Eggs are the arsenal of choice for vandalism due to the almost irreversible damage they cause to painted surfaces if not dealt with immediately. House paint, car paint, painted signs, mailboxes and any other painted surfaces of value are all susceptible to damage caused by eggs.
The egg white (also referred to as the albumen) is made up of 15 percent of proteins. Its main purpose is to protect the yolk while providing nutrients to the embryo. Because of its protective composition, egg whites are used for several purposes, including waterproof glue, so it’s easy to understand how this part of the egg can dry and then stick to the surface of car paint. If it is not dealt with quickly, it can become extremely difficult to remove from the surface of the car without wet sanding and repainting the damaged area.
The egg yolk is suspended inside the egg by the egg white. The yolk contains fatty acids and is responsible for the fat, cholesterol and most of the calories found in an egg. Egg yolk was once used to make paint because of its natural ability to harden and stick to almost any surface. The chemical composition of the egg yolk will eat through clear coat on the surface of car paint–in addition to staining the paint–if not removed from the surface of the paint immediately.
Egg shells break relatively easily, and when thrown at high velocity, the shells will shatter into sharp shards. The shards of the shells can cause superficial scratches to the surface of the protective clear coat on a car and, in some cases, penetrate the clear coat, scratching the paint.
Egging and the Law
Anyone who has ever had their car egged knows how difficult it can be to remove. Most vandals attack under the veil of night to prevent being seen or caught. Since most victims sleep at night, they find the unpleasant surprise in the morning, long after the egg has had the time to cause permanent damage. Laws against the crime have been stiffened in the past few years, and the punishment to those caught in the act of egging cars and houses is much more severe than it used to be.
TIPS — How to Get Egg Off of Car Paint
Though car paint damaged by eggs is a hassle to deal with, there are ways to minimize the damage caused by acting fast!
- Gently pick away any egg shell that you can. Do not try to pry egg shell off, as you may take off some paint. If the shell is in small pieces, leave them for step two and three.
- Fill a spray bottle with distilled white vinegar. Alternatively, you may soak a towel in a bowl filled with white distilled vinegar.
- Spray the vinegar onto the egg or place the vinegar-soaked towel on the egg.
- Gently wipe away the egg from the car paint. Rinse the egg off the towel often and repeat steps two and three.
Clay Magic Car Detailing Kit
- Spray egg spot with Clay Magic Clay Lube. This bottle of liquid comes with the car detailing kit.
- Form Clay Magic into pancake shape that will fit easily into your hand.
- Press the clay onto the surface of the car. Repeat the steps of spraying and pressing clay onto egg spot until all the egg is removed.
- Dry the area with a micro-fiber cloth.
Goo Gone Automotive
- Spray egged area with Goo Gone Automotive spray.
- Let the Goo Gone Automotive sit for a few minutes to loosen the egg.
- Gently rub the egg with soft cloth. Be gentle as you may need to do this process a few times to get all the egg off and you do not want to pull away paint as you pull off egg.
- Repeat this process until the egg is gone.
Get to the egg as soon as possible. Egg that is left to sit on car paint causes more damage. The sooner you remove the egg from your car paint, the better.