How To Remove Tar From Car

Wondering how to remove tar from a car? Tar is typically oil based, therefore, pretty tough to remove from a car. However, with the proper tools and "know-how" tar removal can be accomplished. Its important to remember that at first, you must be gentle in order to remove the tar. The second round of cleaning is all about removing the stain which will require more elbow grease.

What you will need:

  • Vacuum without bristles
  • White Pad/Rag
  • Grease Cutting Liquid
  • Warm Water
  • Paper Towel
  • Goo Gone
  • Lighter Fluid
  1. Soften the tar. Using the Goo Gone, pour it directly onto the tar spot and let it soak for about 30 minutes. This will soften the tar spot and allow for easier clean up.
  2. Apply lighter fluid to the white rag. Dab the rag onto the tar stain until the rag stays white. Its best not to rub the stain in. Simply blot the rag. The lighter fluid lends itself by becoming a solvent in the breakdown of the tar.
  3. Using the grease cutting liquid, paper towel, and warm water, clean the area. The tar may be removed, but the stain still exists. Clean the area thoroughly with the aforementioned items. Its best to rub the area in a circular motion and stay consistent with the motion. Its best to do a few counterclockwise as well as clockwise.
  4. Dry the area. Using a clean, dry paper towel, soak up any excess water that still exists.
  5. Vacuum the area. Using a vacuum without bristles, vacuum over the area to pick up any left over bits from the cleaning agents.
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