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  • Hugh Potter

    May 31, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    stopped in at my local glass place to order some toughened for a job, I spotted some Wurth pvc cleaner (industrial grade) on the shelf and had a nosey, full of xylene so bound to be nasty on the skin, nauseous, hallucinatory and cancerous but bugger me… it gets glue off like nothing else I’ve tried, and all for about £4.50 a ltr, nice to use than solvent thinners too!!

  • Robert Lambie

    May 31, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Tar and Glue Remover. "genuine type" not expensive and can be bought from most good janitorial and car valet supply companies.

    remember its not just about being able to get the adhesive off, the last thing you want is to damage the paint! 😉

  • Hugh Potter

    May 31, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    true Rob,
    just used it on my black metallic van with no consequence, I wouldn’t use any kind of solvent on non factory paint though – I always ask the customer first!

    stumbled on this after visiting all four motor factors locally and none had trade size tar and glue remover– other than £6 / 300ml autoglym!

  • Martin Pearson

    May 31, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    xylene is a solvent thinner is it not Hugh????

    If not it is certainly sold as a solvent thinner.

  • Hugh Potter

    May 31, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    yes it is Martin,
    wipe on wipe off has never caused me issues, I’ve used all kinds of tar removers and usually would, on this occasion none of the regular places had it man sized containers, just joe public rip off sizes.

  • Hugh Potter

    May 31, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    if you think this might give people the wrong impression as to its suitability on ‘all surfaces’, then please feel free to delete it, I wouldn’t want to be responsible for someone taking all the pain off someones hand painted bumper!

  • Martin Pearson

    May 31, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    You confused me with your first post Hugh when you said it was nicer to use than a solvent thinners :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

    Guessing it has other additives in it as well same as the 3M % Avery type cleaners that are mainly IPA.

  • David Rowland

    May 31, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    autogylm tar and glue remover… great stuff for glue

  • Hugh Potter

    June 1, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Sorry Martin, I see your point now, smells stronger but just seems nicer to use.

    Dave, Autoglym tar and glue is ‘ok’, but faced with hard reflective glues – it struggles and for the cost of it – too expensive!

  • Robert Lambie

    June 1, 2013 at 11:48 am

    this is the one i use, not expensive mate.
    soak a rag, and dab the remover over the effected area.
    leave it 5 minutes and repeat. after 1 minute use an old squeegee and swipe the adhesive off. repeat if any left. once adhesive is gone, you must clean with the likes of isopropynol to remove the tar and glue from surface.

    the key is leaving it to soak, longer if the adhesive is bad.
    the chemical needs time to break down the adhesive making it possible to remove.
    going straight in after with a cloth or paper towel just moves the adhesive about, spreading the area. do it first with a squeegee.

    there is no problem what so ever with your cleaner suggestion mate. i wouldnt remove it. maybe the cleaner is perfectly fine, maybe not.
    but having this thread here and the replies that followed creates its own awareness of not only your cleaner, but any cleaner. i.e. its worth checking its content and if it "might" damage paintwork… all relevant content to the site. :thumbsup:


  • Hugh Potter

    June 1, 2013 at 11:50 am

    fair points Rob,

    where do you buy yours from? there’s so many on the market – many I’ve tried have been pants!

  • Chris Wool

    June 1, 2013 at 11:55 am

    see if you have one of these close by
    don’t know if there the cheapest but deliver to the door … tment.html

  • Robert Lambie

    June 1, 2013 at 11:59 am

    You are correct, there is loads!

    The thing is, there are so many cheap copies…
    I buy mine local from a janitorial supplies, most places like that do it.
    Tar and Glue remover is used by many car valet companies. about 15 years ago i was given some by a Mercedes valet guy and ive been using it since. the fact they used it was good enough for me it didn’t damage paint work.

    however, i have been stung several times over the years with "watered down bottles" so be aware!

    I recently had a guy come in from a supplies place and before he gave me a price on competing on our cleaners and the like. each one he took "a sample"
    and his device gave him a reading of the content. he then told me i had good stuff and proceeded to tell me about how most are watered down. just confirming what i already knew. … emicalhut/

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