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kinioo 14-09-2017 11:02 AM

Tar Remover - which one ?
Hi all,

During my last car wash I used Auto Glym Tar remover and TBH - it didnt work at all !!

So I am looking for something which actually does work BUT doesn't do any damage if sprayed/applied to other parts (black trim/chrome etc.)

What do you use / recommend guys ??


Gorselea 14-09-2017 11:22 AM

Autosmart Tardis

steelghost 14-09-2017 11:39 AM

Auto Glym does work, but you need to give it time. Autosmart Tardis is the classic trade tar remover, it's very powerful but it will dissolve the pigment out of black trim and leave them permanently marked.

For whatever reason I don't tend to find myself needing to remove much tar, I'm still working through a bottle of Auto Finesse ObliTARate I bought a while back. I tend to use it by spraying onto a cotton make up pad (which you can pick up for a couple of quid for a hundred or more, very handy thing to have to hand) and holding it onto the tar spot. Much more economical with product than soaking a whole panel with it, and better for the environment too. But ultimately any tar remover aggressive enough to remove tar quickly will also be dangerous for trims.

If I needed some more right now I'd probably pick up some of the CarChem product.

neilmcl 14-09-2017 12:20 PM

Tardis is probably the strongest you can get, maybe a bit too strong for some.

My personal choice is CarChem Tar & Glue remover. I tend to use it purely for road tar, ie, around the lower parts of the car, around the wheel arches etc, for other bonded contaminants such as tree sap etc and stuff that can get stuck further up the car and around trims etc I find a good insect remover, such as Autoglanz Bug Off, is more than sufficient and isn't destructive to black or gloss trims.

Gixxer6 14-09-2017 12:55 PM

I second ObliTARate, also had a bottle for a few years and it works very well.
WD40 also works for removing tar although not as effective as a dedicated tar remover.

Welshquattro1 14-09-2017 12:57 PM

Tardis is the best tar remover but some find it a bit strong and I would only get it from one of their reps. I use Obsession wax's Purge as it works really well and has a citrus scent not the chemically some lol like most. What I like is it's a thickish liquid so when you spray it on it just doesn't just run off. I've had it on my wife's car which has plastic trim and had no problems with it. It comes in a spray bottle but I have used it with a old Microfibrer and just dabbed it on if its only the odd tar or tree sap spot.

Sam6er 14-09-2017 01:58 PM

Autoglanz spartar is one of my favourites. Works very well. I didnt get on with Auto Glym tar remover either.

JayMac 14-09-2017 02:03 PM

TARDIS is good, so is ObliTARate!

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Richard151 14-09-2017 02:32 PM

As the owner of a white car tar is my nemesis and best product I've found (and I've tried quite a few) is Tardis, it's highly effective and pretty cheap only down side is as mentioned above if not rinsed off properly it will damage trim.

Jev 14-09-2017 03:15 PM

All the same base chemicals just a different bottle and different price. Tech i normally use but don't sell in 5 litre.

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