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Best way to remove tar

Discussion in 'Motors' started by arcamalpha, 27 Mar 2006.

  1. arcamalpha

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,147

    It's time for the post-winter deep-clean, but there's hundreds of tiny spots of tart just behind the front wheels. They come off easily enough with a finger nail, but it would take me all year to do them all.

    Anyone used a good product to get tar off? Then which wax to protect through the summer?
  2. Spanker

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,547

    Location: Snipers hide

    Tar and spot remover ;) Probably best if used on 2k paint though, may remove 1k.
  3. chopchop


    Joined: 14 Jun 2004

    Posts: 6,118

    white spirit, perfectly safe.
    wash the car after tho as it can leave it abit greasy.
  4. Cryfreeman


    Joined: 28 Jan 2003

    Posts: 3,404

    Location: Devon

    always chucked on wd40 here :)
  5. Dup


    Joined: 10 Mar 2006

    Posts: 10,322

    Location: East Lancs

    I went insane on the tar on my car on saturday.

    I have some bug and tar remover, Turtle Wax stuff. I left it on per instructions and it took my 10 mins to remove a few spots. So then I washed it all off and watered down a bit of white spirit. With a bit of it dabbed onto kitchen roll (so its not dripping off) I wiped (in one go most spots) the tar off then followed with soapy water to remove any residue.

    The reason I tried white spirit is becasue a family friend lent me some spray as she worked for Network Q cleaning all the motors. "Industial" stuff she called it. Smelt like white spirit to me, so hence why I tried it.

    I wouldn't reccomend it though, I feel i shouldn't have used it and that i might have ballsed the laquer. Can't see any immediate visible damage though, and it was so, so easy. Unless anyone has anything to say or something better to use. I'll probably use it again. I love being a test dummy.
  6. arcamalpha

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,147

    Yeah - that was my first choice - just wanted to check alternatives. Not sure I fancy using turps, but might try on a small area.

    What does that mean?
  7. Sputnik II


    Joined: 5 Nov 2004

    Posts: 2,547

    Thats what I use. :p
  8. maddad68


    Joined: 1 Feb 2006

    Posts: 368

    BUTTER ;)
  9. F355


    Joined: 21 Mar 2003

    Posts: 2,717

    Location: Hampshire

    1 pack and 2 pack, basically 1 pack (1 part) is the classic cellulose type paint and 2 pack (2 part) is the expoxy type paint used in modern cars.
  10. arcamalpha

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,147

    Cheers F355
  11. danza


    Joined: 28 Mar 2005

    Posts: 13,664

    Location: Drunken badger punching

    A bodyshop next to where I work both uses and recommends WD40. It works like a beast!

    White spirit should also be fine, as WD40 is basically a type of oil with white spirit combined.
  12. Amps


    Joined: 23 Mar 2003

    Posts: 2,652

    Location: Scotland

    Petrol works well. (lighter fuel)