Q: I have deep, thick layers of tar on my paint.

asked by on

I have deep, thick, hardened layers of tar on my vehicle. How can I remove this? Thank you! Cathy

The easiest way to remove bug mess and tar from your paint is to lay a pre-treated wipe over the affected area and let it soak. This allows the chemicals to soak in and saturate the tar. Try rinsing off after about 15 minutes. Alcohol towel wipes also do a good job of removing this type of mess as well. Going over the affected areas with a light-duty rubbing compound removes the hardened surface of the tar spots. Then hit the tar with the mineral spirits to remove it. The light-duty rubbing compound softens the tar so the mineral spirits can do the job. YourMechanic has a comprehensive article about removing tar from your car if you need more information. Best of luck.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. I have deep, thick layers of tar on my paint.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Bad bubbling and chipping with paint

You and many mustang lovers have experienced this condition unnecessarily and Ford should step up to take care of this since they knew about it happening to vehicles dating back to 2000 (like the 2000-2003 Ford Ranger). The bubbling and...

Q: Where is the power lock relay on a 2007 Mazda 5 for the front doors

Hello. The front and the rear locks all use the same relay located in the body control module. If only the front locks do not work then you either have a failure in the module or a circuit issue. The...

Q: Car cranks but it won't start - 2003 Nissan Altima

Your symptoms suggest a problem with both camshaft and ignition timing (driven off the cam). Given your mileage, I would suspect a worn timing chain, chain guides, and the chain tensioner. It is also possible the timing chain was loose...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...