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How do you remove "tar dots" from paint?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by slepe67, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. slepe67
    Joined: Jan 22, 2008
    Posts: 1,146


    The State of Florida has decided to resurface a 10-mile portion of luxurious Highway 98 in my area. The newly applied asphalt is all over my truck.

    I have tiny dots about every square inch of my white trucks' sides.

    The dots come off with my thumbnail, but leave a brown stain behind.

    I tried Bug & Tar remover and it didnt do a THING. WD-40, nope.

    Would they come out with rubbing compound?

    Any advice is appreciated (before I ruin the paint out of ignorance)!
  2. dirty4
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 165


    Diesel fuel will clean it off real well.
  3. chrisntx
    Joined: Jan 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,798

    from Texas .

    the local full service car wash uses kerosene
  4. Hdonlybob
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 4,024


    WD-45 will do a good job too.

  5. 32SEDAN
    Joined: Jul 30, 2008
    Posts: 1,308


    Try rubbing alcohol and then hit with clear coat polish. Local HW stores sell a clear solvent that is safe on paint/clearcoat. Same solvent the auto glass installers use... Don't recall the name...
  6. bab59
    Joined: Jul 25, 2008
    Posts: 564


    Clay Bar system works...
  7. Teal32
    Joined: Dec 14, 2008
    Posts: 39


    I always use bug remover/cleaner. Bought it for Love Bugs when we lived in Orlando.
  8. scottydc
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 129

    from Waco TX

    recently found out that Wax and Grease Remover used for paint prep will take it off and is usually safe for most paints.
  9. loco_gringo
    Joined: Sep 2, 2009
    Posts: 583



    It's cheap, you probably have some, and it works well.
  10. The roads dept around here are great fans of tar spraying.
    The wifes OT car was plastered with the stuff.

    Got great results with Autoglym Tar remover.
  11. 1beatnik
    Joined: Aug 12, 2006
    Posts: 201

    from indiana

    Gas works everytime.
  12. Dakota Boy
    Joined: Sep 8, 2010
    Posts: 173

    Dakota Boy
    from Racine, WI

    Mothers Clay Bar Kit is a really nice product.

    I've used it on my daily drivers to take off bug guts, tar, unidentified filth, etc etc.
  13. dellyjonut
    Joined: Sep 19, 2009
    Posts: 127

    from St. louis

    I detailed cars at a dealership for about 4 years. We used acurasolv (SP?) or whats called new car solvent. You can find it at any detail supply outlet. Apply it and let it sit for a second. You will see the tar melt off. It is clear coat safe. Keep applying and wiping and it will do the job. Follow up with a clay bar to knock anything else off. Be sure the solvent is gone (solvent eats clay). Dont use the clay bar first, it would be a mess. I dont think rubbing compound would do much to be honest. Or, swing by St. Louis with a 6 pack and ill take care of it for you :) Good luck!
  14. von zipper
    Joined: Nov 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,014

    von zipper

    High pressure washer at the car wash! That's how I got the white that they stripe the roads with! I asked a guy on the road crew how to remove it, he goes, it don't come off!!! It was a plastic like substance!!
  15. VoodooTwin
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 3,455

    from Noo Yawk

    Gasoline. Follow it up with a wash, and wax.
  16. carcrazyjohn
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
    Posts: 4,844

    from trevose pa

    I was thinking keroscene ,But wax and grease remover sounds the best to me ,
  17. TERPU
    Joined: Jan 2, 2004
    Posts: 2,302


    I had the same misfortune one time in Texas on a fresh oiled road the Dipshit forgot to put a closed sign on. By the time I realized what it was it was too late. WD-40 is really good at removal. Lots of paper towels too. Be sure and throw it away in a big open dumpster to let the towels air dry. Don't want to cause spontaneous combustion for wadding them up in a ball in the heat.

  18. jkherd
    Joined: Mar 13, 2009
    Posts: 83


    :D Creamy Peanut Butter. apply to tar, let set overnight and wipe off in the morning, Its a trick I learned about over thirty years ago. And no I am not pulling your leg.:)
  19. slepe67
    Joined: Jan 22, 2008
    Posts: 1,146


    Whaaaaat? :D
    You win for the craziest response in this thread! I have TONS of that stuff in the cupboards. I'm sure the black bears would come in mass force!!!

    For everyone: thanks for the replies.

    I tried my high power pressure washer and went to two car washes and nada. So far, my thumbnail is the only thing I've tried that gets the little buggers off. I'll re-attack with the WD-40.

    I'll wait for one of my teenagers to get bad grades and have them pop off the dots, and I'll go through with everything mentioned above, and let you know what owrked best. Including the peanut butter!
  20. Claybar and quick detailer
  21. Master of None
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,279

    Master of None

    I would use some PPG DX 3030 wax and grease remover . Shouldn't hurt the paint, but you will have to re-wax obviously.
  22. jkherd
    Joined: Mar 13, 2009
    Posts: 83


    I have used the peanut butter trick many times, the oil in the peanut butter softens the tar so it will wipe off and isn't hard on the wax or the paint. And it will stay where you put it and doesn't run off the body panel or evaporate.
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2011
  23. Smiliesafari
    Joined: Aug 11, 2011
    Posts: 15


    I use mineral spirits. It's a pretty mild solvent.
  24. hoof22
    Joined: Jan 15, 2008
    Posts: 530

    Member Emeritus

    Any automotive pre-paint solvent called "wax & grease remover", like Prep-Sol will work fine. If you feel like scrubbin' and you want to do a really nice job, those Clay Bars are hard to beat! They'll leave the paint nice & smooth. One of the problems with using only wax & grease remover is it won't remove crud that's not solvent soluble, like things that are water soluble. Clay bars will.

  25. 63bigbird
    Joined: Dec 27, 2009
    Posts: 131


    WD-40 works excellent
  26. thorpe31
    Joined: May 4, 2011
    Posts: 166

    from nor-cal

    any asphalt release agent
    Zep Big Orange, don't and leave it on a plastic grille to long. It isn't as rough & doesn't evaporate like carb cleaner.
    Zep liquid Steam is better if you don't care at all.
  27. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,151


    WD-40 will save money. Park inside, spay down area, let it work. What ever solvent you end up using you should wipe down paint clean and dry. A quality cleaner wax will then pull up any fine/left over residue. You can then use a clay bar to really smooth out the surface. Be sure to LOAD it with wax so the next time the surface will be harder for the 'road sling' to stick to.
  28. unkledaddy
    Joined: Jul 21, 2006
    Posts: 2,865


    Mineral spirits. Used to be $2.00/gal, now $12.00/ can get a quart.
  29. evil dead
    Joined: Apr 10, 2008
    Posts: 39

    evil dead
    from canada

    I have always had luck with WD40...but used to use TR808 it was a tar and asphalt remover, they stopped making it for environmental reasons. You could watch it melt and run off. tires were black as could be when you used it too. but wash it off well (ate rubber too.. and asphalt)
  30. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,563

    low budget
    from Central Ky

    I used either spray brake cleaner or spray carb cleaner on the lower portion of my truck,I cant remember which now,but it started running down off the sides imediately and I just wiped it off.
    I couldnt believe how easy it came off and it didnt hurt my paint but I wouldnt say that it wont hurt yours.

    If anyone tries either,test try it at your own risk in a area that wont be seen.:rolleyes:

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