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Old 09-04-2018, 11:06 PM   #1
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Heads up on tar remover

Having spent 20 quid on 3 bottles of ag tar remover for my car I was on the look out for something more economical, happened to come across some in Screwfix recently, 5ltr for 30 quid. Not marketed for automotive but since it was cheap and non corrosive I thought it was worth a punt.

Having used it on my 2 front wheels (alloys removed from car, hadn't been done since car was first bought) I can say I was impressed.

I did a mini test whilst cleaning the alloys as the tar was very very thick and there was no difference between ag tar remover and the one from screwfix.

Tar melted with both and was visibly broken down by both at same rate.

Only difference was cost.

Product is called ZEP.

Just thought I would share.

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Old 10-04-2018, 12:37 AM   #2
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You mean this stuff - https://www.screwfix.com/p/zep-comme...ver-5ltr/5884x

I think I'll stick with this for the money - http://car-chem.com/store/tar-glue-remover-5ltr
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:56 AM   #3
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Why not buy 5 litres off your local autoglym rep for around the same money
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Old 10-04-2018, 08:00 AM   #4
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Autosmart Tardis is very highly regarded, and in my experience, is a very effective far remover. You could try an Autosmart rep, as they'll sell you a gallon of Tardis for less than £30.

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Old 10-04-2018, 08:12 AM   #5
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Why not buy 5 litres off your local autoglym rep for around the same money
If it's anything like round here, you can't get hold of them / buy from them, so frustrating at times...

I've the small bottles you can buy, but does last a long time as I dab onto spot of tar and wipe away. Wouldn't last very long if you were spraying it...

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You mean this stuff - https://www.screwfix.com/p/zep-comme...ver-5ltr/5884x

I think I'll stick with this for the money - http://car-chem.com/store/tar-glue-remover-5ltr
yeah thats the stuff.

is the stuff you linked to decent?

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Why not buy 5 litres off your local autoglym rep for around the same money
didnt know i had one

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Autosmart Tardis is very highly regarded, and in my experience, is a very effective far remover. You could try an Autosmart rep, as they'll sell you a gallon of Tardis for less than £30.

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yeah was going to buy tardi as i heard its good, 40 quid for 5ltr though and can only buy online

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If it's anything like round here, you can't get hold of them / buy from them, so frustrating at times...

I've the small bottles you can buy, but does last a long time as I dab onto spot of tar and wipe away. Wouldn't last very long if you were spraying it...
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yeah thats the stuff.

is the stuff you linked to decent?
Yes it is very good.

I'm not saying this stuff from screwfix is any good or not but I'd rather stick to a product made and tested specifically for the automotive industry than an industrial strength product used by builders, plus it is cheaper than your stuff
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Tardis is basicaly white spirit with some Xylene

3 COMPOSITION/INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS
INGREDIENT CAS NUMBER: PROPORTION (%W/W)
White Spirit 64742-48-9 30-60%
Xylene 1330-20-7 30-60%
Other ingredients determined not to be hazardous To 100%

And the sreffix stuff is petroleum based

Solvent naphtha (petroleum), light arom. 64742-95-6 >= 30 - < 50
Citrus, ext. 94266-47-4 >= 20 - < 30
Kerosine (petroleum), hydrodesulfurized 64742-81-0 >= 10 - < 20
4-Nonylphenol branched, ethoxylated 127087-87-0 >= 1 - < 5

I know which one I would opt for
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as with a lot of things, similar products will remove it, EG tar can be removed by petrol as they are made up of the same crude oil products.... just working out which ones are best, safe and cheap i guess!
i've used petrol on a rag before on my wheels and it worked well and no ill effect
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Tardis is basicaly white spirit with some Xylene

3 COMPOSITION/INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS
INGREDIENT CAS NUMBER: PROPORTION (%W/W)
White Spirit 64742-48-9 30-60%
Xylene 1330-20-7 30-60%
Other ingredients determined not to be hazardous To 100%

And the sreffix stuff is petroleum based

Solvent naphtha (petroleum), light arom. 64742-95-6 >= 30 - < 50
Citrus, ext. 94266-47-4 >= 20 - < 30
Kerosine (petroleum), hydrodesulfurized 64742-81-0 >= 10 - < 20
4-Nonylphenol branched, ethoxylated 127087-87-0 >= 1 - < 5

I know which one I would opt for

thought i heard that most tar removers had d-limonene in them.
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