Best way to remove small tar?

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  1. talontsiawd

    talontsiawd OT Supporter

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    It looks like road tar, only down one side of the car, i can scratch it free with my nail but the spots are so small you have to be close to the car to even see them and their are hundreds of them down the passenger side of the car.

    I tried to clay bar and that did nothing. Maybe simple green then clay, wax?
     
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    paint thinner and a rag

    polish/wax when done
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Yeah, do that. Or you can use a dedicated tar remover like Stoners.
     
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    Tarminator and a bug pad should take it right off.
     
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    talontsiawd OT Supporter

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    Thanks guys, ill have to get on it next time its a little warm out
     
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    Paulie Walnuts Im an agent of chaos

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    Rub more tar on it, the hot tar will take off the old tar and keep going till you reach the primer.
     
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    Stoner's Tarminator is ftmfw.
     
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    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    :werd:

    I also like 3M General Purpose Adhesive Remover; works wonders for tar and other types of nasty shit on paint.
     
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    I use both too. Mah nigga! :h5:
     
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    Is it safe to buy this Tarminator and use it on a set of rims? I just don't want to be taking off paint, but I'm sure it won't. sorry i'm noob :hsugh: :mamoru:
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    As long as the wheels are coated, Tarminator would be fine. Uncoated alumimum wheels might end up with some staining, so you'd have to clay and polish tar off those.
     
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    should be coated from the factory, but the rims were made 10 years ago so im sure it's a little thin. Which direction do you think I should go?
     
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    they're Volks, so I'm sure the paint quality is pretty good...hopefully :hs:
     
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    Ok, so I tried the Tarminator and it didn't get it out. I think this stuff has been set in for a couple of years :wtc:

    Any suggestions?
     
  15. Dellis

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    Don't use paint thinner.....why? Because it's paint thinner. It "can" jack up your paint.....think about it.

    Are you sure this is tar and not road paint? To check if it's tar try scrapping off the top of the tar with your fingernail and underneath that the tar should be then easy to remove using a solvent like Goof Off or even rubbing alcohol.

    You can use mineral spirits but stay away from actual paint thinners.

    If it's paint then you won't be able to remove just the top portion but you might be able to scrap off the whole paint chip.

    Claying can possibly remove both tar and paint. Hot steam, like that from a steam vapor cleaner, is a great tool for removing tar.

    Good luck
     
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    Try using detailing clay. Worst case scenario would be using plastic razor blades. Lay down a coat of wax, then light glide the razor blade along the paint at about a 30 degree angle.
     
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    word.
     
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    Juztang www.obsessivedetail.com

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    I mainly use Stoner Tarminator as well.
     
  19. flynfrog

    flynfrog Cool isnt Cheap

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    I use charcoal lighter its cheap as dirt and works just as well if not better than most tar removers It shouldn't hurt your paint although it might remove some oxidation
     

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