View Full Version : how to get tar and tape crud off paint?

10-13-2000, 07:20 PM
I got some tar from roofing material on my rear bumper AND, also, I taped plastic over my windows with masking tape that now doesn't fully come off. I'm doing good, so far, huh? http://www.caraudioforum.com/smile.gif

How do I get this crap off w/o hurting my paint!!!!?


10-13-2000, 07:28 PM
they sell a liquid in auto parts stores that is made specially for dissolving tar, and for that tape on the windows, try some paint thinner,

10-13-2000, 07:37 PM
for the windows u can also use denatured alcohol at hw stores everywhere. it shouldnt mess up ur paint either, but i dont think it'll work on the tar. a guy i know who had a brand new mustang gt used denatured alcohol to get tape adhesive off panels, paint was alright, didnt leave a streak or anything bad at all.

10-13-2000, 07:39 PM


10-13-2000, 07:43 PM
theres this stuff called goobgone its orange it works sweet and doesn't eat up your paint like paint thinner....... get it its at home depot it also gets gum out of clothes and other useful stuff

10-13-2000, 09:32 PM
Two words. Clay bar.

10-13-2000, 09:45 PM
I have this stuff called bug, tar and sap remover. It comes in a yellow spray can and is sold in the automotive departments of Target and WalMart.

10-13-2000, 11:21 PM
Doob, I don't know what a clay bar is. Any more info?

Thanks guys...I will track down some of these items and let you know if they help. I'm glad it doesn't sound like I'm screwed!


10-13-2000, 11:31 PM
I detail cars for a living,the trick is to put some THINNER on a rag and rub it in a circluar motion on tar, it should come off the first couple of rubs.this also works on that sticky sh@t that is left behind when you remove tint.

10-13-2000, 11:38 PM
on glass, you can also simply use brake fluid to remove stick crap....we do it when we remove inspection sticks and registration stickers at work.

10-13-2000, 11:54 PM
Go to www.zainobros.com (http://www.zainobros.com) to learn more about the clay bar system and their other kick *** car polish products. This is what I use on my Trans Am and it is the best I have ever used. Bug guts on the front of the car wash off with ease after it's been Zaino'd. Zaino is a multi step polish system that is just incredible IMO. Go to their site and read up on what they have to offer.

10-14-2000, 12:23 AM
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned WD-40!

10-14-2000, 12:33 AM
ISE can kiss my ***.

[This message has been edited by 1966Ford (edited 10-13-2000).]

10-14-2000, 12:45 AM
There is stuff called "GOO GONE" (not Goo B Gone). It is like a citrus liquid that you p ut on the sticky surface for a couple of minutes and it just wipes off. Its the best, I used it when I removed my pinstripping and it didn't mess the paint up.

10-14-2000, 03:42 PM
by the way rob, how is the install going???

10-14-2000, 04:55 PM
slow. I hope to start messing w/ the important stuff today and tomorrow. Like the doors and HU, right now it's still sound damping....I'm sure I'll come up w/ a ton of questions!!! Thanks for asking. http://www.caraudioforum.com/smile.gif

10-15-2000, 12:45 AM
this is my last wk of working during the day, thats why im avail almost all day on this forum. but next friday i go on vacation and that includes attending the iasca finals. then when i get back two wks from now i'll be working nights so i wont be avail anymore unless ur a night owl

10-15-2000, 03:06 AM
if all else fails...2 words:

Belt Sander


10-16-2000, 03:58 AM
Baby oil...

10-16-2000, 04:03 AM
go to your local auto paint store and ask for Dupont 3812s quick dry enamel reducer - works good.