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Old 05-04-2011, 08:43 PM   #1
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tree sap removal

i just got a thick drop of tree sap on my hood, any suggestions on how to remove it, im scared to use something like goo off, thanks in advance
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:53 PM   #2
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Clay Bar with extra spray lubricant
should take it right off. just dont rub on it crazy. light and slow and you should be fine.
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:08 PM   #3
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I had just clayed my SIM for the same reason. Anybody know how to remove the small amounts of sap from the windshield? Think that can be clayed too?
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:11 PM   #4
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Dawn dishwashing soap will get rid of any tree sap problem.

Now, you either have to re-wax after claying or washing with Dawn.

Take your pick.

Me, I choose Dawn. Much easier.
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:20 PM   #5
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I had just clayed my SIM for the same reason. Anybody know how to remove the small amounts of sap from the windshield? Think that can be clayed too?
Using a clay bar on the glass works quite well!
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Yes, you can clay the glass. It actually cleans it very well, but I don't recommend for sap unless it's sap that's spritzed on from a nearby fir (tiny little droplets, feel like sand)-- most of those are taken off with soap and water. On glass, a razor blade makes quick work of taking up sap, especially big or hardened globs.. Follow up with a coat of rain-x, after washing and claying the glass.

Tree sap on paint...sorry, sometimes Dawn dish soap just won't cut it. If it's a huge glob (this I know about...I have 100' firs on my property), you need to get as much of the glob off the body panel as possible using paper towel or a dull plastic edge (be very careful about scratching the paint).

Then, depending on the age of the sap, I'll use a bit of bug and tar remover. With fresh sap, it comes right off. If it's aged a bit, I'll put it on the sap and rub it in a bit with the tip of my finger. Sometimes a clay bar helps, but the hard tree sap just usually shreds the clay. For the really bad stuff, I'll put on a pair of thicker latex gloves and work the edges with my nail, using a healthy glob of bug and tar remover.
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Clay bar works wonders.
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Old 05-04-2011, 10:15 PM   #8
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I've found sap comes off no problem at all with the Turtle Wax car wash soap I use... coupled with a chamois mitt, never had a problem with it.

I have Turtle Wax Ice on my car, and things don't seem to stick to it very well at all, which makes cleaning a lot easier too.
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Turtle Wax Bug and Tar remover, spray on let it sit a few minutes wipe off.
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the quickest easiest and non-damaging way is to use a small amount of go-jo non -pumice hand cleaner,put a small spot on the wax,smooth it around all over the sap,let it sit for a few minutes wipe away with a soft cloth. It will not hurt your paint,it' s simple and painless. My husband used to be an autobody man and this was a tip they used to tell people about after having their car painted. It's petroleum based and safe, you can use vaseline too but doesn't work as well.
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I'll offer up some advice for a very simple solution.

70% Isopropyl Alcohol on a plush microfiber towel. Soak a spot on the towel, put in on the sap and hold it there for a few moments, then gently wipe. The IPA will soften the sap up for removal, then simply follow up with a little Detail Spray and touchup the area with your preferred wax/sealant.
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Old 05-05-2011, 02:19 PM   #12
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thanks alot guys, so far ive got most of it off with dish soap, im gonna try the alcohol tonight to get the remaining off or i might just clay bar it since the car needs it anyways this stuff is really thick but im sure it will wipe right off thanks again
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Old 05-05-2011, 02:47 PM   #13
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I'll offer up some advice for a very simple solution.

70% Isopropyl Alcohol on a plush microfiber towel. Soak a spot on the towel, put in on the sap and hold it there for a few moments, then gently wipe. The IPA will soften the sap up for removal, then simply follow up with a little Detail Spray and touchup the area with your preferred wax/sealant.


This is the technique I used to remove 3 years worth of sap from my '97 Chevy truck before selling it. Didn't matter if the sap was hard and dry or fresh and soft. The alcohol and microfiber towel took off every bit of it.
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