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Stoner’s Tarminator… Not Just for Removing Tar!


There is always that time that comes along when your clay bar just isn’t enough to remove the contamination at task. For example, say you have some road tar, sap, grease, adhesive (from old stickers, pin stripes, emblems, etc) or an area loaded with bugs and grime, using Stoner’s Tarminator directly on the surface can help to safely remove the bonded contamination.

When using Stoner’s Tarminator I will first make sure the area I am working on has been washed and free of dirt particles to further assure no damage is caused. Then with the surface still damp, I will spray a liberal amount of Tarminator directly onto the surface and let dwell for 30-45 seconds to break up the contamination.

Stoner Tarminator sprayed on stubborn contamination

Stoner Tarminator sprayed on stubborn contamination

Next I will use my DI All Purpose Microfiber Towel to wipe away the surface and check for complete removal. If the affected area needs more cleaning, I will repeat the process above but will use less product.

Stoner Tarminator contamination removal

After final removal, I will then grab my DI Fine Grade Clay Bar and go over the surface again using Optimum Instant Detailer as a clay lube to assure the surface is prepped and ready for any polishing.

Claying with Optimum Instant Detailer
Stoner Tarminator is completely clear coat safe. It will remove silicone, oils, and wax build up without damaging any exterior trim.

So whether you’re a weekend warrior or a professional detailer, having Stoner’s Tarminator in your arsenal is a must. I know I use it on almost all of my details somewhere on the car given how versatile and safe this product is.

Dirty under carriage area before detail

Dirty under carriage area after detail

If you have any additional comments or questions on Stoner’s Tarminator or the process, please submit your reply in the comment box below.

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DJ Mayo
DJ Mayo Studios
Gainesville, VA

19 comments on Stoner’s Tarminator… Not Just for Removing Tar!

  1. Nice article DJ, thanks for posting!

    I too use a lot of Tarminator, and find it helpful for cleaning the inside of rims where tar and rubber tend to accumulate.

  2. Nice article DJ!

    Tarminator is definitely a must have! I’m not sure how it is in the other states, but in MN road tar is common on almost every vehicle I detail. After all, road construction is one of our seasons! 🙂

    What I like most about Tarminator is that it really extends the life of my clay bars by using it prior to claying….nothing trashes a clay bar worse than tar and sap!


  3. Mo says:

    Chad – Thanks for this write up. I have used this product and love it. One question – if I had an LSP on the car and used this product, will it remove it?

  4. DJ Mayo says:

    Thank you for the comments everyone. This is definitely a must have product as you will find yourself using it more and more.

  5. steve says:

    Another vote for tarminator. I had some awful stuff on a couple of years ago and tried several product with no success. Tarminator took care of it and I have been an avid supporter ever since. Great stuff and a must have.

  6. Michael P says:

    Your articles are great and informative!
    Any experience with using tarminator for overspray removal on rubber seals and plastic fender pieces on a chevy crew cab? Using clay and mild polish is working great but I’m kinda stumped with plastic and rubber overspray removal. Thanks for your help.

    • DJ Mayo says:

      Michael –

      For that I would first use Isopropyl Alcohol and give it a good scrub down. Then using paint thinner or lacquer thinner VERY lightly onto a microfiber towel then gently wiping away would be my next option. Let me know if this helps.

      DJ Mayo

  7. Eric says:

    I still need to get some of this…I tried megs body solvent and it didnt really do it for me!

  8. Michael P says:

    Perfect advice!! Alcohol/thinner rub worked, and I followed all the trim with black again. thx again!

  9. Jason says:

    Megs body solvent does not do as advertised IMO. Got a gallon of uselessness. Tarminator is king!

  10. Ron Stempien says:

    Does Stoner’s Tarminator remove the paint sealant or wax while removing bugs or tar? If so, what product do you recommend as a follow up? Thank you, Ron

  11. DJ Mayo says:


    Yes, you will need to reapply your protection afterwards. Just use what product is already on the paint.

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  13. wayne says:

    another very inexpensive tar and grease remover is ronsinol lighter fluid. Do NOT smoke or use near sparks or an open flame! It will also remove any wax.. It is like magic!

  14. Cee Rock says:

    Great info!

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