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    Road tar removal

    How do I remove stubborn road tar from chrome and exhaust pipes.I have been using elbow grease, but even that is not so effective. Any good suggestions?

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    Easy Off oven cleaner. Follow directions carefully and do it in a well ventillated area.

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    Oven cleaner works well for removal. I prefer using Autosol and a ScotchBrite pad. Scrub em up real good, clean off the residue. Once cleaned, another dab of Autosol on a clean dry cloth, buff to a nice shine, use a second dry cloth to finish buffing. It leaves a clear film (you cannot see it) that helps to protect and makes the next cleaning much easier. I use it on all my chrome and aluminum. Autosol is available at most auto parts stores.


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    WD40 might work. There are some commercial tar removers in Auto parts stores. Polish with 0000 Steel Wool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dachstom View Post
    How do I remove stubborn road tar from chrome and exhaust pipes. I have been using elbow grease, but even that is not so effective. Any good suggestions?
    Kerosene or WD-40. That is all I've ever used.

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    Virtually every autoparts store sells products specifically label "Bug and Tar Ramover" . . . and they work says the man from buggy Tennessee.

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    Tar removal.

    Try baby oil. It works great on the skin too.
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    scotch brite pad will sratch the chrome...been there, done that. I strongly urge you not to use a scotch brite pad on your chrome.

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    Me thinks you are using the wrong ScotchBrite pads. I use the dark blue ones that are about 1/4 inch thick. I have used them almost since they were invented. Wife was always wondering where her pot scrubbers disappeared to. Now she buys me my own. I only use the ones that are safe on teflon coated pots and that have no soap in them. Have never scratched any chrome, aluminum or teflon in all the years I have used them. Perhaps you were pressing to hard.

    I also use the same stuff, Autosol, with Scotchbrite pads to clean the engine and polish up any aluminum. Comes out great. If I do it long enough, it will look like chrome. But, I don't like my aluminum all that bright.

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    Me thinks you are using the wrong ScotchBrite pads. I use the dark blue ones that are about 1/4 inch thick. I have used them almost since they were invented. Wife was always wondering where her pot scrubbers disappeared to. Now she buys me my own. I only use the ones that are safe on teflon coated pots and that have no soap in them. Have never scratched any chrome, aluminum or teflon in all the years I have used them. Perhaps you were pressing to hard.

    I also use the same stuff, Autosol, with Scotchbrite pads to clean the engine and polish up any aluminum. Comes out great. If I do it long enough, it will look like chrome. But, I don't like my aluminum all that bright.

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    Try Goo Gone followed by Mothers Metal Polish...will look like new!
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    Although solvents will work on non-baked tar, they might not work on tar that has been baked on. The oven-off idea might be necessary for that. I agree most abrasives will scratch chromed surfaces.

    Try anything in a non-obvious area first.
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    I use WD40.
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    I use Diesel Fuel on my cars and cycles. I put it in a spray bottle and let it soak the tar off. After 15 minutes I can usually rub the tar off with little effort. It's cheap and effective. I have never seen where it harms the paint.

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    The old Go-Joe handcleaner with lanolin used to work great on tar. It's been replaced with new "orange cleaners" that may work as well.

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