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Meguiar's bug-gut remover has me intrigued

Looking for an easy way to get the guts out? This may be it
Posted April 5 2013 12:08 PM by Nikolas Kolenich 
Filed under: Car Initiative

Meguiars bug removal

I think we can all agree that washing and waxing cars isn't for everyone. In fact, despite the money I made out in the family driveway, it's not even close to my forte. Maybe if I had known about Meguiar’s and products like its bug gut remover back in my teenage car-washing days, things may have been different.

At $20 a pop, washing cars was certainly better than fighting bees while picking up apples for a $1 a bucket or getting sticky snagging 2 gallon bales of pine cones. I'd wash my brother's latest project Lincoln Mark VIII, the Crown Victorias he picked-up from auctions or on the rare occasion, my mom's '72 Camaro (her first car).  Though my Dad refused to let me clean the '71 Nova (his first car) because he said I could "get a rock in the sponge and scratch the paint," he’d let me wash his '68 Chevelle Wagon.  The car was a 20-footer at best, so there was no damage done regardless of how I cleaned it. I tried my hardest, I ran around the car with a hose and sometimes I had to start over if the soapy water dried before rinsing. 

Before coming to work for Popular Hot Rodding, I worked at a dealership taking pictures of cars. In the garage the detailers worked long and hard laboring over the buffing wheel.  When you're working for a used car dealership, cleaning the car is almost more important than the technical maintenance.  There were eight detailers in the shop and they'd churn out 2-3 cars each, per day.  Between waxing the exterior and detailing the interior, the art and craftsmanship of their expertise helped to move the metal.  Suddenly, previously trashed minivans and tired '90s Mustangs became shining jewels thanks to a fresh coat of polish and a fruity smell.  Sure, everyone wants a safe and reliable car, but sometimes that shiny look is what got the soccer moms and old ladies to drive it home.  For a 16-year-old kid, that Mustang became the perfect first car -- regardless of its 140k miles.

As I’m sure many of you know, Meguiar's is one of the biggest car-care brands in the world, but until this week I have to admit I hadn't heard of them. Until something I own deserves a wax, I'll continue to use a bucket of soap and water to get the job done.  But this week, a veteran Meguiar's spokesman stopped by our HQ to talk about the company’s new products over lunch. While initially enticed by the free tacos, I soon became interested in what he had to say -- especially when talked turned to its bug gut remover.  Meguiar's offers a small box of pads that you can buy for $5 that removes bug guts.  Now that sounds like an interesting product.  Regardless of the old or new car you may own, everyone in humid climates (I'm from Ohio) fights bug guts hitting their car.  I could relate.  Sales pitch hit-and-sunk.

Now it's time to put the product to the test... stay tuned....


Meguiars bug removal demonstration

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