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Old 10-12-2012, 10:00 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, 10:13 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, 10:16 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, 10:17 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, 10:20 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, 10:24 AM   #6
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Congratulations on the new Camaro.

Turtle Wax Bug & Tar remover. It won't mess up your wax or paint.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:25 AM   #7
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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, 10:52 AM   #8
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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, 10:54 AM   #9
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WD 40 and some elbow grease.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:56 AM   #10
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Sounds like the tree got excited. These cars are pretty hot...
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:12 AM   #11
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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, 11:14 AM   #12
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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, 11:21 AM   #13
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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, 11:22 AM   #14
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Brillo pads work well
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:24 AM   #15
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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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Sounds like the tree got excited. These cars are pretty hot...
That is funny
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:27 PM   #17
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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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Old 10-12-2012, 02:41 PM   #19
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WD40 works better on bugs, tar and tree sap than bug and tar remover does. Just make sure you wax any area that you treat.
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WD40 or Goo Gone is what I would use.

Don't forget to rewax afterwards though.
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:01 PM   #21
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This will be the first fall for me that both vehicles are in a garage. Long as I can remember I've been dealing with whatever crap all the giant oaks/pecans around here left on the cars... whether you were directly under them or not. It's horrible.
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I guess I am lucky. My truck parks under the edge of the neighbors fir tree and gets sap and bird dropping on it all the time. The bird droppings are a lot harder to get off. The sap or pitch from this tree must be pretty weak as it washes right off with just water.
I think the tar and sap remover works excellent and won't harm your paint.
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Indeed, she is beautiful. I finally got a photo from when I picked it up :-)

Is that at Pohanka?
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:46 AM   #24
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Just ike Commard said, Turtle wax bug and tar remover, Try that first, It will not harm your paint, and worked great for me once. Some guy said Brillo pads work good also,haha,funny
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:47 AM   #25
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Thats freakn funny man thanks,

LOL hahaha
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