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Not sure if this belongs here, recently came back from a month-long trip and found this on the passenger side door. Not too sure what it is, possibly really caked-on bird poop. Anyone have any idea of how to remove it? Cannot remove it with fingernails, it's on there quite well and does protrude out from the paint a little bit. I've attached an image and the links are for larger versions.

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I would soak it with water to soften it and hopefully wash it off. If it is from a bird, the acid may have damaged the paint (it would be a comprehensive insurance claim).
 

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Osbornk is correct, soak with water and wipe with a micro fiber cloth. If that doesn't work a bug / tar remover like Turtle Wax will get rid of stubborn stuff. Wax area when done
 

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I would soak it with water to soften it and hopefully wash it off. If it is from a bird, the acid may have damaged the paint (it would be a comprehensive insurance claim).
Osbornk is correct, soak with water and wipe with a micro fiber cloth. If that doesn't work a bug / tar remover like Turtle Wax will get rid of stubborn stuff. Wax area when done
Thanks for the replies, I did both. However it doesnt seem to be looking too great underneath...

http://imgur.com/a/NzQqj
 

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Thanks for the replies, I did both. However it doesnt seem to be looking too great underneath...

http://imgur.com/a/NzQqj
Looks like the acid in the poop has eaten into the clearcoat, maybe even the paint itself. This is why you remove bird poop and grasshopper/bug guts ASAP from your vehicle.
I know the OP's was away for a month, so don't jump on me. :D
 

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Try clay barring the area to see if it removes any more of the residual. But that looks like a candidate for a professional auto detailer or a paint technician.
 

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Try clay barring the area to see if it removes any more of the residual. But that looks like a candidate for a professional auto detailer or a paint technician.
Thanks, I'll give that a try, I've already contacted a paint tech in the city. Does anyone know what can be expected for a quote? Wanted to ask around but they all want to see it before giving a number (which is totally fair and understandable).

Was the CRV parked under a tree and it may be sap?
Yes it was actually, didnt realize tree sap could be as bad.
 

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Before calling a professional detailer, hand sanitizer (ethyl alcohol) works well for tree sap without damaging the paint.
 

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I use Turtle wax bug and tar remover.. spray on let it soak for about 5 minutes and rinse off. Works for me everytime.
 

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For long periods if u dont have a garage Id cover the car...park over the cover if its a cheapo one so it cant be moved..

I know sounds odd but how much will the repair cost...a lot for bird ship!
 
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