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Old 04-04-2006, 06:24 PM
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Help! Roofing tar all over car

My new Pontiac is covered with THOUSANDS of small roofing tar specks. I just noticed it tonight. It's been on there for about a week, as near as we can figure (last time it was parked near a commercial roofing job). What should I do?

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Man that is a bummer! I am sure though someone should be able to help you out. I would offer the advice that our local police deparment offered recently about vandalism but dont think I would try it. We had a rash of spray painting vandals that was walking past cars and putting a "stripe" down the side. Our fine local authories announced on the radio and in the newspaper that " if your car was vandalised, notify the authorities and that it could be removed by scrubbing it off with gasoline." I dont know if anyone tried it, but it made me chuckle when I heard it. Just thought that I would share that funny story.
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When I worked as a auto detailer we would use body solvent which is pretty much the same as zippo lighter fluid. Don't use it in the sun and wax the car afterword.
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Also there are a few products out there like GooGone and Citrus bug and tar remover that might be more gentle but take a lil longer.

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re:Help! Roofing tar all over car

Hi bigkid,

I'm not a knowlegable "auto paint" person, but I've used that bug and tar remover (Turtlewax brand I think) to remove road tar from my wife's snow white '99 Camaro. It seems to do a good job without inflicting any harm to the factory clear coat finish. That might be an option for your problem.

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My new Pontiac is covered with THOUSANDS of small roofing tar specks. I just noticed it tonight. It's been on there for about a week, as near as we can figure (last time it was parked near a commercial roofing job). What should I do?
Go to an auto paint supply store and get a gallon Wax and Grease Remover. Go to a PPG supplier and get the "Omni" as it is the cheapest. Use it with a rag and it will dissolve that tar real fast. Wax the car when you are done.

Mineral Spirits will work also but the W&G Remover is designed for car finishes and the Omni won't cost much more.
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Like Roger said except make sure its not a waterborne and its a solvent base.
Tell them you want the equal to 330 in the cheapest brand.

Also pull car in shade or garage and wet one rag and wipe no more than one panel at a time and dry with dry rag before it dries.
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Wish me luck

All I could get from the local supplier was Nason (Dupont) Silicone Wax Remover. It's supposed to remove wax, road tar, grease and similiar products. It's for "cleaning paint finishes prior to sanding and before refinishing". I'll let you know how it goes.
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All I could get from the local supplier was Nason (Dupont) Silicone Wax Remover. It's supposed to remove wax, road tar, grease and similiar products. It's for "cleaning paint finishes prior to sanding and before refinishing". I'll let you know how it goes.
Nason is to Dupont as Omni is to PPG.

This should work perfectly.
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Best tar remover

Kerosene. Won't hurt the finish.
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Tar is gone.

Thanks everybody. The car looks great.
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