How to Remove Tar from a Car

Of all the harmful substances that can come in contact with your car’s paintwork, tar is among the most damaging. Capable of ruining the appearance of your car to the point where remedial work is needed; it’s essential to remove tar from your car as soon as you spot it.

Here, we’ll explain how tar can damage your car and how you can safely remove it.

Can Tar Damage Your Car?

Tar stuck to your car can cause damage if it’s not removed quickly and carefully. The longer you leave it, the harder it will be to remove, as tar is specifically designed to dry hard as it cures and sets. Leave it long enough and you could be faced with discolouration or permanent damage to the paintwork that will require remedial work to set right.

Why Does Tar Get Stuck to Cars?

The reason why tar gets stuck to your car is that it’s specifically designed to be sticky. The tar that is likely to stick to your car is sometimes referred to as asphalt. It acts to bind the materials that make up a road, but when it is first laid it can be loose and make itself a nuisance by sticking to parts of your car.

How to Remove Tar from a Car

Now that we’ve established that tar can damage your car, you’ll want to learn how to remove it as quickly as possible. Rest assured that by using our guide alongside Simoniz’s Tar, Sap & Glue Remover, you needn’t worry if a stray dollop of tar decides to call your car’s paintwork its home.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you remove tar from your car…

  • Step 1: Preparation

Before you get started, it’s important to make sure that you have the right tools for the job.

Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

  • Simoniz Tar, Sap & Glue Remover
  • Bucket and sponge
  • Simoniz 2 in 1 Car Shampoo
  • Hose/pressure washer
  • Wax and cloth
  • Step 2: Wash your car

You should start the process by washing your car to try and remove the excess tar and dirt before moving on to specialised products.

  • Step 3: Use Simoniz Tar, Sap & Glue Remover on the affected area

Once you’ve given your car a general clean, apply the Tar, Sap & Glue Remover to the affected area by either spraying directly or applying with a cloth, and give it a couple of minutes to work its magic before the next step.

  • Step 4: Wash your car again

Now we just need to wash the car again to remove the product residue and the tar that has caused the headache.

  • Step 5: Wax your car

Finally, wax your car to restore the protective layer that may have been removed during the tar removal process.

So, next time you notice tar on your vehicle, you can be confident in removing it effectively to protect the paintwork and restore your car’s appearance. For more handy guides on keeping your car clean, check out our exterior cleaning advice hub.