And be sure to dispose of the cloth and wash your hands afterwards, because bird droppings can carry diseases as well as damaging your paint.
If you’ve heard that it’s the acid in the bird poop that eats your car’s colourful skin, think again.
Car care product company Autoglym did the science and looked very deeply into avian faeces. They discovered that the damage you’ll experience if you don’t get the droppings off quickly enough is actually the result of cooling paint lacquer, which contracts and hardens around the poop.
As paint lacquer warms up in harsh Aussie sunlight, it softens and expands, while the heat also dries and hardens the droppings. Then when the lacquer cools overnight, it contracts, moulding itself around the bird poo.
The result is unsightly etchings in your paintwork which look, well, crap.