Remove Tar from Car Finish ! Car Cleaning Tips


Published: 08/10/2012

by Robert Johnson


A drive along the scenic idyllic 280 can turn into a nightmare for your car’s paint. What is that blackish- grey gunk plastered across your car's hood? On closer examination, you see that it is nothing but decomposing carcasses of bugs. The enzymes secreted ends up decomposing more than just the bug. . it wreaks damage on your cars paint.

Imagine you park your car under a tree, to prevent it from being out in the hot sun. You return to find it covered with bird droppings, tar, or tree sap. These need to be removed immediately before they damage your car paint.

Since tar is a solvent based substance, use a good Synthetic Enamel Reducer. Do not use acetone or gasoline. Apply the solvent to the affected spots, and use a soft cloth to wipe it off. Your car will need to be waxed after this.

There is another lesser known product that helps get rid of bug spots. No you will not find it in the Auto Repair Center. You look for it in your favorite supermarket!! Yes its Peanut Butter! While it helps make a mean sandwich, it is very effective in removing dead bugs too! Apply peanut butter to the affected area, let t sit for 30 seconds and then wipe it off!

Here are some quick fixes to keep your car bug free.

Attack the spot when it is relatively fresh. If it a small spot, use a microfiber cloth and a quick detailer to wipe the spot.

If you need a stronger solution, Diamondite Bug Eraser Waterless Bug is a better detailer. It helps weaken the bond between the paint and the bug and helps clean up the spot.

For more stubborn spots, try using a product that dissolves the bug. Stoner XENIT and Tarminator, Poorboy’s World Bug Squash, and Wurth Tar Remover, P21S TotalCar Wash and Meguiars All Purpose Cleaner Plus are all well reputed cleaners. But be warned that this might damage your paint.

Tar spots are especially difficult to remove. This is because tar is made up of wood, coal or oil. A car wash alone will not remove it. There are specific cleaners to help clean tar.

A simple but effective method to eliminate tar stains, is to use diesel. Using a clean cloth , apply diesel to the affected areas. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then wipe off using another clean cloth. You should see a marked difference in the stain. This is safe on the paint.

Or you could try using some "3M General Purpose" or “WD-40”. Spray it on the tar, let it sit for a bit and then wipe clean. If the tar is thick, use a scrubbing pad. Any paint that is scratched off by the scrubbing pad can later be buffed.

Remember the jar of peanut butter? You can also use that to get rid of the tar!Again, apply it to the affected spot, let it sit for 30 seconds and then wipe clean. You may need to repeat this a couple of times.

After you have eliminated the bug/tar/ bird dropping stains, use a good quality wax or paint sealant. Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant 3. 0 or Pinnacle Signature Series II Wax are both excellent products. They make the surface slick and prevent bugs from hanging on.

If the problem persists or if none of the above solutions work for you take your car to your nearest Auto Repair or Car Service Centers. But ensure that your service center is budget friendly!