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Old 18th August 2008, 12:40   #1
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Hi, the issue is that I have small coal tar droplets on my bonnet and front bumper. Would appreciate if anyone could help me in finding a way to remove it without minimal damage to the paint.

It happened when a moron overtook me at a high speed on a freshly laid road and threw up all the coal tar on the cars behind him
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Iftex has a product for it, you can also start with diesel and move to iftex.

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IFTEX System Tar & Oil Remover greatly enhances the appearance of the vehicle by making it free of tar, asphalt, undercoating, road oil and dirt. Because of the high quality additive package, IFTEX System Tar & Oil Remover removes the foreign matter without having any effect on vehicle paint..
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Hi, the issue is that I have small coal tar droplets on my bonnet and front bumper. Would appreciate if anyone could help me in finding a way to remove it without minimal damage to the paint.

It happened when a moron overtook me at a high speed on a freshly laid road and threw up all the coal tar on the cars behind him
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Hi, the issue is that I have small coal tar droplets on my bonnet and front bumper. Would appreciate if anyone could help me in finding a way to remove it without minimal damage to the paint.
Go to the fuel station, buy diesel. Simplest and best solution and it wont cost you a fraction of what the 'specialised' tar removers will.

Mix the diesel with car shampoo for best results.
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Old 18th August 2008, 12:55   #4
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Thanks dadu & Steeroid, will surely try your suggestions.
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There is a tar and insect remover from Turtle Wax. Costs around 250 bucks. But this is good for your paint.

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Costs around 250 bucks. But this is good for your paint.
Rs.250 will get you about 7 litres of diesel - he can use 1/4 of a litre for cleaning up the car and the rest to drive his truck for about 80 kms. Diesel doesnt spoil your paint as long as you wash it off immediately, and especially if you add shampoo (or Teepol) to the diesel before application.
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I have used kerosene to remove tar from the running board of my car. Works instantly, no problem ever.


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There is a tar and insect remover from Turtle Wax. Costs around 250 bucks. But this is good for your paint.
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The specialist product is really a mixture of turpentine (or Kerosene) and some finishing product with a foamy substrate. IMHO, this is not worth it and I would second Steeriod's suggestion below.

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Diesel doesnt spoil your paint as long as you wash it off immediately, and especially if you add shampoo (or Teepol) to the diesel before application.
Have tried this on my City and it works like a charm (though I try it mostly only on the running boards on both sides and the bottom part that is not visible normally but collects a lot of muck).

You can also try kerosene (getting it may be a bigger headache though).
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Kerosene should help you in removing the tar. infact the road laying guys either use diesel or kerosene to remove tar residues stuck to their hands i guess.
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Have to add one more thing... both Kerosene and Diesel are dust-magnets and are hard to wash off because of their oily nature. You may have to wipe the panel multiple times with a damp cloth to remove the traces. This is probably where the car shampoo part helps.

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The specialist product is really a mixture of turpentine (or Kerosene) and some finishing product with a foamy substrate. IMHO, this is not worth it and I would second Steeriod's suggestion below.



Have tried this on my City and it works like a charm (though I try it mostly only on the running boards on both sides and the bottom part that is not visible normally but collects a lot of muck).

You can also try kerosene (getting it may be a bigger headache though).
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Rs.250 will get you about 7 litres of diesel - he can use 1/4 of a litre for cleaning up the car and the rest to drive his truck for about 80 kms.
This made my morning -
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also i just wanted to add, steeroid suggested the cheapest and best solution, if in case you want to get a car shampoo before you buy it make sure its not detergent based, but silicone based, all the amway ones are silicone based.

this would do less damage to the paint in long run and to some extent remove these deposits too better compared to detergent based ones.

and these shampoos are way wonderful with oils,grimes from grease and dirt! try finding one.
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spray infected area with WD40.

Tar splatters, Tar marks on your car remove them with ease


A can of Wd40 is about 250 bucks and has a lot of uses.

http://www.wd40.com/files/pdf/wd-40_2042538679.pdf

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I have extensively used petrol with a soft cloth and its not just Tar that it helps get rid of but also other little things that might stick to the paint. The ease with which tar vanishes after applying petrol amazes me. It does not damage the paint and I reckon diesel too behaves similarly. Any alcohol can be applied without any damage. I am very particular about paint quality and finish and if you don't believe it, check out my BHP-Garage
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There is a tar and insect remover from Turtle Wax. Costs around 250 bucks. But this is good for your paint.
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This made my morning -
Didn't think that the suggestion would lead way for joke of the day I also prefer using cost effective solutions, but it is good to know what exists in the market.

Last week I had to remove some white cement that flowed on to my car fender from the car park cieling. I removed it with harpic

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