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  1. #1 Not Impressed with Blue Coral Bug and Tar Remover 
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    Doing my wife's car today(finally). Second time this year that I've had a chance to wash it. First time I've had the time and energy to detail it. Anyway there is tar and other hard material ( small thin brown splatter like lines) on the bottom and sides of her car. I have tried getting them off with Blue Coral. Now it did get off alot of the tar and other substances but not completely. I first tried to remove the dirt as soon as I put on the cleaner. That didn't take all the dirt off. So the directions say for stubborn dirt let it sit for a minute and wipe off. I did that. More dirt came off but not all of it. So the third and final time I put the BC on and left it there for about 10 minutes. Still more dirt came off but not all of it. Can you recommend a heavy duty tar and road grime remover? Please don't misunderstand me. It's not THAT bad but you know how it is when your detailing your cars.. Thanks. Rick
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    You know what I finds gets the bugs off the best...Stoner's Invisible Glass.
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    Laquer thinner will also but do that at the wash stage and wash off right away then polish and wax right away!
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    This dirt is not bugs. The Blue Coral got the bugs off easy. It's the tar and brown stuff that i'm having trouble with.
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    I'll try the Stoner's since I have it then the paint thinner if nothing else works. Thank you.
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    Believe it or not, I (and several others) have found TW Bug and Tar remover (in the yellow can) to be a very effective tar remover.
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    Thanx 2wheelsx2.
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    OKAY!!

    TIME FOR EVERYBODY TO GET MAD AT ME AGAIN.

    I said this before but, what the heck, I am a glutton for punishment.

    Paint thinner is used to thin liquid paint. It will not, or should not, damage paint that has hardened and cured. It should be safe to use to remove road tar and some of the other 'gunk' that comes off roads.

    LAQUER THINNER, on the other hand, is used to thin laquer (no suprises there - right?) laquer, as you know, is NOT paint. It is ALSO used as a very effective PAINT REMOVER. If you put it on a painted surface, it will remove the paint. It is also the active ingredient in carborator (sp?) cleaner because it effectively removes the varnish build-ups and deposits (of course nobody has carborators anymore).

    For some reason, it seems to remove road tar but, theoretically, it shouldn't. Road tar is bituminous and should actually be impervious to acetone - but apparently it removes it anyway. Probably because it is melting the paint that the tar is sticking to.

    I have nightmares about people putting laquer thinner (acetone) on a highly finished auto paint.

    I'm done.

    PS - how do you spell carborator?
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