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    Sap removal.

    I have some thick, sticky sap spots on my wife's white 2017 Toyota Sienna. The spots are about 1/4" in diameter and are raised.
    I tried washing with warm water to soften, plastic razor blade, bug/tar remover. It did knock it down but you can still feel the spots and there is a ring that is etched into the paint. Usually the sap spots in our area are small spots that come off easy. I have never come across sap so thick and heavy.

    I am a hobby detailer, I have 2 years experience with a DA and almost 40 with a rotary. I use to do paint and bodywork.

    Any tips or suggestions would be great.

    Thanks

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    Re: Sap removal.

    Glass Cleaner is a good one sometimes...
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    Re: Sap removal.

    Hi.
    Try to use alcohol, solvent or acetone.
    I use 100% alcohol with cotton disc.

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    Re: Sap removal.

    Evgeny, I tried the alcohol and it worked great. Thank you for the tip.

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    Re: Sap removal.

    You are welсome.

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    Re: Sap removal.

    also mineral spirits can work on the quite well along with tar

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    Re: Sap removal.

    Quote Originally Posted by 63falconconvert View Post
    Evgeny, I tried the alcohol and it worked great. Thank you for the tip.
    Yes this work and I always be sure to clean the product off the vehicle well either with lots of water or detailing spray. I do not like to leave on the vehicle for fear of damaging paint

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    Re: Sap removal.

    The Goo Gone Automotive Specific Formula has worked well for me in the past. Always a good idea to neutralize surface with a pH balanced car wash soap after application. From there, assess any stain & address as needed, can always do some light sanding (3000 Grit Foam Backed Disc like Meguiar's Unigrit or 3M Trizact) if needed to assist in removing a deep etching.
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