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TrueBlue01
Feb 9th, 2009, 10:13 PM
I have some hardened tree sap on my car, and was wondering what was the best thing to use yo remove it.

Ryan L.
Feb 9th, 2009, 10:18 PM
Try using clay with a lot of Quik Detailer.

Ryan

Murr1525
Feb 9th, 2009, 10:37 PM
Can also put some Bug and Tar remover on it. I tend to try to use my B&T before washing. Then clay as mentined after washing... hoepfully that would get it all.

Sal329
Feb 9th, 2009, 10:43 PM
I would try a bug and tar remover with a bug sponge, then wash as normal, clay....

Carfire
Feb 10th, 2009, 04:39 AM
Clay and Bug and Tar Remover are Great Suggestions.

angeloabbattista
Feb 10th, 2009, 05:00 AM
You can also use some mineral turpentine to remove the sap. You need to polish and re-wax the area treated.

erobertson
Feb 10th, 2009, 05:54 AM
You can soften the sap with a small amount of Goo Gone and gently remove the bulk of the buildup. Try to keep this to a small area, just enough to loosen and remove the sap covered paint only. Wipe the area down with a detailer and follow up with clay. Rewax and you'll never know it was there.

gb387
Feb 10th, 2009, 07:33 AM
Can also put some Bug and Tar remover on it. I tend to try to use my B&T before washing. Then clay as mentined after washing... hoepfully that would get it all.

Here is where my vote goes... I have always had good luck with clay alone but at times it would have been better to soften the sap up prior to removal.

On a side note, I would stay away from those bug sponges. IMO they are scratches looking for a place to happen. But thats just me!

Mike Phillips
Feb 10th, 2009, 07:49 AM
Just to cover the obvious... did you try washing it really well with soap and water? Different types of trees emit different types of sap and some sap will dissolve easily with water while others will require a strong solution to dissolve the sap.

(Just wanted to cover the basics).

:)

TrueBlue01
Feb 10th, 2009, 08:05 AM
Yes, I already washed the car with soap and water. The sap is from a pine tree, and has already hardened and is white now.

Mike Phillips
Feb 10th, 2009, 09:36 AM
You can try any of the below but first test in an inconspicuous area to make sure there are no adverse or negative effects to the surface the overspray or splattered paint is stuck on. True-Value, Lowe's and Home Depot should carry all of these,


Paint Thinner
Mineral Spirits
Lacquer Thinner (Might be same thing as generic paint thinner, will have to check)
Goo Gone
Goof Off

:)

TrueBlue01
Feb 10th, 2009, 10:22 AM
Thanks for the help. I look forward to learning more from all the pros on this forum.

Dan

Kevin Brown
Feb 10th, 2009, 12:09 PM
Try using clay with a lot of Quik Detailer.

Ryan

Ryan... tsk, tsk, tsk. :poke

You should recommend what we used when we were at the Batmobile gig.
Remember? I think it was on your Jeep, but maybe it was a black car.

Meguiar's Glass Cleaner!

Spray it onto the surface, or better yet- pour some on a piece of paper towel or rag, place it over the tree sap and let it soak.

It will remove soft or hardened tree sap effortlessly..
At least it has worked every time for me.

It is one of those things that old-timers used to tell me to use (alcohol) but I just brushed the advice aside. After I tried it I thought, "Why didn't I try it?!"

TrueBlue01
Feb 10th, 2009, 12:33 PM
Thanks, I used some 50% isopropyl alcohol and it was removed in a matter of a couple of minutes.