BIRD DROPPINGS AND STORAGE PROBLEM

May 3, 2005
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We have our new caravan in storage, but unfortunately the warden has placed us under a tree, and says we are lucky to have the storage facility. We read in the magazine that when travelling some people put clingfilm over the front of the van to keep flies away.... we were wondering whether we could put cling film over the front of the van for a couple of weeks at a time, so as it is easier to clean the van from bird droppings. We were going to buy a cover, but have heard so many disasters!!! ANY ADVICE much appreciated...please. barbara
 

Damian

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Firstly, it would be good to ask the warden that when a place becomes available away from the tree, could you please have it!.

Bird droppings are a real problem, as they are quite acidic and attack paintwork very quickly.

Cling Film is OK as long as you can secure it well enough so that it does not get blown away in the first bit of wind.

An alternative would be to thoroughly wash the van then apply Autoglym Super Resin Polish, buff to a good shine, then immediately apply a coat of Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection, which puts a hard sealer on the van, making the paintwork much more protected against almost all contaminants, and lasts an extremely long time.
 
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thanks damien, but the warden who happens to be a camping and caravan storage facility wont bend, even after telling us he would move us. but thanks for all your advice on the caravan and the bird droppings....its a worry!!
 
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This may just work, buy a plastic owl and fix it in the tree, it will keep the birds away for quite a long time - until they eventually sense that it is no threat to them. Then move it to a different part of the tree for a while.

I did this myself in a tree outside my house which overhangs the drive where I park my car, to the astonishment of my neighbour, it worked.
 
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We have the same problem. Our van is stored in a secure park, under trees.

We've bought a large light tarpaulin to cover the top half of the van, and it keeps all this stuff off the roof.

Bird Poo is very corrosive.

If you have such an unhelpful warden, I'd consider looking for undercover storage.
 
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Bird droppings, what a problem! We bought a new dark green metallic Rover and visited Dover, (staying at Black Horse Farm), when I returned to my new car, (about three months old by then), sea gulls had splattered all over the bonnet. I went to the public toilets and filled a container with water, washed of the mess but too late, the chemicals in their droppings had eaten into the paint and were totally impossible to remove even with Tcut. The main agent said a complete respray would be needed, 7 years on and the marks are still there, the droppings would have been on no longer than one hour.
 
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Hi,

Use the Fenwicks over wintering solution. I've just checked my container and it says it will protect from bird droppings. I think they call it bird acids on the container. Check the Fenwicks web site.www.fenwicks.co.uk. I use it for over winter storage and I also am parked under trees and it works a treat.

Rob.
 
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Hi,

Use the Fenwicks over wintering solution. I've just checked my container and it says it will protect from bird droppings. I think they call it bird acids on the container. Check the Fenwicks web site.www.fenwicks.co.uk. I use it for over winter storage and I also am parked under trees and it works a treat.

Rob.
Hi the Email address I gave you is wrong it is www.fenwicksinfo.co.uk. I have phoned Fenwicks and left them a message about bird lime and how often you can apply the fenwicks overwintering in a season. I will contact you again as soon as I hear from them

Rob
 
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Hi

Fenwicks returned my call to-day, Yes you can apply the Winterise as many times as you want but their suggestion was to apply the Fenwicks to the roof area only as this is the area that takes most of the mess, Avoid any window areas such as Heki roof lights and plastic roof vents.

So put it on at the begining of the season on the van roof body only and at the end of a season rinse it off and apply a new coat ready for the winter storage period and apply a new coat to cover the spring, summer and autuum season.

Rob
 

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