Asked on Jun 14, 2017

How to remove tar from siding without damaging the siding?

Fred Schroeder
by Fred Schroeder
I have a home that a previous owner used tar on the roof. Some of it dribbled down the side of the wall. It's been there for years and I afraid to try to scrape, or scrub, it off for fear of damaging the siding.
  6 answers
  • Warren Warren on Jun 14, 2017

    WD40.!! works quite well,... it might take several tries because it has been on there for so long .

  • Lynda Compton Finnerty Lynda Compton Finnerty on Jun 14, 2017

    Try lighter fluid on a cotton cloth

  • Kathy Kathy on Jun 14, 2017

    its been said to use Coke-cola on a rug and it should rub off after a few tries

  • Nana Van Nana Van on Jun 14, 2017

    I think "Goof Off" might work. You didn't say what the siding was made from. I used it on vinyl siding once and it did slightly get some color but works well. Maybe try a little in an inconspicuous place first.

  • Ljgordon Ljgordon on Jun 14, 2017


  • William William on Jun 15, 2017

    Goof Off or WD40. Won't damage the siding.

    Gasoline or Kerosene?! WOW! Spontaneous combustion or a spark can set the whole house on fire. That's what was used over 50years ago before safer products were made. Remember the Chicago fire?