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Old 07-10-2019, 07:02 PM   #1
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tar on trailer

Please excuse me if this has already been dealt with, but I'm curious if anyone has a good solution for removing tar splatters from the front of our trailer.

We went through some construction and came out the other side a little messier!

I'm worried about scratching the fibreglass if I use the wrong product.

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Old 07-10-2019, 07:09 PM   #2
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Turtle Wax Bug 'N' Tar.
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:11 PM   #3
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Turtle Wax Bug and Tar remover works but you will have to redo the wax, slow process.
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:11 PM   #4
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:12 PM   #5
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I've found Turtle Wax Bug 'N' Tar leaves the spot shinier than surrounding area.
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:41 PM   #6
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Most any solvent will work. In my youth, I used diesel fuel. Most likely kerosene and 91% rubbing alcohol would work too. Naptha too but then you are getting into some pretty volatile stuff. Of course, you would have to followup with a couple of coats of wax after a solvent.
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:16 PM   #7
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By far the best product I’ve used to remove tar is Schaeffer’s Citrol. I purchased it at a Napa auto parts store. It’s a citrus based degreaser. It rinses off with water. Great product!
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:17 PM   #8
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Tar

WD 40 works. Don't know what it does to the wax.
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Old 07-10-2019, 09:01 PM   #9
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If the tar is just the oil then all of the solvents listed above will work. If there’s sand or tiny gravel in the tar I’d make sure you saturate the spot with the solvent liberally and then cautiously wipe the spot away NOT scrub at it with a circular motion. Change rags often.
Take your time and be liberal with the solvent.
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Couple jackstands and pull the tires and wheels so Rita can do the wheel wells and the inner wheel faces. I’m such a nice guy.
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Old 07-10-2019, 09:23 PM   #10
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I pick-up road tar occasionally on my vehicle & trailer. I have tried bug & tar remover, but have better results with WD-40 or another product I use called Tarminator by Stoner (comes in spray can) Use directions regarding testing out on a small area. Maybe not on decals. After using either of these products, I wash with soap & water then reapply wax the area. Check out tariminater on the internet. just my 2 cents for what their worth...Fgunderson
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