What to Do if Your Car Gets Egged on Mischief Night

Close up of cracked eggTraditionally, the night before Halloween is “Mischief Night.” It’s a night when some of the teenage ne’er-do-wells of our community throw toilet paper in your trees and eggs at your home–and car. And unfortunately, the tradition seems to be alive in Delaware County.

Halloween is a fun time of year! But if you don’t have garage space to park your car for the night, your vehicle may be a target for vandalism.

If you can’t get your car into a garage, all you can do is hope for the best. If egg does make its way onto your vehicle, follow these steps.

  1. Don’t Hesitate! Time is not on your side here. The longer you wait, the more likely the egg is to set into your paint and leave a permanent mark. Your success in removing egg residue leans heavily on how quickly you act.
  2. Wet Egg is Preferable to Dry. This goes along with tip 1. The reason it’s best to act quickly is to avoid letting the egg dry onto your car. When you first discover you’ve been egged, a good first step is to give it a thorough rinse. If you have a lawn sprinkler, aiming it toward the egg can be an easy way to get started.
  3. Wash Away the Damage.Be warned, you can’t use any old household cleaner on your car. After rinsing the stain, use a detergent designed for cleaning cars. Then, use a microfiber cloth to gently wipe the stain away.

A Note on Carwashes: it sounds like a good idea, but putting your car through the automatic car wash probably won’t remove the egg. The yolk contains unique chemicals that require special attention to improve.