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Ugggh! TAR!...(7 posts)

Ugggh! TAR!...asphalt assault
Aug 17, 2003 5:20 PM
I got tar all over my bike today and am wondering what's good to take it off. I picked up some bug and tar remover made by Turtle Wax from the auto parts store but it's completely useless, I might as well use diswashing liquid!

There used to be some automotive bug and tar remover made by Gunk on the market but I havn't been able to find it anywhere. I remember that it smelled like kerosene or deisel fuel. If I used fuel oil would it damage my tires? I'm not worried about harming paint because it's a brushed Ti frame with no decals.

Is there any other common hardware store item that I can use that won't harm anything?

Ugh...what a mess!
WD-40 always worked for me...(nm)The Walrus
Aug 17, 2003 5:35 PM
Disk Brake CleanerAtombomber
Aug 17, 2003 6:37 PM
It evaporates very quickly so it doesn't have time to work at the tire.
Goo Gone... nm.russw19
Aug 17, 2003 6:41 PM
Cool...asphalt assault
Aug 18, 2003 2:23 AM
I have all three of these items sitting on the shelf in my garage, I don't even have to run to the hardware store:)
3M General Purpose Adhesive CleanerBNA_roadie
Aug 18, 2003 2:21 AM
Won't harm cured paint, great stuff!
Baby Oil...proven effectiveParker
Aug 18, 2003 8:32 AM
I used to live along the CA's central coast and some of the area's beaches were plagued with tar balls that would wash up on the beach.
A nice walk along the shore would result in tar feet which we would take care of with a scott towel and some baby oil.
Broke up the tar and took it right of.
I've never tried it on paint, but I bet it'd work.
Works well on pine sap too (from lots of experience)