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Old 11-09-2010, 09:47 PM   #21
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At work, we use orange degreaser to get road tar off construction vehicles.

Like this stuff.

It isn't this brand, but it's essentially the same stuff. Takes a few applications sometimes, but I bet your WD-40 will work fine, just takes a lot some times, probably because its so diluted.

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Old 11-10-2010, 09:34 AM   #22
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Tar, Bug guts & Tree sap are all organic and so an Alkaline detergent will work. Some better than others, name brands are usually best.

Road grime, wheels and rims usually have inorganic soils, so acid (low pH) type detergents work best. Break dust is toughest, so strong acid wheel cleaner.

If you use the right products, removing just about anything off a car is easy. The trick to these detergents is trying to use the weakest mixture that's most effective. Saves car paint, money and the environment.
I haven't noticed the pH being listed on a cleaning product -is there a quick and easy way to determine that?
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It turns out they were trying a new product for the paving. Usually this isn't a problem, but they've gotten a lot of calls.
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None of the things I tried got it clean, so I filed the claim, and today they sent some detailers to my house, and they did a great job cleaning and waxing the car.

The detailing company is based in Texas, and does this all over the country.
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None of the things I tried got it clean, so I filed the claim, and today they sent some detailers to my house, and they did a great job cleaning and waxing the car.

The detailing company is based in Texas, and does this all over the country.
No wonder California is broke.
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