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I started my new job yesterday, based in Dover and came back at the end of the day to find my lovely roof and beautifully clean and polished paintwork to be covered in Seagul Shit! As soon as I got in from work I cleaned it off.

Has anyone got any solutions as to prevent it from landing on the roof? Perhaps some kind of cover or something to attach to protect the roof. Alternatively, I could hire someone with an air rifle to shoot them down but I'm sure they'd get in trouble for disturbing the peace.

Are the roof's durable? (Mine is mohair) I fear that it could leave a permanent white mark in future.
 

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Lol. Well done on the new job. But welcome to the world of working/ living by the sea.

The only thing I have ever done to my mohair roof is Renovo ultraproof it (reminds me my new 5 needs doing) and wash it regularly. It's a losing battle for me though as I live within 100m of the Sea so the seagulls tend to sit on the roof opposite my bungalow and wait for me to finish making my car poop free.

A regular wash with soapy water takes the deposits off leaving no residue, but it's more harmful to your paintwork really if left for very long.
 

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+ 1 for Renovo, but of course it does not solve the issue. Car covers are OK in sheltered areas or a lock-up but the problem with them is that wind "ruffle" can make the fabric abrade the extremities and Mazda paint is notoriously soft.I've seen damage that only an orbital polisher removed which was caused by simply putting wedding ribbons on the bonnet of a 5 for a short trip. No matter how clean the car looks, after a journey it will be covered in micro grits.I imagine your locale will be quite exposed to Channel weather even on a good day.
As regards the hood (particularily mohair) it will be a pig to constantly clean thanks to the shite-hawks, but something like this may help:
http://www.classicadditions.com/index.php?cPath=47_49&osCsid=d7e4080508acd9b482720a007b58d11e
Might sound "nutz" but maybe a wee banger (couple of hundred quids worth of old oiler?) for work might actually be a better idea then the shite-hawks can crap all day in luxury...given the price of new hoods & expensive upkeep.Which is OK for me to say.

Why not ask around and see if there is a business locally who will let you park under some sort of shelter? You never know and it's not really sustainable long term...for as you say..it was covered.
 

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I know what you mean, and seagull turd is not your average guano, it's 3 times the size!
I doubt they're actually landing on your car to take a dump, merely spotting your pristine black 5 from up on high and then doing some target practice with their white bomblets:rolleyes:

It depends on how much bird pooh is actually left on your car each day, if it's just a couple of spots then I'd not worry too much and just keep up with cleaning the car.
If however you have to scrape the stuff off just to open the doors then you might want to think about parking elsewhere, I learnt the hard way after leaving my 5 parked under a tree in the works car park overnight and coming back next morning to find that apparently every avian in the district had decided to release its bowels on my car:mad:

What's the state of the other cars left out in your car park? are they the same?
 

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I have one of the 'half covers' from clasic additions, (?45) to protect my top, as the car is the drive most days, Its a good fit, quick to fit & held on by non scratch elastic. Worth a look.
 

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Thanks for the replies.

Well yesterday there was quite a lot. No where near as parking under a tree but to the point that I thought it might cause some damage if not washed off properly.

Today thanks to the miserable rainy weather and strong winds they missed!


I didn't check the state of the other cars, as the majority had left by the time I left work. I will have a look and compare if I leave at a reasonable time.

There isn't anywhere else to park, there is just one car park with designated bays and a parking permit that has to be displayed at all times or you get clamped but it is free to park there.

I can't afford to run two cars, so a banger wouldn't help me in this situation.

If it gets worse and persists I may invest in that car cover, thanks for the information.
 

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I got i lire of Fabsil and painted it onto my mohair roof, I get the odd shit or two and it just wipes off with a moist microibre cloth.
Its so waterproof that the rain sits on the top of my roof in droplets, if I give my fat mate a lift the drops run onto his keks when he gets in the car!
 

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I got i lire of Fabsil and painted it onto my mohair roof, I get the odd shit or two and it just wipes off with a moist microibre cloth.
Its so waterproof that the rain sits on the top of my roof in droplets, if I give my fat mate a lift the drops run onto his keks when he gets in the car!
Agree re Fabsil - excellent stuff & cheaper than the automotive equivalents.
 

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I know what you mean, and seagull turd is not your average guano, it's 3 times the size!
... and apparently twice as deadly. When we I bought a new Golf for Mrs Niggle in 2007 the dealer tried to persuade us to purchase their paint protection treatment. When I asked him what kind of warranty/guarantee was provided he said that it was warranted against every kind of fallout except seagull shit ...
 

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I know what you mean, and seagull turd is not your average guano, it's 3 times the size!
... and apparently twice as deadly. When we I bought a new Golf for Mrs Niggle in 2007 the dealer tried to persuade us to purchase their paint protection treatment. When I asked him what kind of warranty/guarantee was provided he said that it was warranted against every kind of fallout except seagull shit ...
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It may depend what their favoured cuisine is. The seagulls which hang around outside kebab shops eating the discarded/spewed up reminants of some of the culinary delights would shit out the most destructive shit, I reckon. Regardless of their diet, birds (not just seagulls, crows are bad too) do shit on cars on purpose & they seem to prefer red cars as far as I have observed.
 

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Regardless of their diet, birds (not just seagulls, crows are bad too) do shit on cars on purpose
Thats a fact, i keep telling people that birds are not daft and that they look out for clean cars. I did a wee experiment with my wifes car and mine. Washed mine every few days for a couple of week, and left my wifes alone. Consistantly mine got bird crap on it and wifes was left alone.

Barstewards...
 
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