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Tar on vinyl siding!

Last post Sun, Aug 8 2010 10:15 PM by Grandma B. 3 replies.
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  • Mon, Jul 26 2010 12:21 PM

    • Pat
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    Tar on vinyl siding!

    From a reader: 
    What will clean tar from white vinyl siding.  Roofers tossed the old roofing
    off and some streaks got on the siding.

    Any ideas? 
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  • Mon, Jul 26 2010 12:40 PM In reply to

    • Toni B.
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    Re: Tar on vinyl siding!

    My best guess would be a petroleum based product like Goo Gone. Comes in a spray bottle and sells in hardware stores and Wal-Mart. Make sure you wear gloves and keep it away from children and animals. Do not use a razor to scrape it because you may damage the finish on the siding.

    Also - you may want to contact a store that specializes in siding and see what else they recommend. They may have a better product or method to remove the tar. Call them before you try Goo Gone.

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  • Tue, Jul 27 2010 11:01 AM In reply to

    • rolo
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    Re: Tar on vinyl siding!

     I would call the roofing company and ask them to clean the siding before spending any $ and doing it myself.  


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  • Sun, Aug 8 2010 10:15 PM In reply to

    Re: Tar on vinyl siding!

    Our car wash here uses rubbing alchol on a cotton ball to get pine sap off cars, I wonder if it would work on tar. if you have some at least give it a try just make sure you hose it off good after.

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