You’ve been egged.
Well, hopefully, you haven’t, but unfortunately, your car has been egged. One of the most insidious things that someone can do to your car, right after keying, is to throw an egg at it. I don’t wish this on anyone, but if you’re here, it probably means it’s already happened to you. Sorry about that. Not to worry! I’m here to help you figure out what to do about your egged car.
It can be quite hard to deal with. On top of the mess and anger it causes, it will almost certainly damage your car’s paint. If you don’t clean up the egg in a timely manner, the acids from the yolk will eat away at your car’s finish.
However, the majority of the damage will come from the eggshell. The force upon impact as the front of the egg is stopped by your car causes the shell to fragment into razor-sharp particles that dig into your car’s paint. That force, in combination with the acid, will make a spider web ‘decoration’ that won’t go away without some paint repair.
What can you do to fix your egged car?
- Touch-up: either DIY or have someone like us (PaintCraft) come do it for you
- Body shop panel respray (expensive but effective)
- Forget about it and let it get worse (I don’t recommend this option, but it is available to you.)
If you opt for a touch-up, I highly suggest using the Dr. Colorchip paint system. That’s what we use here at PaintCraft. You can smear it into the divots that the shell made, wait about 5 minutes for it to dry, then use their special solution to gently rub off the excess paint. Depending on the severity of the damage, you should be able to make it look about 75-90% better.
Your other option is to have the entire panel resprayed at a body shop. This can get very pricey, especially if you have damage on more than one panel. If you’re a perfectionist and want your car looking brand new under a magnifying glass, and have a good chunk of cash to drop, this is your best option.
Whatever you do, act fast! The longer you leave the damage, the worse it will get. The paint around the damaged area will start chipping, which will only continue to spread. After a while, touch-up will not be an option and rust will begin to set in.