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Old 18-08-2017, 04:37 PM   #1
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Any Tar Remover Homebrew?

As title has anyone got something for this?

Must be faily easy to make, seems very expensive for what it is.
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Old 18-08-2017, 08:15 PM   #2
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Butter removes tar....really!
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Old 18-08-2017, 08:55 PM   #3
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The neighbours already think I'm daft, so if I start spreading butter on my car in the driveway......

I really am tempted to give this a try though. Cue the thread called "how can I get butter off my paintwork?"

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White spirit.
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Old 18-08-2017, 09:18 PM   #5
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White spirit.
I've heard and read about this a lot
Is it not potentially a bit dangerous?
I assume doing small spots in moderation?



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I've heard and read about this a lot
Is it not potentially a bit dangerous?
I assume doing small spots in moderation?



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I read in to this a while ago and if I remember correctly I think the problem with white spirit is that it's not as easily rinsed of the paint as a proper tar remover and leaves an oily residue behind. I think most tar removers emulsify with water making them more easily removed, I think that's right. I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will correct me if I'm wrong but hope this helps.
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I read in to this a while ago and if I remember correctly I think the problem with white spirit is that it's not as easily rinsed of the paint as a proper tar remover and leaves an oily residue behind. I think most tar removers emulsify with water making them more easily removed, I think that's right. I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will correct me if I'm wrong but hope this helps.
Correct, white spirit will remove tar but it does leave a greasy residue.

Genuine solvent tar removers (e.g. tardis) contain emulsifiers to aid rinsing.
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The neighbours already think I'm daft, so if I start spreading butter on my car in the driveway......

I really am tempted to give this a try though. Cue the thread called "how can I get butter off my paintwork?"

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Spot treat the tar, my Mum used to use it to remove tar from our hands & knees [yes, I'm old enough to remember Summers when it was so hot the tar on the street melted ], worked a treat. Although I'm sure some of the modern, specifically targeting, stuff will do a better/easier job, we're talking about 'home' stuff.
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Spot treat the tar, my Mum used to use it to remove tar from our hands & knees [yes, I'm old enough to remember Summers when it was so hot the tar on the street melted ], worked a treat. Although I'm sure some of the modern, specifically targeting, stuff will do a better/easier job, we're talking about 'home' stuff.
Aah, I remember those times well. You went out on your bike in the morning, and you weren't seen till you were hungry! RE the tar,I honestly never knew that, bud. That's what the youngsters these days would call a life hack, or what we would call a (viz) top tip lol. How we laughed.....

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You could use any oil or fat to dissolve tar to some extent, but the most effective way to do it is with aliphatic hydrocarbons. Unsurprisingly, this is what tar removers contain. The most aggressive tar removers contain increased quantities of xylene, but this is also capable of dissolving the pigment out of plastic trim!

You could use petrol to get the tar off but I'm sure I don't have to explain how bad an idea that would be. White spirit is your other readily available aliphatic but as already mentioned, it will leave a residue.

Given that 5 litres of the stuff is £21 (http://car-chem.com/store/tar-glue-remover-5ltr - and I think there's a DW discount as well) I'm just not seeing there's much value in trying to make your own
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