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Old 07-24-2012, 06:35 PM   #1
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Cleaning towd after Alaska trip

We were gone for the months of May and June to Alaska. This was a pretty rainy year up there and quite a bit of road work going on. When we got home the Jeep was covered in quite a bit of road tar and stuff. Normal washing did not remove the black spots....we have a white Jeep. I used spray cans of GUNK to clean the whole car, since the road tar is petroleum based it came off nicely; and then I waxed it. If others have problems, you could give this a try.
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I use paint thinner, which is just stoddard solvent. Can't get rid of that Gunk smell.
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Citrus orange also works well, nice smell as a biproduct.
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WD-40 works also.
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When we got back the wife said take the toad in and have it detailed. I agreed, $115 later and it was cleaner than I keep it. Like starting with a new car.

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I use paint thinner, which is just stoddard solvent. Can't get rid of that Gunk smell.
Actually, there was no residual Gunk smell after washing.
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People!....don't be using paint thinner, fuel, or anything else weird to clean your cars. Wash, then clay bar w/spray detailer (mothers, meguiars, whatever brand you like). These are the things that won't strip wax....if there's any wax to begin with....or dull your clear coat, which isn't as bulletproof as you might think.

My 65yr old neighbor is old school, and always says I'm crazy when he sees me reach for anything besides cheap soap and WD40 when I clean my cars. Yet after 6yrs, his once new car is all swirly and shows its age (albeit he thinks it still looks good)... meanwhile I'm winning best-in-show with 30++yr old paint! Even my 15yr old regular driver looks like day 1, and it's not because I fuss over it every day.

I'm sorry if I come across as a little harsh, but I'm a car guy to the core....and your car's paint unfortunately doesn't have the voice to say "hey, what are you doing to me??". haha

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