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Old 10-25-2014, 02:27 PM   #15
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Charcoal Lighter for Tar, Road oils, etc.

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Modern Airstreams are all clear-coated just like autos. Any bug & tar remover for auto will be safe to use on your Airstream.

There are lots of home grown solutions such as denatured alcohol, WD-40, etc...
I just completed a 2400 mile run from Tyler Texas to Madison Wisconsin. Interstate systems through Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin had a lot of single lane driving through MANY construction zones. Left the front of the trailer filthy with a lot of asphalt and oil products and the rock guards pretty beat up from all the loose media. I use charcoal lighter to get rid of the products they use on the roads that find there way all over the fenders and sides of my trailer and truck. Fast and easy with paper towels.

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Old 10-25-2014, 03:32 PM   #16
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I've found tar removers don't work well on sap. Alcohol does. Wet it, let it soak a bit and wipe it off.

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Old 11-28-2014, 08:25 AM   #17
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Rapid remover, spray on wait 60 seconds scrape off. Works for sap as well as removing most old adhesives, tar spots, some of the stickier bugs and road grime from the wheel well area.

Clear coat safe, we use it on vehicles and construction trailer all the time at my sign shop.
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Old 11-28-2014, 10:28 AM   #18
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My po used steel wool, took clearcoat right off, my AS has character for sure. I do not recommend it.
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Old 11-28-2014, 10:56 AM   #19
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As suggested on another thread, try Pledge furniture polish. Spray it on stubborn tar and sap, let it stand for 60 seconds and wipe it off with soft cotton rags. Sap is important to remove fairly quickly - let it age and it is what we call varnish. Leaves a modicum of wax as well.
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Old 11-28-2014, 03:54 PM   #20
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Butter or margarine work quite well in a pinch. I usually get sap off my hands with butter, non-toxic and pretty innocuous.

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