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E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 02-09-2011, 03:26 PM
skibum1 skibum1 is offline
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Removing Tar/Grime

Anyone know of a good product out there that I can use on my new X5 to remove some tar/stain on my front bumper area. No idea what it is actually, black dribbles of dots, something must have come off the road. Any feedback on good "safe" products out there would help. I havent checked my dealership yet. Thanks.
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:34 AM
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Anyone know of a good product out there that I can use on my new X5 to remove some tar/stain on my front bumper area.
For the type of crud you describe, I've had good success with WD-40, terry-cloth, and elbow grease. This WILL de-wax painted surfaces, but won't impact the clear coat, if you keep it quick. If that doesn't work, you are likely going to need clay-bar treatment.
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Old 02-11-2011, 04:41 PM
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Just use some type of volatile organic solvent - should come right off. Paint thinner will work, just wipe it off reasonably quickly...
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Old 02-11-2011, 04:46 PM
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Just go to an auto parts store and buy some bug and tar remover.
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:48 PM
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I have used Goof Off from the big box hardware stores on my MB without any issues. The area is thoroughly washed and waxed after each use.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:41 PM
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WD-40 and its good for aching joints as well.
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:15 AM
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Anyone know of a good product out there that I can use on my new X5 to remove some tar/stain on my front bumper area. No idea what it is actually, black dribbles of dots, something must have come off the road. Any feedback on good "safe" products out there would help. I havent checked my dealership yet. Thanks.
Bug & Tar remover is what I use - been using it for 10 years, and no issues with any paint finish. I generally use it after a wash, and before I wax the car.
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