How to Remove Tar From Car Paint

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Remove tar from car paint by applying tar remover to a rag and rubbing vigorously to get remove the tar. Avoid leaving tar remover on the car for long periods of time with advice from a certified mechanic in this free video on cleaning cars.

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Good afternoon. My name is Tom Brintzenhofe, certified master mechanic, from Redding, Pennsylvania, and today, I'm going to talk a little bit about how to remove tar from car paint. It's not too difficult. The first thing you want to do, is stop at your local parts store. Turtle Wax makes a great product, a bug and tar remover. It takes a little bit of elbow grease, but it gets the job done. I have some industrial bug and tar remover here. Unfortunately, you can't buy this at your local store, but just spray a little bit on your rag. You want to keep it, the runoff, as much as possible off your paint, but the easiest thing to do, is get some on your rag. You're going to have to work, it takes a little bit of elbow grease, so just rub it back and forth, and work it in a little bit. Like I said, this isn't an easy job, you do have to scrub a little bit here, but it's relatively pretty simple, just rub it in there pretty good. Take a clean rag when you're all done, and wipe it off. It would probably be a good idea too, when you're all done, said and done, getting your tar off here, to put a little water on a rag, and wipe it off again, because this is not something you want to leave sitting on your paint for a long period of time. It will eventually eat through your paint, so get yourself a nice, wet cloth, and wipe it off. Make sure it's all off there, but that's about how simple it is, to getting tar off your vehicle's paint.

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