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Old 07-29-2015, 02:38 PM   #1
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How do I safely remove tree sap?

First off, thanks for reading this. I used to park under some pine trees at my apartment until I found tree sap had dripped onto my hood and roof. I was wondering if anyone knows how to safely remove dried and new tree sap from a car. I tried goo gone and it didn't really work that well. Actually it didn't work at all. Any ideas? Thank you.

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Yeah man...siimple use some rubbing alcohol... i thought goo gone would work

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Alright cool. I'll give it a shot. Any suggestions on applicators?

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I only use microfiber clothes AutoZone sells them in a pack of 5 i believe

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Sweet, I have a ton of those

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Kool i hope it makes a difference for ya

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Me too! The sap is such an eye sore on the bright red paint :/

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First off, thanks for reading this. I used to park under some pine trees at my apartment until I found tree sap had dripped onto my hood and roof. I was wondering if anyone knows how to safely remove dried and new tree sap from a car. I tried goo gone and it didn't really work that well. Actually it didn't work at all. Any ideas? Thank you.

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I feel like this is Deja-vu Chuck! My girlfriend has a Red 2007 GT and would park under the pine trees outside of my house. Little do you know, her hood got covered in sap and she almost killed me!

I've found that a little bit of goo-gone and a clay-bar takes it right off without an issue and I have been using that technique ever since, give it a shot!

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I never thought to use a clay bar. Think this will work for the really dried sap? I really want to wax the car but I don't dare put wax over the sap. Thanks a lot Will!

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I never thought to use a clay bar. Think this will work for the really dried sap? I really want to wax the car but I don't dare put wax over the sap. Thanks a lot Will!

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I think it will work no problem although I would like to see you soak the sap in some quick detailer first to get it nice and wet. I've been using that technique also and it works great!

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I think it will work no problem although I would like to see you soak the sap in some quick detailer first to get it nice and wet. I've been using that technique also and it works great!

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Alright, I'll give it a shot when I get off duty tomorrow. Thanks for the advice Will! Hope to see you on the 15th!

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Alright, I'll give it a shot when I get off duty tomorrow. Thanks for the advice Will! Hope to see you on the 15th!

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I also thought GooGone would work. I've found that water heated to below boiling will dissolve the sap when poured directly on it. As an extra precaution for the finish wash the whole area as you would for a carwash and re-wax the place where the sap was.
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WD-40 works well. It also washes right off with soap and water. It will cut right through the tree sap. I've used it for years to get tree sap, tar, paint overspray, etc off all of my cars. Easy to use and cleans up easily. GOOD LUCK !! Dave
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I keep a spray bottle of De Solv It around for multiple cleaning issues.Spray it on, let it work and wipe off. It's a citrus based product so it's safe for most surfaces.
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I feel like this is Deja-vu Chuck! My girlfriend has a Red 2007 GT and would park under the pine trees outside of my house. Little do you know, her hood got covered in sap and she almost killed me!

I've found that a little bit of goo-gone and a clay-bar takes it right off without an issue and I have been using that technique ever since, give it a shot!

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I'd have just told her the trees got really excited by her car.
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I feel like I'm doing something wrong. It's taking forever for this stuff to come off. Even after soaking in quick detailer and goo gone.

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Did you try rubbing alcohol?

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Bug and Tar Remover is suppose to remove tree sap as well.
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Try the hot water, I have a tree that likes to spot up cars once in awhile, I have hot and cold going to my hose. Crank on the hot and it washes right off. The WD-40 does also work for the tuff stuff. Back in the day I would remove all the wax and such (road grime, tar, bugs) with a good wipe down with kerosene, then wash a couple times and re-wax. That was back before base coat / clear coat though. Might want to test small spot before jumping to that, kerosene is not very aggressive so I think would be fine but I'm not a paint expert.

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I ended up just having to soak the spots for a long time but they eventually came up with a little work. There were some spots that had some residual outlines and the rubbing alcohol finished those off with ease. Ended up washing, clay barring and waxing the whole car last night too. Felt good (:
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I'd have just told her the trees got really excited by her car.
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I ended up just having to soak the spots for a long time but they eventually came up with a little work. There were some spots that had some residual outlines and the rubbing alcohol finished those off with ease. Ended up washing, clay barring and waxing the whole car last night too. Felt good (:
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Glad you got it all taken care of man!

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First off, thanks for reading this. I used to park under some pine trees at my apartment until I found tree sap had dripped onto my hood and roof. I was wondering if anyone knows how to safely remove dried and new tree sap from a car. I tried goo gone and it didn't really work that well. Actually it didn't work at all. Any ideas? Thank you.

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