Throwing eggs may seem like a harmless Halloween prank to most kids but if a car is the target of an egg, it’s far from harmless fun for the car’s owner. So how to minimise damage to your egged car. Often the egg throwing happens under the cover of darkness so the car’s owner doesn’t know that his paintwork is at risk of permanent damage.
All three parts of an egg are harmful to car duco. First the shell’s sharp jagged edges can scratch the car’s clear coat and paint. Egg yolk is acidic and can stain and eat into it the paint marring the finish. Egg whites have been used in waterproof glues so when dry, it is very difficult to remove and can leave a residue.
If the egg throwing incident occurred within a couple of hours and the egg hasn’t dried, you should carefully remove all shell pieces so they don’t cause further scratching before washing the car with a mild detergent and warm water.
This car wasn’t so lucky. It was egged at night and its L plate owner took public transport and left the car at home oblivious of the damage being caused by the remnants of egg frying in the hot December sun.
If you find dried egg on your car, remove all pieces of loose shell and wash the car with a mild detergent. If pieces of shell or dried eggs are stuck to the paintwork you can try the home remedy of spraying white vinegar or paper towel soaked in vinegar and a soft microfibre to gently loosen the particles. If the paintwork has been damaged by the egg, it is best to ask for advice from a professional.