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Offline Exonian

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Tar and Fall-Out Removers
« on: 09 March 2021, 12:57 »
First proper wash after winter for my runabout car (which has never been polished or waxed in the four and a half years I’ve owned it) and now I can see the paint in all its spotty glory.
The wash mitt was badly dragging over the upper panels and the lower panels have more tar spots than a polka dot skirt has dots.

Having been a long time user of Tardis and Iron-X a delve into my cleaning stuff box revealed the Tardis has mostly evaporated and the Iron-X is almost empty too.

So, being as these are fairly old products now and will need replenishing anyway, does anyone have any preferred alternatives I could try?
Nothing too aggressive as I don’t want to wreck my driveway!
2020 GTI Clubsport
Prior to that a couple dozen other warmed over VWs


Offline SRGTD

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Re: Tar and Fall-Out Removers
« Reply #1 on: 09 March 2021, 13:32 »
I use either Valet Pro Dragon’s Breath or Car Pro Iron X for iron fallout removal. Both stink to high heaven but they are pretty effective.

I’m currently using Valet Pro Citrus Tar and Glue Remover to get rid of tar spots. It smells of oranges (makes up for the smell of the iron fallout removal products) and removes tar spots without too much effort. I find that by dabbing some on the affected area and leaving it to soften the tar spots for a few minutes, followed by a wipe off with a soft microfibre usually does the job, although it might be necessary to repeat on really stubborn tar spots.

Best to apply a couple of coats of wax or sealant afterwards to add some protection.
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Offline Watts

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Re: Tar and Fall-Out Removers
« Reply #2 on: 09 March 2021, 14:13 »
I use Carpro too, I bought a new formula that they claimed was less offensive on the olfactory system, but they lied. Works well though. Might be worth getting a clay mitt too, my Wo-Wo one has been great and is really quick to use, makes a big difference for minimal effort.
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Offline Exonian

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Re: Tar and Fall-Out Removers
« Reply #3 on: 09 March 2021, 14:22 »
Thanks SR :afro:
I may well give Valet Pro products a visit, it’s good to have a change now and again.

Polish and wax that old thing? Nah, not gonna happen!   :grin:
It’s gets a regular bath using CG Citrus Wash & Gloss (as recommended some years ago by our detailing mod) which to be fair does give it a semi-decent lustre on its own.
Having said that my OH does keep threatening to buy me a DA polisher for my birthday or Xmas to help stop me moaning about the state of my paint, but I’d rather it be a retirement present so I’d actually have time to spend properly on the car! Only another 15 - 20 years to go! 

Thanks also Watts, I do have a clay mitt somewhere. Last I remember some QD stuff leaked all over its packaging in my garage   :rolleyes:
I can’t really be bothered to spend time claying these days, I’ve become a “wash ‘n’ go” kind of guy.
Maybe one day...
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Offline Brocky_

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Re: Tar and Fall-Out Removers
« Reply #4 on: 24 March 2021, 15:57 »
Tardis & Iron-X for me.  Don't need it just yet but I picked some up for when I do.
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