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how to remove road tar?

This is a discussion on how to remove road tar? within the Showcar and Detailing forums, part of the General Help category; hey, i just washed my car and there are still some stubborn road tar spots on the paint around the ...

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    how to remove road tar?

    hey, i just washed my car and there are still some stubborn road tar spots on the paint around the wheel wells that i couldn't get out. what do you guys use to remove that?

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    I had the problem once and used ice to harden the tar and break it from the finish.

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    You can use a product called prep all witch you can get at autozone, advanced, etc. This stuff is used on parts before they are painted to clean them. The only down fall is that you will have to wax the area that you clean because it will take off wax as well. I use this stuff to remove bugs asphault tar etc. it will not hurt your paint or clear coat.

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    Plain ole' Wd-40. Gets it off, and won't hurt the paint either.

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    bug/tar removers, APC's, Clay for real stubborn areas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IronBird View Post
    Plain ole' Wd-40. Gets it off, and won't hurt the paint either.
    This stuff actually works

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    Quote Originally Posted by IronBird View Post
    Plain ole' Wd-40. Gets it off, and won't hurt the paint either.
    stuff has thousands of uses,i put it on my DD wheels in the winter protects them and repeals dirt. could put it on the whole car if you really wanted to probably the shinest it could ever look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IronBird View Post
    Plain ole' Wd-40. Gets it off, and won't hurt the paint either.
    ARE YOU SERIOUS?????!!!!! HORRIBLE IDEA DONT DO THAT!!!!!!!!!!

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    Propsol, or Tarminator by Stoners. I haven't tried either one myself yet, but I hear people great success with it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Z06-Goose View Post
    Propsol, or Tarminator by Stoners. I haven't tried either one myself yet, but I hear people great success with it...
    PrepSol (DuPont) is great, but it will take your wax off too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TransAm11973 View Post
    ARE YOU SERIOUS?????!!!!! HORRIBLE IDEA DONT DO THAT!!!!!!!!!!
    Yes I am. And NO...it WON'T hurt a thing. I've used it for years when I worked as a professional detailer for local a Chevy dealership, then my brother's shop. It even used to (might still be) be listed on the side of the can as one of it's uses!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IronBird View Post
    PrepSol (DuPont) is great, but it will take your wax off too.
    Yes it will

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    Quote Originally Posted by IronBird View Post
    Yes I am. And NO...it WON'T hurt a thing. I've used it for years when I worked as a professional detailer for local a Chevy dealership, then my brother's shop. It even used to (might still be) be listed on the side of the can as one of it's uses!
    Used it on the fuel tank of all of my sport bikes (5 total) to remove the glue from the stickers that are put on there to tell you to wear a helmet and follow your owners manual...etc. I am currently using it on the right rear of my Camaro. The guy I bought it from last year had burnt rubber all over it. It's kinda working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IronBird View Post
    Plain ole' Wd-40. Gets it off, and won't hurt the paint either.

    Yes it will!!

    Just spray it down with the WD and let it sit for a while. Them take a nice towel or rag and spray it with the WD also and scrub it..... It'll come right off.
    Quote Originally Posted by craig02ta View Post
    stuff has thousands of uses,i put it on my DD wheels in the winter protects them and repeals dirt. could put it on the whole car if you really wanted to probably the shinest it could ever look.
    Yeah we used to do that back east to protect the wheels from the salt in the winter.
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    Lol....I just saw on "Modern Marvels" (History Channel), the theme: "lubricants" the story/development of said product and I tell ya' man...I lost count of the uses of that stuff!! We also used to remove road tar with a chemical called Varsol...some derivative of kerosene, but I don't know if it was available to the general public or not. Heh...guys used to bring their cars in a lot after holidays that had been "spray painted" by pissed off girlfriends, and they wanted us to remove it. A Varsol "sponge bath" did the trick...but it also removes all the wax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IronBird View Post
    Plain ole' Wd-40. Gets it off, and won't hurt the paint either.
    I have also used it...with no adverse results.

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    The best product I've found is a spray pump bug and tar remover that can be bought at any Harley Davidson store. Also, GooGone would probably work well too. I'm just not sure if it will damage your finish.
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    I've used WD-40 as well and it has never harmed my paint. I always clean up after it with some detail spray just to make sure.

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    good to know about the wd-40 as it's cheap and i already have some in the garage. i'll try it this weekend!

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    either way i will never put wd-40 on my paint

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