protected.
XTREME Series / Exterior, Paintwork and Chrome

New care and protection formula for foil covered cars

Good news for all owners of foil covered vehicles: The SONAX XTREME Foil care & sealant is now available now. It protects matt and glossy foils against climatic influences such as rain, road salt and UV radiation.
“Some windscreen cleaners for the winter claim frost protection of minus 60 °C. Are these products better and is it a problem when summer and winter products are mixed?” Dirk M. from Nuremberg asks. Answer: In our regions, temperatures very rarely fall below minus 20 °C. Hence, frost protection for such extreme...
Interior, Glass

Time for the Upholstery

„I would now like to clean up and take care of the upholstery, especially the seats – which is the best way to proceed?” asks Jürgen M. from Berlin. Richard Hanauer: First of all, thoroughly vacuum clean seats and floor. For basic cleaning of the seat covers we recommend