Remove tar from car:

Get rid of tar and bugs before they damage your paint.

Remove tar from car: discover the best way to remove tar off car surfaces -- and bugs, too.

No matter what kind of sticky stain is blemishing your vehicle's paint, Advance Auto Parts stocks the car wash supplies you need to remove the contamination safely. (Along with, of course, a complete line of quality auto parts.)
In general, these car wash supplies work by dissolving road tar, asphalt, oil and bug remains. Paint protection is the common denominator among these car wash products. Some are formulated to also remove stains from chrome, rubber and clear plastic. The underlying goal with these chemicals is to break down the contamination with little or no rubbing required: excessive "elbow grease" can remove paint along with the stain. Always read the label before choosing and using bug and tar remover.

Why you should remove tar and bugs from your car:
Few paint contaminants are as annoying as bugs and tar.
Bug splatters typically populate the front of the hood and fenders while road tar tends to stick to the rocker panels behind the tires. These stains can remain even after repeated car washings. Leaving bugs and tar on your vehicle’s paint can damage today's clear-coat finishes.
New, specially formulated car wash supplies actually dissolve bugs and tar for easy removal.

What you will need to remove tar from car:

Remove tar from car; here’s the do-it-yourself difficulty guide:

Estimated time required - 10 Minutes

Here’s the best way to remove tar off car surfaces -- along with bugs. Save money by doing it yourself.

Bug and tar removers come in three styles: wipe-on cream, spray and easy-to-use wipes. Read the labels to see which is best for your situation.

  1. Name-brand car wash products are formulated to break down bug and tar stains. Apply a concentrated amount of car soap to the stain and let it soak in before normal washing.
  2. The easiest way to remove bug and tar messes is with a pre-treated wipe. Place the wipe on the stain and allow the chemical to saturate it.
  3. Wipe lightly and repeat as necessary for heavy stains. (Don't scrub the stain and risk damaging your paint.) Prepare yourself by keeping bug wipes in your vehicle
  4. Spray-on car wash products are another easy way to attack bug and tar stains. Simply squirt the product onto the stain and allow it to penetrate.
  5. Gently wipe away the newly dissolved stain with a clean towel. Repeat if necessary.
  6. Creams are the oldest style of bug and tar removers. Apply them onto a cloth and gently rub the stain until it breaks down.

Wipe away cream product and stain residue with a clean towel.

Look to Advance Auto Parts for high quality auto parts and advice on the best way to remove tar off car surfaces.