How do you get tough bugs & tar off your paint?

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How do you get tough bugs & tar off your paint?

Whats the best way to remove bugs and tar from your car, truck or motorcycle?

So what to do if the front of your vehicle is littered with bugs or tar? 

Read on below, and we’ll walk you through a quick step by step:

  1. Pre-rinse the vehicle. This will serve to soften the splatter and make it easier to wipe off.
  2. Perform your typical wash procedure. You may want to leave the bug-filled areas for last so your wash mitt/sponge doesn’t pick up the guts and spread them to the rest of your car.
  3. Spray Bug & Tar Remover directly onto the bug splatter and allow a few minutes for the product to soak in.
Bug and Tar Remover from Jay Leno's Garage Australia

     4. With the webbed side of a bug sponge, wipe away any left-over remnants. Slight pressure may be required to remove the splatter completely. The webbing of a bug sponge aids in splatter removal by acting as an abrasive. Make sure to choose a bug sponge that has a webbing material soft enough to not scratch or mar your vehicle’s finish.

Bug and Tar removing sponge to clean car paint and bumpers

     5. Once all the splatter is removed, rinse with clean water and then dry the surface. We’d suggest applying a fresh coat of wax or sealant once you’re finished removing the splatter.

Once you're done with the sponge, you can clean and care for it the same way you would with your microfiber towels. 

It’s certainly not a fun job, but with the proper tools and chemicals, you can help the process move on a lot quicker so you can get back to enjoying your beloved vehicle.

Bug and Tar removing sponge

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