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Old 10-12-2012, 11:00 AM   #1
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New car, parked under a tree that piled tree sap on my car..

Hi Everyone,
The other day I did a mistake of parking under a tree that created a mist of tree sap on my car, it was everywhere as if someone sprayed it on. When I noticed it I tried to wipe it down as much as I could at home with a moist rag, I probably got 80% off but it was night time so it was hard to see. The following day I washed the car down as well as I could but there are still some annoying drops here and there.

Anyone have a suggestion how to safely get rid of it? The car is just 3 weeks old so this is super annoying.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:13 AM   #2
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This happened to me when i had my grand prix... except i did nothing to it all fall/winter and finally tried to get the sap off in the spring... bad decision...

Whatever you do, dont use a clay bar to try to get it off, some people may suggest that. I tried to use a variety of things, including the clay bar, but when i got the sap off with the bar, the paint ripped right off with it too... but this could be because it was so caked-on for so long. Not sure what you could try dude; but im sure theres some kind of wash or spray that would work well
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:16 AM   #3
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Dawn soap. Scrub with Dawn + warm water...let it sit for a little bit...then rinse...should come right off.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:17 AM   #4
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^^ if you use dawn then I would recommend polish w/ a PC & wax.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:20 AM   #5
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^^ if you use dawn then I would recommend polish w/ a PC & wax.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:25 AM   #6
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Yes, Dawn will work but will strip any wax that's presently on the car.

Try Comrando's suggestion.

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Old 10-12-2012, 11:52 AM   #7
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Thanks so much for all the replies. I'll try the Turtle wax tar/bug remover and let you know. The good news is I got probably 90% off just by catching it on time before it dried or had a chance to "bake" in the sun.. That's the disadvantage with black, I guess, you see EVERYTHING.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:54 AM   #8
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WD 40 and some elbow grease.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:56 AM   #9
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Sounds like the tree got excited. These cars are pretty hot...
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:12 PM   #10
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Sounds like the tree got excited. These cars are pretty hot...
Indeed, she is beautiful. I finally got a photo from when I picked it up :-)
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:14 PM   #11
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try using plain, alcohol based sanitizer. i use a small drop to get rid of any blemishes i have trouble with.
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:21 PM   #12
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WD 40 and some elbow grease.
When everything else fails that usually works. Just make sure to re-wax afterward.
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:22 PM   #13
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Brillo pads work well
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:24 PM   #14
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isn't goo gone advertised to remove tree sap? And it's known to be safe for cars.
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:33 PM   #15
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Sounds like the tree got excited. These cars are pretty hot...
That is funny
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:27 PM   #16
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Alot of good options offered up. Since I don't know crap about this kind of stuff, I would go down to my local trusted bodyshop and ask them. Paint job, and in particular a black one, is not something to experiment on.
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Turtle Wax Bug & Tar remover. It won't mess up your wax or paint.
+1 on this.

It's great on bugs too. I carry it with me when we road trip on our vacations.
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