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What are those black spots that suddenly appear on my car?  

Hello everyone, Jason Widmer here, owner of Lexington Auto Spa. I’m often asked “what are those black dots on my vehicle?!” Early on as a carwash owner, I would see these dots on a handful of vehicles but would never know what they were. All I knew was the car wash equipment and chemicals wouldn’t remove them. It took scrubbing by hand or using a clay bar to get them off!

One day a customer came back after having his car washed and was really upset thinking that the dots were a result of something leaking in the car wash itself. I explained to him that I didn’t know what they were but I assured him the spots didn’t show up while he was going through the car wash.

How I Finally Knew What Those Spots Were 

At that time, one of my newly hired employees was standing close and overheard the conversation between myself and the disgruntled customer. He calmly informed me that he knew what those were caused by. I perked up and said, “well, don’t hold back!”.

He said he worked as a landscaper for a period of time and said that mulch sometimes gets a bacteria or fungus and will blow up which causes these dots to get sprayed several feet and they stick whatever they hit! This includes cars, houses, equipment, etc.

I looked at him like he had three heads! He said look up “Artillery Fungus”. So I did and now when I tell customers what it is they look at me like I have three heads until they go do some research for themselves! 

What is artillery fungus? 

The artillery fungus, or shotgun fungus, is a wood-decay fungus that likes to live on moist landscape mulch. The worst thing about this fungus is that it shoots spores up to 20 feet, which often land on siding, cars ,and anything else that surrounds the mulch.

It can be removed from the vehicle but it usually requires more extensive work than just sending it through a regular car wash. If you’re in the Lexington area and your vehicle has any black spots caused by artillery fungus or any difficult vehicle cleanup, feel free to head on to Lexington Auto Spa and we’ll remove those tough spots and stains for you!



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