How to Remove Difficult Debris from your Car

Whether you only drive to and from work, or frequently take trips to go off-roading, chances are high that your vehicle will eventually come in contact with some debris that is very difficult to remove. Have you ever parked under a tree? Hello, tree sap! Ever driven on the highway and had bugs splattered all over the front grill? We thought so. These things are far more difficult to remove than simple dirt and dust, but we’ve got some simple ways to help you out with a few of the most difficult types of debris.

Asphalt, tar, or bugs

  1. Let your vehicle cool down completely before attempting to remove.
  2. Once cool and dry, spray a thick coating of bug and tar remover (preferably a foaming product) all over the affected areas. Let the foam sit for at least five minutes, or until the product starts to dry.
  3. Give the affected areas a good rub in a circular motion, using a damp micro-fiber towel until everything is removed.
  4. If the debris is more abrasive, like asphalt or tar, gently dab the area once the foam product has been applied, rather than rubbing it.
  5. Reapply the foaming product a second time if needed.
  6. Rinse the product off as you would during a regular wash.

Paint from the highway

  1. Wash and rinse the affected area right away to loosen any paint that may be easy to remove (like paint that is still wet).
  2. Then, use the same bug and tar remover, and let it sit for five minutes; this should soften the paint.
  3. Spray more bug and tar remover on your towel and rub the affected areas in a circular motion.
  4. Get comfortable; this could take a while!


Now that you have the knowledge, it is time to shop! Head to or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

Sharing is caring!