During this period when everyone was closed to homes due to the Corona Virus (Covid-19) epidemic, the vehicles remained where they were parked for a long time. This resulted in more and longer exposure of vehicles to bird droppings. Ford helps vehicle owners with the tests they developed based on artificial bird droppings to maintain the protection of vehicle paints for a longer period of time.
Many of us do not like bird droppings in our car, as we believe that bird droppings will bring luck to us, but it can seriously damage the paint. Fortunately, Ford vehicles are tested only for this possibility, and with the help of artificial bird droppings developed in the laboratory.
For this, synthetic bird droppings are created to reflect different acidity levels by taking into account different feeding of birds throughout Europe. The sample pieces are heated in an oven at 40 ° C, 50 ° C and 60 ° C to reflect customers' vehicle use at extreme temperatures, and bird droppings are applied to the test panels in the form of sprays, thus limiting the paint corrosion protection limits.
"Bird droppings test" is just one of the challenging tests that paint samples are subjected to. The panels are also sprayed with detergent mixed with phosphoric acid and synthetic pollen before being aged at 60 ° C and 80 ° C for 30 minutes. This test protects against airborne particles such as pollen and sticky wood sap.
The spring and summer months can be particularly dangerous for painting vehicles. This is not only because there are more birds around. The paint, which softens and expands under intense sunlight, becomes tight when it cools and dirt such as bird droppings adhere to the surface. If the dirt is left on the vehicle, permanent damage may occur and special treatment may be required to clean it.
The experts, who fine-tune the pigments, resins and additives used for the bright protective paint of the vehicles, ensure that the coating applied to Ford vehicles has the optimum make-up to counteract the effects of such pollutants in all weather conditions.
Bird droppings science:
Bird droppings are usually black and white in color and not all of the feces. The white part is uric acid and is produced in the urinary tract. Stool is produced in the digestive system. The two can be secreted simultaneously, but this happens so quickly that there is not enough time for the two to mix.
Other paint tests applied at Ford:
Other tests for paint samples include continuous ultraviolet light application for up to 6.000 hours (250 days) in the light laboratory to assess outdoor conditions; exposure to freezing winter roads in a reservoir containing freezing, high humidity and salt at subzero temperatures and fuel staining from excessive refueling at the vehicle service station.
How to clean bird droppings in your vehicle:
It is not a good idea to leave bird droppings in the car. For this, it is recommended to vehicle owners to regularly wash the vehicle with a sponge, warm water and pH neutral shampoo and remove harmless-looking substances from the paint immediately. Polishing painted surfaces once or twice a year also helps the new finish coat to withstand the harshest attacks and stay glossy for longer.
Source: Hibya News Agency