Removal of tar fron tyres

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Removal of tar fron tyres

Postby ROBRIENMIKE » 18 Sep 2015, 4:15pm

Does anyone know of an efficient tar removing product/ chemical that won't dissolve one's tyres?
Councils seem to have had a particularly active summer this year spraying tar and chippings. We all know what that means especially if we have mudguards on the bike i.e. debris rubbing including inside guards, paint on stays & forks, plus, the collection of nasty flints etc. I usually scrape it after a ride but can never completely remove the lot. What do you do?

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Re: Removal of tar fron tyres

Postby Seagoon » 18 Sep 2015, 4:51pm

If it was me I'd try petrol and rinse it off afterwards.

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Removal of tar fron tyres

Postby Heltor Chasca » 18 Sep 2015, 7:52pm

Muc Off has worked for me n the past. I used it on a car's paintwork too. Wash it off though a minute or so later!

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Re: Removal of tar fron tyres

Postby ferrit worrier » 18 Sep 2015, 9:01pm

petrol / White spirit then wash off
Percussive maintainance, if it don't fit, hit it with the hammer.

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Re: Removal of tar fron tyres

Postby Bonefishblues » 18 Sep 2015, 9:34pm

Autoglym Tar Remover.


Re: Removal of tar fron tyres

Postby Moodyman1 » 18 Sep 2015, 10:05pm

I keep on riding. The tar will eventually get worn off by clean asphalt

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Re: Removal of tar fron tyres

Postby Mick F » 19 Sep 2015, 8:20am

I had a thread on this recently, I think.

Any road up, petrol worked a treat. Pour some into a dish or something, then dab a rag into it and wipe the tyre. I gave mine a wash in hot soapy water afterwards.

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Re: Removal of tar fron tyres

Postby Des49 » 20 Sep 2015, 10:13pm

Using butter to remove what was called "tar" was a common thing when we were children after going on the beach. Ship discharges and the Torrey Canyon were blamed at the time. Fortunately have never had to do this with our own children.