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Tar and bug removal help!!!

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by JD007F, Jul 17, 2013.

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    Hi guys,

    I have been away for the weekend and I have got loads of bugs and little black bits of tar and cause I have a light silver a3 I don't want to smear the black tar in to the paint work etc!! So what I was wondering what's the best gear to get the tar off?

    Many thanks James.
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    sliced Drive safe, stay alive.

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    Autoglyms tar and bug remover works very well for this
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    Autosmart Tardis for tar.
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    Tardis is good, or ObliTARate from Autobrite.

    This will strip any protection (wax/sealant) on the car just so you know.
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    T-cut works really well on the paint work and covers and scratches as eel :)
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    Ouch I wouldn't use T-cut. That's a polish! You'd be removing a fine amount of clearcoat for no good reason. Tardis gets another vote for me or Chemical Guys Bug & Tar Remover shampoo. Also Iron X is great for iron contaminent particiles and stubborn marks on the lower panels and your alloys, stinky stuff but is safe for paint and wheels and you can watch it melt the stuff away as it turns purple.

    Also a good clay bar after getting the worst off will get rid of any remaining tar etc on the paintwork, just remember to keep it well lubed! (oh er missus!)

    Juicy Detailing is a site sponsor and sells all the stuff you need. There's a detailing section here on ASN and also Detailing World website is well worth a look if you need help/advice/inspiration.
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    Meguiars Clay...
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    This. But be warned, once you go on DW, you may as well kiss goodbye to all your lovely money.
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    Dw??
    Note to self don't use t-cut again lol
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    Detailing World. Yet another forum but this one's full of people
    who luuuurrrrvvve cleaning cars, ad nauseum.
    It's proper addictive and very expensive once you start stocking upon
    all the proper products. I've spent loads on car cleaning gear over the last
    few years.
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    Cheers for all the comments guys! I know juicy Jen ill give her a shout just thought I would ask a few people on here first as Jen doesn't sell certain makes so thought I would check here first. Also clay bars ill give that a miss for the moment I mainly want a spray or shampoo so I can get the tar off when I was the car regally really.

    I'll have a look round are some of theses you guys are recommending a spray on jw?

    Cheers for the quick response guys.
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    Just looked up clay bars and I'm ganna give that a go one weekend. Would love to have a really smooth shinny car lol
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    As long as you keep the car lubbed up (and clean beforehand obviously), they're great. But be prepared to work for the cracking finish!
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    you beat me to it wd40 no need for fancy expensive polishes,clay bars ectect ive a white c plate xr2 show car and that's all I use spray it on and watch the tar dissolve.
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    Wow I actually can't believe that lol! I've only got a few little patches so fingers x that should work a treat then!!

    It's always around the wheel arch etc is there any way of stopping it or is it just life with are roads lol

    Cheers guys
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    Also guys whilst we are taking about car cleaning could you point me in the right direction this is how I clean the car and wha
    T I use but looking to use a wax or polish etc.

    Snow foam depending on how dirty the car is!
    2 bucket method with autoglym shampoo
    Whilst damp autoglym aqua wax and buff till try and shiny!


    But I'm looking to use more what she'll I do after the cars dry and what order I was looking at getting ag super resing polish and then hd wax would that work.

    Cheers guys.
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    Any metallic finish I use thinners.
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    With these roads and these high temperatures, you'll always get loose tar on the road I'm afraid!
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    the best thing to do is to prevent the bugs etc sticking to the car. i travelled 800 miles to aviemore and back and had no bugs stick to my car. i did this by applying 2 coats of wax before i went. prevebtion is better than cure im on DW and its a wonderful magicla place but beware it will sap all your money, my last purchase was the wax which was £60 but it is absolutly fantastic gives my red s3 a wet like look and a much deeper richer look
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    You A3's Silver right? If so, you want to be looking at a decent sealant rather than wax.

    The below stuff came highly recommended on DW when I had my Silver Clio and it really is the dogs danglies. I can't stress how easy it is to use and the results are brilliant. A bit pricey, but you only need to use sparingly and it's definitely worth the money.

    Werkstat Acrylic Kit | Best Selling Synthetic Car Paint Protection Kit
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    Another vote for WD40 from me. Don't wash car 1st. Spray WD40 onto tar spots, leave for a minute and tar should go soft, use a nice clean soft cloth to wipe away. As there is some light oil in the WD40 the paintwork will be all smeared, you will need to wash the car with a nice soapy shampoo.
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