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Tar remover recommendations

Post by swoakes » Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:22 pm

Can anyone recommend a good product....the white daily drivers are covered in tar at low level.

I had some years ago that you sprayed on, it dissolved the tar and you just wiped off. Can't remember what it was called :roll:


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Re: Tar remover recommendations

Post by DavePoole » Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:31 pm

I'm sure the late Chris Lloyd used to say WD40 did the trick?


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Re: Tar remover recommendations

Post by peter freeman » Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:26 pm

White spirit ?



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Re: Tar remover recommendations

Post by Corky » Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:42 pm

I use the autoglym stuff. Very good indeed.


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Re: Tar remover recommendations

Post by toomanysabres » Sat Feb 13, 2016 3:36 pm

White spirit has always been the recommended stuff at least it will be the cheapest option to try I would think.


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Re: Tar remover recommendations

Post by swoakes » Sat Feb 13, 2016 4:15 pm

Corky wrote:I use the autoglym stuff. Very good indeed.
Tried that today Steve; applied to the tar, left if for a while and you still had to rub hard to remove even small spots :(


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Re: Tar remover recommendations

Post by Corky » Sat Feb 13, 2016 4:55 pm

swoakes wrote:
Corky wrote:I use the autoglym stuff. Very good indeed.
Tried that today Steve; applied to the tar, left if for a while and you still had to rub hard to remove even small spots :(
Tar that's been on a while does take a bit of time but I wouldn't rub too hard, just soak a little longer. If you catch it within a few days though, it just wipes off.

I've tried the Halfords own version and it was a complete waste of money. I've also tried the wipes, which were useless too.


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Re: Tar remover recommendations

Post by swoakes » Sat Feb 13, 2016 5:40 pm

Corky wrote:I've tried the Halfords own version and it was a complete waste of money. I've also tried the wipes, which were useless too.
Yep don't want to waste my money :wink:


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Re: Tar remover recommendations

Post by PoshTwit » Sat Feb 13, 2016 5:45 pm

Krystal Kleen Details Tar-tastic is a mild, spray gel tar remover.

Spray it onto the car and then ignore it for 5, 10, 15, 30 minutes depending how much tar there is, wipe with a microfibre and rinse well.

I have left this stuff on a panel of my van as a trial in direct sunlight for an hour with no ill effects.

There are other ones I use but this is the best suited for all round use particularly on more delicate finishes.


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Re: Tar remover recommendations

Post by Roger Pennington » Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:19 pm

PoshTwit wrote:Krystal Kleen Details Tar-tastic is a mild, spray gel tar remover.

Spray it onto the car and then ignore it for 5, 10, 15, 30 minutes depending how much tar there is, wipe with a microfibre and rinse well.

I have left this stuff on a panel of my van as a trial in direct sunlight for an hour with no ill effects.

There are other ones I use but this is the best suited for all round use particularly on more delicate finishes.
Does it affect any existing polish/wax/sealant finishes applied, or does it only remove the tar, and leave the rest intact?


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Re: Tar remover recommendations

Post by Darren C » Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:28 pm

Cif cream, my best kept secret.

Supermarket home brand 89p

Ideal for tar spots, baked on brake dust on alloys, baked on squashed flies in summer, cleaning rust stains & spots off Chrome and cleaning light colour leather interiors. :D


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Re: Tar remover recommendations

Post by scimjim » Sat Feb 13, 2016 10:05 pm

and taking a layer of paint off - it's more abrasive than Farecla G3 :shock:


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Re: Tar remover recommendations

Post by Darren C » Sat Feb 13, 2016 10:28 pm

Nope, that's an urban myth, you're thinking of Ajax.


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Re: Tar remover recommendations

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Re: Tar remover recommendations

Post by PoshTwit » Sun Feb 14, 2016 7:37 am

Roger Pennington wrote:Does it affect any existing polish/wax/sealant finishes applied, or does it only remove the tar, and leave the rest intact?
Any product that dissolves tar will affect a natural wax or polymeric product. It will most likely not completely remove it (the only sure fire way to do this is to use a light abrasive compound) but it will weaken it.

Given that you would probably only do a full decontamination involving such a product on a maximum of a quarterly basis then re-applying your protection afterwards should be done as a matter of course.

If you have invested in a glass or ceramic coating you should not have affected it.


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