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Melted Tar Removal(9 posts)

Melted Tar RemovalIngeman
Jun 16, 2003 8:25 AM
I have had a week of high temperature road riding which included regular stretches through melting tar. Besides the extra work load on the legs, I have picked up a load of melted tar on frame and chainset. Does anyone have experience at removing this without damaging the paint job?
I would appreciate any suggestions.
thank you
A good citrus degreaser should work or ...Live Steam
Jun 16, 2003 8:30 AM
some Goo Gone also. Kerosene cuts through tar well and shouldn't hurt the paint at all. What ever you choose to use, let the solvent work to soften the tar first. You won't need a lot of elbow grease then and your finish will be even less susceptible to any damage.
For future reference ...Live Steam
Jun 16, 2003 8:33 AM
after cleaning and washing the residue from the frame, apply a nice coat of wax to it - any will do even furniture polish. The hot tar will then come off much easier the next time this happens. Traet the frame like you treat a car. They both need some protective coating to keep them looking good and for easier maintenance.
At last, a legitimate cycling use for WD-40 (nm)cory
Jun 16, 2003 8:34 AM
At last, a legitimate cycling use for WD-40 (nm)dave woof
Jun 16, 2003 9:33 AM
WD 40 removes tar lickety split. The only thing it should be used for on bicycles.

paint thinner nmmohair_chair
Jun 16, 2003 8:48 AM
re: Melted Tar RemovalSpoiler
Jun 16, 2003 9:39 AM
I use TurtleWax bug and tar remover that comes in a spray can. It says it's safe for clear coat finishes. It also works great for removing resin from my waterpipes.
They also have bug and tar remover in paper sheetsDave Hickey
Jun 16, 2003 9:49 AM
I bought some this weekend. It comes in a tub and works great.
I hope you rinse them well, unless ...Live Steam
Jun 16, 2003 9:53 AM
you like the extra buzzzzzzzzz! :O)