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Yep, I did it. I left two (experienced!) guys alone to strip the roof. I figured, how hard could it be to strip a roof? Anyway, the tarp covering the side of the house fell down and no one noticed. Now there are hundreds of black marks on the siding where the shingles hit on the way down. The siding is old vinyl and I know I cant get an exact match. Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can clean this off? I have thought of Goof Off, or Spray Nine, and I am wondering what else people would recommend. A contractor I know said to try gasoline, but I'd really rather not if I can avoid it. Im open to any and all suggestions, thanks very much in advance.

Bob

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How about tar remover, from auto parts store?

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sure, that might work. I'm worried that whatever I use might either
1) damage the vinyl, ie, soften it, or something like that

2) it might just smear the shingle mark.

Any thoughts?

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check w/ roofing supply house.

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Mineral spirits

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mineral spirits and clean rags.. change the rags often.. you may have to clean ALL the siding because the clean parts will look different than the old vinyl..acetone will work well , also.. but do a test mark to see what it does to the vinyl

or clean all the marks and offer the owner a cash settlement.. because the whole thing will blend in about a year

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Long ago and far away, I used to get a product called TarX. After disolving the tar, it turned into soapy stuff with water and rinsed right off.

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Try WD40 and then fantastic, then as Mike said you might have to clean the whole house.

Vince

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Fantastic and gasoline attack plastic. kerosene and mineral spirits are way less attackive...

attackive...I made my self laugh....near the stream,

aj

Off to worky...Hey..I never had to tarp a home to remove shingles...We loosen em up and toss them into the bin or truck direct...done deal.

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Bob, the secret material you are looking for is called DeWitts Remove-It.It is a citrus based cleaner in a pump spray bottle and works great on vinyl and aluminum siding.I am a roofing contractor in Akron, Ohio and over the years I have tried wd-40,choke and carb cleaner,kerosene,acetone,tsp,mineral spirits,paint thinner and any other cleaner or solvent you could name.All were unsatisfatory.You can spray this stuff on a scuff mark and the mark will disolve before your eyes and drip right off the siding.Be carefull with re-painted aluminum siding cause it can remove the top layer of paint.We use it on 1-2 marks on almost every job,usually along side a dormer. You are gonna need LOTS of clean rags and you will have to do the entire wall or you will have hundreds of clean spots on the siding where the scuffs used to be.

BTW the only claim I have ever had on my contractors policy was from a similar occurence years ago. Insurance company paid for repainting the house( of course it was prorated since it was a 19 year old paint job that was damaged). I got paid by the customer,but not suprisingly no referalls!

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I use WD-40 all the time. Spray t on, let it set, then wipe it off. May take a few shots to get them off, but it is the least damaging product for vinyl siding.

James DuHamel

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I get hand cleaner towels from gemplers (www.gemplers.com) which are citrus based. They take just about everything off anything. No harm to vinyl siding. But if everything is dirty, you would have to clean it all.

The occasional shingle mark in the course of roofing is hardly reason for anyone to repaint a house. I have a clause in my contract that spells this out. Of course it may be unenforceable, but I won't work on the house if I am going to be exposed to that kind of liability.

Tom

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Yep, I did it. I left two (experienced!) guys alone to strip the roof. I figured, how hard could it be to strip a roof? Anyway, the tarp covering the side of the house fell down and no one noticed. Now there are hundreds of black marks on the siding where the shingles hit on the way down. The siding is old vinyl and I know I cant get an exact match. Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can clean this off? I have thought of Goof Off, or Spray Nine, and I am wondering what else people would recommend. A contractor I know said to try gasoline, but I'd really rather not if I can avoid it. Im open to any and all suggestions, thanks very much in advance.

Bob