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Best way to remove track gunk?

Postby terryb on Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:13 pm

The Time Trials at Buttonwillow, Big Willow and Chuckwalla were a blast but I'm finding the asphalt and tire gunk on the car is difficult to remove with regular car wash soap. What do you track guys/gals use to wash your track cars? Do a first pass hitting the spots with Goof-Off?

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Re: Best way to remove track gunk?

Postby EricMarc-Aurele on Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:53 pm

Mother's racing rubber remover worked well on a friend's car. I bought some, but a look at my car will reveal I've never used it.
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Re: Best way to remove track gunk?

Postby Jad on Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:12 am

I prefer a good wax to strong chemicals, plus you get a good protective coat so future marks don't mark as much.
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Re: Best way to remove track gunk?

Postby rshon on Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:30 am

Bug and Tar Remover (I usually use the Turtle Wax version). Enough solvent to soften rubber marks, but gentle enough for car finishes.
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Re: Best way to remove track gunk?

Postby martinreinhardt on Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:46 am

I use WD-40 and/or Meguiar's Cleaner Wax.
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Re: Best way to remove track gunk?

Postby terryb on Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:16 am

Thanks for the suggestions!

Jad, I do wax the car to keep it slippery to reduce the gunk adhesion (and maybe a .0001 reduction in drag :lol: )
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Re: Best way to remove track gunk?

Postby Integral on Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:08 pm

old school mother's RRR or turtle wax.

DO NOT use 3m adhesive remover, at least on plastics...ugh.
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Re: Best way to remove track gunk?

Postby Jad on Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:29 pm

Terry, better aero, but added weight so....... :wink:
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Re: Best way to remove track gunk?

Postby Old Guy on Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:07 pm

Griot's Garage sells a product called "Track Spray." Subtitle: "Safely Removes Rubber Marks From Any Surface." I just tried it on some rubber marks on the 911. Works. That said, for the really black hits, takes a couple applications along with microfiber cloth rubbing. My sense is that in all cases one is well-advised to reapply wax to any cleaned areas, as certainly removing the rubber marks must also remove whatever wax protection there was. Another caveat: "Spot test on vinyl graphics or clear bras."
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Re: Best way to remove track gunk?

Postby kleggo on Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:13 pm

terryb wrote:The Time Trials at Buttonwillow, Big Willow and Chuckwalla were a blast but I'm finding the asphalt and tire gunk on the car is difficult to remove with regular car wash soap. What do you track guys/gals use to wash your track cars? Do a first pass hitting the spots with Goof-Off?

Thanks,
-Terry

if this site more easily supported posting photographs, I could show you how easily I peel track gunk off when I peel off the protect-n-peel roll on protectant market by our fellow SDR members.
I think they market it as road warrior now.
It doesn't protect from rock chips, but makes clean up way easy.

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