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How do I remove tar from aluminum siding?
Linda from Crown Point, IN
My grandma got tar on her car when she drove on the street that was being re-tarred. Sounds silly, but she went inside the house, got a jar of peanut butter, smeared it on her car, and wiped it clean. That was 26 years ago when cars were made of steel and not fiberglass. Should work on aluminum siding.
My husbands job is comercial roofing...tar...We always have spots here and there. I use any cleaner I can find a Dollar General that is Orange based. It works well. Or Goo Be Gone is a name barnd product.
Gasoline works, too, but it will melt the paint a bit if you rub too much
You might try a little baking soda using a rag slightly moistened first with water then with a few drops of vegetable oil. I just cleaned up a small quantity of tar from our new (and white!) laminate floor and white refrigerator handle. It came off incredibly easily and left no stain or mark.
What if it is dried tar / blacktop sealer ?
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Got tar on my new house siding: Help!
Mineral spirits should help remove the tar. I've seen it suggested for both wood and vinyl siding. You can buy it at the hardware store. (08/27/2004)
WD-40 might work, too. (08/30/2004)
They have tar removers at auto stores that works great. It will work on siding. (08/30/2004)
Always do a test spot. if your not careful your cleaner could melt the siding or fade the colouring of it. So test it first on a small area before you go crazy.
Butter works for disolving tar as well. Is very safe on siding. Just make sure you get it all off or a dog or cat may start to lick your house.