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Old 01-30-2019, 08:23 PM
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Removing stubborn grime from paint finish

Hey guys,

I’ve washed my vehicles my entire life, but this one is new to me. Discount Tire remounted my tires and applied that gunk they love to put on tires to make them all shiny; then I went to the mountains a few times. I left the mixture of tire gunk, road salt and sand on the Jeep several weeks without washing it, and it’s now baked itself onto the paint finish.

First I tried regular car wash detergent but it didn’t work. Then I tried the pressure washer: I am able to remove it with the pressure washer but very slowly; it takes 5 minutes just to clear a small section.

Does anyone know of a good product that will remove this concoction but is gentle on the paint finish?

PS - I am hesitant to apply wax because the stuff stuck on the paint seems very abrasive

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Have you tried quick detailer spray (like Meguiars) as a lubricant on the paint with a clay bar?

When detailing I start with basic dish soap and water that will strip the wax. Then detailer spray/ clay bar combo. You can check the paint grittiness of contaminants with the detailer spray and a sandwich bag over your hand on the paint, it should feel smooth and not like sandpaper. If it still feels gritty, use more passes of detailer spray and clay bar. The clay pulls the grime out of the clear coat. Once you are happy with that then you can wax back on.


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Awesome. Thanks for the tip! Iíll give it a shot.
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Try hot water with your car wash of choice.
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Awesome. Thanks for the tip! Iíll give it a shot.


Welcome! Let us know how it goes. I detail my car with a few more steps that I wonít bore you with using polish, glaze, and a D/A buffer polisher.


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Was it with Dawn dish soap, it removes grease and crud better then anything. Follow that up with a speed detailer and claybar followed by another bath with dawn. Now apply the sealant of your choice. I could go into a lot more but will stop here.
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I'll 2nd the Meguiars Clay Kit. Comes with the clay, the juice, and a lil Micro fibre towel. Been using it for 5 years on the fleet and I love it!
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Make sure you turn over and knead the clay bar often to get a clean piece exposed to lift off the grime from the body. Work it like silly putty. Also make sure to use plenty of detailer spray. Make sure you respray every so many swipes with the clay, otherwise you could put fine scratches in the clear coat.


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@Criz98 , I can't PM a response to you as it says your message box is full. Clear it.up and let me know so I can respond to your question.


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A citrus based bug/tar remover would work best, followed by a claybar. Then re-apply a wax or sealant coat.
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After washing, I'd try a cleaner like 3M 08984 before moving on to the clay bar:
https://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/...aner-08984.pdf
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I have anyways used diesel fuel for any tar and that crap they put on the wheels. It will take it off just wash it good when done.
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Was it with Dawn dish soap, it removes grease and crud better then anything. Follow that up with a speed detailer and claybar followed by another bath with dawn. Now apply the sealant of your choice. I could go into a lot more but will stop here.
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Smile Best Cleanup

Acetone. I've used it for years. Tar, DOT line stripe paint, tire shop sealer, even old decals - it works. Be sure to rinse the area where you used the acetone afterwards. Hope this helps.
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Thanks guys. Detailer removed most of it.

Iíll try the next steps for the handful of spots where the grime is still stubborn.
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