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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-24-2016, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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How to Remove Tar on Hood?

After finishing a 2800 mile trip I found 4 tar like spots on my hood when I washed it. I tried to scrap them off with my fingernails, but they would not come off. I traveled through a lot of road construction areas while on this trip. Any suggestions on how to remove these without damaging my paint? This is on a 2016 model if it makes any difference.

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-24-2016, 01:57 PM
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Re: How to Remove Tar on Hood?

Most any bug and tar remover will do the trick. I use the one from Turtle Wax but there are many different ones out there from all the normal vehicle wash and wax companies.

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Re: How to Remove Tar on Hood?

Most bug and tar removers are largely kerosene. I've also heard that WD-40 will work too.
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Re: How to Remove Tar on Hood?

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Most bug and tar removers are largely kerosene. I've also heard that WD-40 will work too.
I tried that while I was washing the car and it did not work.

I use to keep a can of bug-n-tar removal, but I did not know if it would damage the newer clear coat paints.

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Re: How to Remove Tar on Hood?

I've never had tar on the hood of a vehicle but the bug and tar remover I use takes tar, that has sprayed up on the doors, off every well with no harm to the clear coat paint.

We certainly wouldn't want to mess up our Siren Red paint job.

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Re: How to Remove Tar on Hood?

WD-40 or gasoline on a rag.

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Re: How to Remove Tar on Hood?

Try Bug & Tar remover like has been suggested. Just be careful how you remove the tar. You don't want to grind the tar into the paint which can produce micro scratches. I'd also apply wax to the affected areas.
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Re: How to Remove Tar on Hood?

Goo-B-Gon will remove tar and it a citrus based cleaner that won't harm paint.

A drop or two on the tar or apply some on a soft scrap cloth, let sit for a few minutes, gently rub the spot(s) of tar, then take a clean cloth scrap rag and wipe off. Repeat if some tar remains. Then wipe/wash the area down with car wash and rinse with water.

WD-40 works also, but wash immediately after with car wash and rinse.
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Re: How to Remove Tar on Hood?

hi ,

right on the money JayTee2014

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Re: How to Remove Tar on Hood?

This ended up being pine tree sap. The only way to get it off was to slowly pick it off.

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