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How to Remove Tar Stains from your Car Body

How to Remove Tar Stains from your Car Body

Have you ever tried - and failed - to remove tar stains from the bodywork of your car? With the right know how, that annoying liquid substance - thick, dark and oily - is easier to remove than you think. At OneHowTo, we know a few useful hints and tips that we'd like to share with you. So follow our advice on how to remove tar stains from your car, and you'll soon have your vehicle looking as good as new.

Use raw linseed oil

To remove tar stains from the bodywork, headlights or wheels of your car, a good method to try is to use raw linseed oil. Plus, it's really easy!

First, wash the car with soapy water to remove the surface dirt. Then simply moisten the stain with a small amount of raw linseed oil, and leave it to work for about 5 minutes. Now that the stain has softened up a bit, you can remove it using a cloth or rag. If it won't budge, repeat the process again.

Use extra virgin olive oil

Extra virgin olive oil can also be a good solution for cleaning tar stains without damaging the paintwork. First, wash your car using a sponge and soapy water, and then rinse off with a hose or buckets of clean water.

Next, dip a cloth or a cotton swab into the oil and rub it over the stain to soften and remove it. And when you're done, don't forget to wash your car again with soap.

Use solvents

In addition to these homemade solutions, which usually give pretty good results, remember that in specialist car shops you can also find special products for cleaning tar stains.

If you ask in your regular auto shop, you'll certainly be able to buy some solvent. To use these products properly, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions on the package or ask the shop assistant at your local retailer.

Do you have any other suggestions?

We hope you've found our advice useful. And now we'd like to give you the opportunity to contribute your own tips and tricks on how to remove tar stains from your car. Give us your suggestions in the comments section below.

If you want make the inside of your car feel as clean as the outside, why not read our step by step guide on how to remove the musty smell from your car?

If you'd like to read similar articles to How to Remove Tar Stains from your Car Body, we recommend you browse around our Car Maintenance and Repair category.

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