While you may be driving on the road in your car, various pollutants and goo can cling to the paint. One very tough pollutant to remove is tar, which is a sticky, black substance used on road asphalting and construction, and can easily get ticked of from it to your car in the hot weather. Tar is difficult to get off from car paint as it sticks like glue, but with the right products, you can easily remove tar from car paint.


As tar may jump off the road onto your car, it is likely to appear on the back side of the wheel wells, on the low side of the car doors, and maybe on the hood or windows. Since tar is an oil-based substance, it is removed from car paint in a different process than other pollutants.


Things you will need

  • Bucket
  • Mild soap (or detergent)
  • Microfiber towels
  • Car wax
  • Tar remover (or you can use a household product, like peanut butter, lemon juice, or WD-40)



  1. Wet the cloth fully with the tar remover and begin rubbing over the tar. In case you don’t have tar remover, you can use a household product like peanut butter or WD-40. You have to place a lump of this item over the tar and let it stay that way for a few minutes before removing it.


  1. Wipe clean with a microfiber cloth. Rub in circular motions so that you do not damage the paint.


  1. Repeat the two steps if the tar has not fully removed. If it has, move on to the next step.


  1. Wash the car with the detergent and water. Rinse then with clean water.


  1. Wax the car to seal and protect the paint of the vehicle.