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So You’ve Just Been Egged…

Posted in Pictures, Video, Commercials, Media, Uncategorized by wolferadio11 on November 2, 2012
As Halloween fast approaches, homeowners need to brush up on egg-removal methods. Here’s what to do when you get egged.

Americans consumed about 75 billion eggs last year, according to the American Egg Board, but only a vanishingly small percentage of those ended up as devices of airborne mischief. No one tracks the specific numbers of egg-related vandalism or their cost, but anecdotal evidence suggests that the damage done by even a single egg can be significant. The stain an egg leaves behind can require repainting or even siding replacement and hundreds of dollars in expense.

Removing egg, wet or dry, is no simple matter. A jumbo size amounts to 2 1/2 ounces of sophisticated organic chemistry. To the casual observer, it’s just 65 percent water, 12 percent protein and a nearly equal amount of fat, not to mention assorted vitamins and minerals. But when Chemical and Engineering News took a hard-boiled look at the chicken egg, it reported trace amounts of volatile compounds ranging from indole (a chemical also found in coal tar) to phenols (an ingredient in glues and plastics). You could say the same for practically any food, if you looked at it closely enough, but it’s also the egg’s aerodynamics and low cost that make it a unique instrument in the hands of a teenager nursing a grudge.

Got egg on your car? It’s a different story than cleaning siding or windows, as using any cleaner that doesn’t have a pH close to a neutral 7.0 stands a substantial chance of damaging the clear-coat outer paint layer. Best advice is to use plenty of water to hydrate the stain (try setting the lawn sprinkler onto the car for a couple of hours), and then using a commercial car-wash detergent and a terry-cloth towel or microfiber car-polishing cloth to gently rub the stain off. There are no kitchen products or devices (like that nylon pot scrubber or rubber spatula) suitable for use on automotive paint. Still, the car wash may leave stains behind, probably caused by the chemicals in the egg yolk etching the paint and dulling its shiny finish. That’s when to use, carefully, an automotive auto-body rubbing compound to restore the clear coat’s shine. Follow the directions on the label.

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