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Old 07-10-2019, 08:02 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.

Thank you.

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Old 07-10-2019, 08:09 PM   #2
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Turtle Wax Bug 'N' Tar.
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:11 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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I've found Turtle Wax Bug 'N' Tar leaves the spot shinier than surrounding area.
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:41 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, 09:16 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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Tar

WD 40 works. Don't know what it does to the wax.
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Old 07-10-2019, 10:01 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, 10:23 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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I've found any of the above work if I use old dryer sheets as scrubbies. Don't know if it's needed, but I always wax/polish the areas involved afterwards.
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Old 07-11-2019, 07:51 AM   #12
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We recently discovered Krud Kutter at Loews/Home Depot. It is amazing on a lot of difficult stains, including tar. Probably will need to rewax.
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I remember one trip where we got behind a manure spreader, that night I used hot water standing on a picnic table, not a pleasant experience. The flies were incessant...
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I remember one trip where we got behind a manure spreader, that night I used hot water standing on a picnic table, not a pleasant experience. The flies were incessant...
Most American made farm equipment is very well made. I asked one time which manure spreader had the best warranty. My salesman told me none of them came with a warranty. I asked why?.
He said “Because nobody wants to stand behind them”. Rimshot please
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I remember one trip where we got behind a manure spreader, that night I used hot water standing on a picnic table, not a pleasant experience. The flies were incessant...
Reminds me of the time I drove through a cattle drive. Some of the cows were bigger than my RAV4, and they left many "presents" on the road. Took a couple of car washes to remove the "farm perfume".
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Reminds me of the time I drove through a cattle drive. Some of the cows were bigger than my RAV4, and they left many "presents" on the road. Took a couple of car washes to remove the "farm perfume".
I was passing a cattle truck a few years ago on I-5 when when of the bovines let go a heavy stream of liquid through one of the holes in the side...fortunately we had no windows open. The windshield wipers were necessary, but only served to spread it around. Had to make an unscheduled stop to find a hose!
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That bovine was probably trying to get even on its way to the slaughterhouse....
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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.

Thank you.

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Hi,

I had to deal with this a couple of years ago, here's what worked for me, thanks to the forum :

Tar removal ?

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