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Tar remover suggestions?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by NMTrailRider, May 11, 2019.

  1. May 11, 2019 at 7:49 PM
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    NMTrailRider

    NMTrailRider [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I picked up some Meguiars Ultimate bug and tar remover and it isn't putting a dent in the tar on my truck.

    Any recommendations for a product that's like the stuff we could get years ago? You'd put it on a rag, wipe, and the tar would almost melt right off.
     
  2. May 11, 2019 at 9:16 PM
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    AMarkham40

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    Stoner's Tarminator has worked well for me.
     
  3. May 11, 2019 at 9:28 PM
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    Goo gone maybe? Worked well for getting really sticky adhesive residue off my truck. Let it soak a bit and use a heat gun or hair drier to warm it up so it comes off easier.
     
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  4. May 11, 2019 at 11:04 PM
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    NMTrailRider

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    Haha Dammit. That was sitting on the shelf right next to the Meguiars! The Meguiars is nothing more than an APC as far as I can tell. A disappointment to be sure. The old turtle wax tar remover just melted tar right off.
     
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  5. May 11, 2019 at 11:13 PM
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    Turtle Wax has a bug/tar remover that has worked well.
     
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  6. May 12, 2019 at 9:55 AM
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    CarPro Tar X or CarPro TRIX tar and iron remover next time you place an order.
     
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  7. May 12, 2019 at 9:58 AM
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    Optimum t.a.r. If that doesn’t work I go to wd40 then if that doesn’t work, gasoline.
     
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  8. May 12, 2019 at 11:18 PM
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    hemitruk

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    Try tub o towels . Cleaned off some fatmat sound deadener off on inside of door jambs easily . Cleaned stained rear fender flair protector really good also. Was going to replace but looks good now . Plus you can use it to clean everything. Pretty impressive cleaning towels.20190512_154533.jpg 20190512_161227.jpg 20190512_152748.jpg 20190512_152731.jpg
     
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  9. May 13, 2019 at 12:51 AM
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    Interesting. I'll check that out. Thank you.
     
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  10. May 13, 2019 at 4:23 AM
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    Try WD-40 . That really cuts grease and will work on tar.
     
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  12. May 13, 2019 at 4:55 AM
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    Replacing everything worn, broken, and rusted.
    Avoid Goo Gone and Goof off on plastic. Will discolor.
     
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  13. May 17, 2019 at 1:01 PM
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    Find anything that would work?
     
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  14. May 17, 2019 at 1:24 PM
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    Not yet. Got busy and haven't returned to the tar removal project. Maybe this weekend.
     
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  15. May 17, 2019 at 1:28 PM
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    That's what I used to use but haven't seen it locally for awhile.
     
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  16. May 17, 2019 at 1:50 PM
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    I did a full detail this week & had to break out the Stoner's Tarminator on my rear fenders. Worked great on what I had.
     
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    I used diesel fuel last year. Wiped it on real wet with a rag, let it sit a few minutes, tar wiped right off. A good wash, clay bar and wax and it looked brand new.
     
  18. May 14, 2020 at 3:52 PM
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    I've used this stuff for years - nothing better. It was the original infomercial wax of the '80s. As a wax it's just OK. But, it takes bugs, tar you name it off in a heartbeat - it will even take off residual paint if someone rubs their door against you or grazes your bumper. It is also good for taking light scratches out of your paint. One word of caution - be careful using it on plastic parts where there is a sharp edge - you can polish the pain off if you're not careful.

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  19. May 14, 2020 at 3:54 PM
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    This has worked for me.
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  20. May 14, 2020 at 4:00 PM
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    WD-40

    Been using it as an all over cleaner for tar, oil, road grime, for 35+ years. Never hurt paint.
     

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