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Old 15-04-2018, 03:25 PM   #1
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Road tar everywhere!!

Not really sure where to put this thread but as I've clayed the car, I've gone with this section.

So washing my car today and the paint felt very odd and grabby. It was only when drying the car that I spotted a small flake of road tar.

I proceeded to feel the paint with my bare hand which felt like sand paper. I recall that the road outside my work has been relaid over the last few weeks.

Tar remover was not so successful so I went in for a clay. No matter
How much lubricant was used, the bar had some friction and there was tonnes of tar coming off the bar. I used all of it on the lower 2/3rds of the car. Top 3rd seems fine.

Now obviously my car is quite marred but at least the black crud is gone. Obviously the wax has been stripped as well and now it is raining! My question is how do I proceed in the following weeks?

I finish working at this place in about 5 weeks then have a decent amount of time off before the next step in my career, which means I'll probably wait to polish until then.

Should I use a tar remover with every maintenance wash (product recommendations please!)? Any other ideas? Is there anything else I could have tried before claying?

Also my lambs wool mitt has little black specs within it. Any ideas of the best way to remove these?

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Old 15-04-2018, 03:42 PM   #2
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Why was the tar remover not successful? if i have tar as bad as that i spray autosmart tardis over the area, let it dissolve and rub over the area gently with a microfiber
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Old 15-04-2018, 03:50 PM   #3
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Tar will ruin a piece of clay quickly due to be sticky, apply a bit more patients with the tar remover, if it does'nt work then you'll need to buy some decent tar remover.
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To be fair it was some old stuff that was in the garage. There wasn't too much of it left so just used it all and didnt really do much. As there were a few chunks of road tar / grit, I didn't want to leave it on in case it baked in further.
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What would you guys recommend in terms of tar remover brands? A lesson learnt I guess wth a little less panic, I could of gone down to local Halfords and tried AF oblitarate.
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I quite like Tardis for the stuff I do. It's powerful at tar removal and works pretty immediatly. Also can get it farily cheap at around 25ish pounds per 5l can .. more normal around 30 I guess.

PS: You surely know that, but do that outside ... covering an entire car with strong tar remover solvent is quite a nasty health issue, if inhaled. Also, no fires :P

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Do I need to meet a local rep to buy it?
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Yep, i wouldn't trust buying a chemical like Tardis from unknown sources.
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Thanks. Where would i find a cost for this product?
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Carchem tar remove works well, fast acting melts the tar away ready for a wipe down with a cloth, can order it in 500ml, 1 litres and 5 litres and delivered to your door.

The problem with removing tar with a clay bar can also cause scratches as you drag the tar/grit particulates across the paint as you pick it up in the clay, you want to remove as much as you possible can before claying any vehicle.

The wash mitt you want to rinse out with clean water run your fingers through the mitt this will remove any dirt and grit collected in the fibres. If the black spots don’t remove you might want to think about putting it through a gentle wash.

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