Maryland Blogger: How to Clean an Egged Car

How to Clean an Egged Car

How to Clean an Egged Car


Ted Blitgen provided these tips for his Kentlands neighbors in Gaithersburg, MD.

A solution for removing the egg:

If you've ever been victimized by neighborhood pranksters or vandalism, you've likely had your car egged. While discovering an egged car is nerve racking, trying to remove the egg and yolk creates further irritation. The key is to remove the egg stain shortly after the incident. However, if the egging occurred overnight, or while you were out of town, the yolk will crust, making removal twice and hard. Here are a few tips for removing egg from cars, without ruining the paint. 

Step 1: If possible, do not allow the egg to sit on the car for an extended period, especially in the sun. Every second counts. As soon as you discover the mess, begin steps to clean the vehicle. 

Step 2: Using your hand, remove all traces of the egg shell from the car. 

Step 3: Once pieces of the egg shell are removed, clean the egg and yolk from the car using a soft towel. It is important to remove all traces of the egg shell. This way, you avoid scratching the surface of the car. 

Step 4: Create a mixture using 1 part water and 1 part vinegar. 

Step 5: Soak a towel in the mixture, and place it on the egg stain. You may also spray the mixture onto the car using a spray bottle. Allow the towel to sit for at least 15 minutes. 

Step 6: Remove the towel. Dry the area using a different towel. 

Step 7: If necessary, repeat steps 5 and 6. 

Unfortunately, if the egg was not immediately removed, there may be damaged to the car's paint. Review your insurance policy or vehicle warranty to see whether car egging is covered. If not, be prepared to pay a hefty price to have portions of the vehicle re-painted.


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Comment balloon 34 commentsRoy Kelley • October 22 2015 11:23AM


Good morning Roy! Great advice for those who cannot park in a garage! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 4 years ago

Hi Roy.  Great tips.  It is so important to get the egg off your paint quickly.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) about 4 years ago

I certainly hope all the ghouls keep to themselves tonight and don't go around egging cars.  

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) about 4 years ago

Thank you for the great tips. I did not know that eggs can cause damage to the paint.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 4 years ago

Luckily, this is something I haven't yet had to endure, Roy.  And, hopefully never will.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 4 years ago

HI Roy, this is great information, especially on a day when this is more likely to happen!

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) about 4 years ago

Roy: A good tip that hopefully no one needs to use. My vehicles get the garage treatment so no worries here.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) about 4 years ago

Good morning Roy. Your tips are good but it is sad that there are those who commit this type of vandalism. Love the flower.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 4 years ago

Good morning Roy. I had it happen once, what a pain, wish I had your tips at that time. It would have been much easier to clean up the mess.

Make it a great weekend!

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) about 4 years ago

Great tips for tonight, many stores had signs will not sell eggs to minors. 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) about 4 years ago

Thank you very much for your comments. This is good information to share.


Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

This is good information Roy. I will be reblogging it tomorrow.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 4 years ago

Oh my, this brings back memories, I havent thought of egging in years, I mean being egged!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) about 4 years ago

Luckily I have never had to do this, but these are great tips for people that have been hit by pranksters!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) about 4 years ago

Your comments are always appreciated. I have some personal experience in removing eggs from paint and I is not an easy job.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

Debbie Reynolds 

Thank you very much for your re-blog of this information. I hope that others will also share these tips.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

Oh dear, a post to prep for the Halloween mischief no doubt? Hope few folks need to learn this Roy. Happy last day of October. :)

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 4 years ago

I wish kids would give up this egging Roy. A waste of a good omelet too.


Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) about 4 years ago


 A timely post! I had this happen to me when I was in College, I was lucky no damage!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert about 4 years ago

Roy, Cars which have been egged is a huge problem for the owners. This post of how to remove the egg is excellent advice and hopefully none of us have to worry about this situation. Thanks for the post. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) about 4 years ago

Thanks again, for your comments. I hope your cars and your home are not egged.

Happy Halloween!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

Thanks for this post, Roy. My first thought when I read your Q&A on this was to use vinegar and water but I wondered if that could hurt the paint or finish. Now I know it's OK!

Posted by Kathleen Luiten, Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales (Resort and Second-Home Specialist) about 4 years ago

Kathleen Luiten 

I hope you do not need to use the advice in this blog but you can be sure that some cars will be egged on Halloween.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

Roy, this is good information to have especially for tonight.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) about 4 years ago

Great information on the most important night of the year for needing it!

Happy Halloween Roy Kelley 


Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) about 4 years ago

I hope you will not be needing the tips in this blog.

Happy Halloween.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

Roy, it's amazing how an egg can do so much damage to the paint of a car.  Thanks for the clean up tips, hopefully, we won't have to use them.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 4 years ago

Now you've got me thinking that maybe I should put my car in the garage tonight. Your advice is very timely considering the nature of Halloween. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) about 4 years ago

Hi Roy Kelley ,  Thanks for the information.  Hopefully, I will never have to use it.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) about 4 years ago

I guess some people think its funny but it really is only vandalism!  Good information!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) about 4 years ago

Thanks, again, for your comments. Have a great Sunday.


Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC 

Vandals who throw eggs at vehicles and buildings can cause serious damage.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

Roy - Thanks for sharing this information in your post. My car has been egged in the past, and it is very true that you need to remove the egg and yolk from the car as soon as possible, or it will ruin your paint.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate about 4 years ago

Make it a habit to post a reblog every day. It is an easy way to pay it forward. And, you will earn more ActiveRain points with this practice.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 12 months ago