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I used Goof Off followed by Simple Green, good rinse with hot water and it took off the tar and sap.
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Old 10-16-2007, 01:32 PM
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Use a product made for this... "Oil Flow"....worked wonders in getting all the old cosmoline off from the bottom-side of my car. I've posted several threads on this. Doesn't harm paint.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:46 AM
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I submitted a claim yesterday so now I wait a couple of weeks for a response.

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Old 10-17-2007, 08:21 AM
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BTW - I forgot to mention peanut butter.
Old 10-17-2007, 11:52 AM
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I've had good luck with orange rind-based cleaners to remove tar and glue and many forms of nastyness. Diesel, gas, kerosene, MEK and the like do a great job, but damage the human body and the surrounding area. In my neck of the woods it is known as "Natures Ultimate".

http://naturesultimate.com/

With a little looking around I'm sure you can find it where you live. A particular joy in using it is that it does not damage your hands and there is no worry about fumes or wrecking paint, rubber or your garage floor

-Dan
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Old 10-17-2007, 12:19 PM
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Vegetable oil. Cheap, won't hurt paint. It's the main ingredient of Goop.
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Update:

County insurance adjuster offered me $950 for the tar on my truck and car. I'll probably take it. Plenty for supplies and some of my labor time. Not really willing to take it anywhere.

I appreciate all the advice!


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Our county has been tarring many roads around here and I ended up driving through some of it that had dribbled downhill onto my driving lane. Not possible to avoid while in traffic and I wasn't looking for it either. I'm pissed. It's also on my truck, but my car is clearly more troubling. I spent many hours getting it off the paint, but it's still in the wheelwells and under the car in places. I'm planning to file a claim with the county as it would have been a trivial thing to prevent this from happening with one guy and a mop or broom. There were plenty of guys standing around.... A couple of things...

1. Thoughts about cleaning. What to use? Somewhere I can take it? Any way to get estimates?

2. I'm not sure it can be taken off without spending many dozens of hours and even then, I'm not sure it can be done without ruining the paint or causing other cosmetic damage. There was relatively little that I took off myself. I'm curious what people might think would be the amount of depreciation caused by the tar if I were to try to sell.

The car is an '86 Targa. A good driver (engine and transmission never apart). Cosmetically good but not awesome. Hood could use a repaint.

Opinions would be appreciated.
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BTW - I forgot to mention peanut butter.
Yup, peanut butter works excellent and doesn't damage anything.
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Old 11-30-2007, 08:40 PM
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gas on a rag works; a 5 year old could wipe it off.
sooner the better
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:52 PM
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I use zippo lighter oil a lot around the house but never on a paint job ....

I gotta try the peanut butter.
any preference? Skippy? Creamy I suppose Chunky might be a bit of a problem.
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