Detailing Bodywork Tar Remover?

Discussion in 'Detailing & Cleaning' started by legend-ary, Monday 21st Mar, 2016.

  1. legend-ary Moderator Staff Team

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    Hi, Not really a query for myself but a family member with a pearl white car (lets assume it is an unknown brand) :Wink:

    I was helping him clean it and it has a lot of tar like spots just aft of the wheels and the wheels themselves are diamond cut alloys and they have a lot of brake dust. I told him there are specialized products for this and he shouldn't 'rub' it down. Going through threads I can see a few products that have been mentioned:

    CarPro Iron X
    Billberry Wheel Cleaner

    Was wondering if there is anything we need to be careful of when using these? From what I gathered is that IronX is spray on, leave for a few minutes and same with Billberry.. .is that correct? I will use the same stuff on Katto so it is in my interest to make him buy the right stuff ;D
     
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  2. chris2982 Premium Member Club Supporter

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    I use the carpro trix , which is a combination of the iron x and the tar x.. never had any issued, even on the paint work... not sure about the diamond cut alloys though.

    CarPro UK - Search Results for "trix"
     
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  3. jd1959 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    Each to their own and many would only suggest proprietary chemicals. I've found any type of light oil works WD-40, sunflower or strangely enough peanut butter works well. If your going to re-wax a petrol or white spirits rag will rid you of the tar quick and easy but it will strip the wax as well. I wouldn't suggest it for a new car but I use it once or twice a year before claying. We have two pearl white cars and the Irish version of resurfacing roads consists of tar and chippings. Does my head in.
     
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  4. PeteMM Premium Member Club Supporter

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    diesel.

    It really is as simple as that.

    Makes the job very easy, follow it up with a proper wash and a couple of coats of good polish. I am guessing that the fact the tar has been allowed to build up it hasn't seen much in the way of polishing/waxing
     
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  5. FirstHonda Premium Member Club Supporter

    I haven't got any yet, but based on reviews this stuff is definitely on my next order.

    @legend-ary if the car has been waxed, then as an easy solution available from Halfords the Autoglym 'tar remover' does a sound job, even though it sometimes need more work than the best products.

    All of the tar shown on my white CR-V was easily removed with it, albeit it is thoroughly waxed (post #18)

    http://hondakarma.com/threads/anyone-else-clean-their-car-today.21772/live?page=0
     
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  6. legend-ary Moderator Staff Team

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    @FirstHonda as much as my cousin loves his car, he has always taken it to regular car wash places so I doubt there is even a micron of wax on it. He owned a pressure washer for 2 years and I was the one who used it on a car for the first time. I guess I will give him the options and let him choose. :Smile: but thanks for the links I am going to actually buy a claybar for Katto as you recommended in the thread.
     
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  7. jd1959 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    Make sure you use lots of lubricant (car soap and water in a spray bottle work well)
     
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