7 Ways to Clean Dry Egg off Your Car After an Egging

Few “innocent” Halloween pranks are as damaging to a vehicle as a drive-by egging. Left to dry and harden – which can occur in as little as 2 hours – eggs can permanently ruin a car’s paint job. They eat at the top layer of finish and etch into the cleat coat, and eggshells can even scratch or chip the paint if not removed properly. Even throwing an egg can break a side mirror or taillight, forcing you to fork over hundreds of dollars for car repairs.

If your vehicle’s been egged by dastardly teenage trick-or-treaters this year, time is of the essence. Here are 7 techniques to try when you need to get egg off your car ASAP.

1. Car Wash (with Hose or Power Washer)

If you’re lucky enough to notice the egg before it’s dried, you can attempt to manually wash the car with the aid of a pressure washer (or strong garden hose).

Materials Needed:

  • Buckets
  • Clean water
  • Sponge or car wash mitt
  • Car wash soap
  • Hose or pressure washer
  • Microfiber towels

Steps:

  1. Spray the egged areas with your hose or power washer. If you choose to use your power washer, be sure to use the right nozzle setting; pressure washers can strip and chip away car paint like it’s nobody’s business.
  2. Wash the car by hand, following the directions on your chosen car wash soap or cleaner. It’s best to use a washing mitt, but any soft, clean sponge and microfiber towels will work fine.
  3. If you notice any eggshell pieces, carefully attempt to pick them off your paint with your fingernail or a soft-plastic scraper. Do not wipe away; shells can leave microscopic scratches very easily.
  4. Rinse off and dry with a clean microfiber towel. Check for any egg stains on your car.

2. Hot Water Soak

Unfortunately, most people don’t notice egg on their car until the morning after an egging. At that point, a handwashing might not do much. Instead, bring your vehicle to the sauna – and by that we mean soaking dried egg stains with hot water.

Materials Needed:

  • Very hot water (boiling)
  • Rag or cloth
  • Gloves for protection (dishwashing gloves are best)
  • Soft-bristle brush (optional)
  • Ladle (optional)
  • Car wash soap (optional)

Steps:

  1. Boil a pot of water.
  2. Put some rubber, dishwashing gloves on.
  3. Place the rag into the hot water. Wring until damp, then place rag on the dried egg.
  4. Hold the rag on the affected area for 30 seconds. (For stubborn or old egg stains on your car, scoop hot water on the rag and keep in place for another 30-60 seconds.)
  5. Check for any remaining egg. If you need to repeat the process, try adding car wash solution or soap to the hot water and mix until suds appear.
  6. You may need to use a soft-bristle brush to scrub the car clean. However, be careful not to let your inner-Hulk take over, as brushes can scratch any unprotected layers of car paint.

3. “Waterless” Wash & Wax

If water isn’t working, ditch it. Use a specially formulated waterless car wash spray to get egg residue off your vehicle, instead. (It’s a simpler process than washing your car by hand, though you may not see any results.)

Materials Needed:

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Soft-plastic scraper
  • Gloves (latex or nitrile are ok)
  • Waterless car wash product (read reviews)

Steps:

  1. Start by spraying your egged car stains with the waterless wash. Allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes (follow the directions listed on your chosen product).
  2. Use the microfiber cloth to gently wipe away the area.
  3. See leftover egg goop? Scrape with your plastic scraper until all large egg globs are gone, then repeat steps 1-2.

4. WD-40

As a degreasing solvent similar to mineral oil, WD-40 helps to detach stuck-on contaminants. WD-40 will not only (potentially) fix your egged car, but it can also get rid of bird droppings, silly string, shaving cream stains, and more. It won’t harm paint, has no adhesive, and isn’t abrasive to car wax or any other automotive paint protectant. Heck, it’s also low in toxicity, so you don’t necessarily need to wear gloves when using it. What can’t WD-40 do?

Materials Needed:

  • WD-40
  • Paper towels
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Waterless car wash product (read reviews)

Steps:

  1. Apply the WD-40 to both the stain and a folded paper towel. Let it penetrate the egg for 30 seconds.
  2. Wipe the area with the damp paper towel, reapplying more WD-40 as needed.
  3. Repeat if necessary.

5. Brake Fluid

Brake fluid, which usually contains glycol-ether solvents, is a good degreaser that won’t typically* damage vehicle body paint or rubber sealants. Some people see results after applying brake fluid to old egg stains on their vehicles, though the jury’s still out on this one.

*Brake fluid can do damage to car paint if left on for too long, so be sure and wash any leftover brake fluid after use.

Materials Needed:

  • Brake fluid
  • Soft towel or rag
  • Gloves (latex or nitrile are ok)
  • Water
  • Microfiber towel

Steps:

  1. Wearing gloves, apply brake fluid liberally to a clean towel or rag.
  2. Firmly press the dampened towel onto the egg stains, keeping in place for 15-20 seconds.
  3. Wipe gently until the egg stain has been cleaned off.
  4. When satisfied, rinse the area with clean water and dry with a clean microfiber towel.

6. Magic Erasers

In an emergency, you can try a “magic eraser” as an impromptu egg stain remover. Magic erasers are comprised of a special melamine polymer that acts like a fine sandpaper, allowing you to remove and clean many types of contaminants, like crayon, permanent markers, and even the gnarly dried egg on your vehicle.

Note: Using a magic eraser can leave fine scratches on your car paint, so do your best to try all other options first.

Materials Needed:

  • Magic eraser (melamine foam)
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Water

Steps:

  1. Soak your magic eraser in water until it is thoroughly damp.
  2. Rub the magic eraser over the egg. You’re essentially sanding this region, so don’t go overboard or you may need to buff and potentially repaint (see method 7).
  3. Wipe the area with a microfiber cloth and look for any eggy remnants or scratches.

7. Buff Out Stains

Once you’ve tried all other methods for washing egg off your vehicle, you’ll have to take more drastic action: Sanding and buffing your car. This should be a last-ditch tactic, as you’ll essentially be stripping your vehicle’s paint off, necessitating a trip to your local autobody shop.

Materials Needed:

  • Car buffing compound
  • Buffer or polisher
  • Wool buffing pad
  • Car polish
  • Polishing mitt
  • 1,200-grit sandpaper
  • Quick detailer (spray)
  • Water
  • Face mask
  • Eye protection

Steps:

  1. Wet a piece of sandpaper slightly to “soften” the grit. (You can even soak the sandpaper overnight.)
  2. Gently sand the egg stain on your car until it’s no longer visible. Your goal here is to sand the area down to one, uniform piece of sheet metal – without stripping too much of the clear coat or wax away.
  3. Attach your wool buff pad to your buffer or polisher.
  4. Apply a dot of your chosen buffing compound to the pad and the sanded area.
  5. Buff away any visible signs of sanding, including microscopic scratches.
  6. Use your polishing mitt and polish to go over the swirl marks left by your buffer. (You can also use a polish pad attached to a high-speed buffer, though we like the quality of a good hand-polishing to finish it off.)
  7. Finish with spray detailer applied to the damaged area. Follow the product’s instructions for usage.

Unfortunately, if buffing your egged car ends up being a dud, you might require some professional auto body care and repainting. Reach out to a collision repair center near you for a quote – and put out an A.T.B. on the punks whose Halloween shenanigans led you here.

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