Removing tree sap off car

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  1. deltatux

    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    Hey guys,

    I know Guru3D isn't the best place to ask this, but I'll ask anyways: how do you get rid of tree sap that has dripped on to the car? I tried going through the car wash twice (that didn't clean it off at all), tried scrubbing it with a wet paper towel, tried using a squeegie and scrub with paper towel but to no avail.

    Would using CLR be OK for cars? I'm not too confident using it on my car but I thought it may be a solution.

    The tree sap seems to be either of Cedar or Pine.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks,
    deltatux
     
  2. scheherazade

    scheherazade Ancient Guru

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    I got some goof off or something like that, but I never used it.
    I managed to puck/scrub off anything without relying on removers.

    -scheherazade
     
  3. Damage_Plan

    Damage_Plan Master Guru

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    nothing like getting tree sap stuck to your ****in windows lol.... i went thru 2 huge jugs of that really expensive winshield washer fluid in a matter of a month and a half
     
  4. deltatux

    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    how did you manage to scrub it off without using any type of agent or water?

    deltatux
     

  5. scoter man1

    scoter man1 Ancient Guru

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    I think he meant to say pick :)
     
  6. CorNeLL

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    I just use regular dish soap and a sponge.
     
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    Have the same problem since we have a mango tree right next to where I park my car. It comes off easily with any type of petroleum/gas/fuel/kerosene. :D Just remember to rinse the area with soap and water after.
     
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    I use cotton metal polish they have ingredients that break down stuff like that, it's safe for glass and wont scratch it, but it doesn't just wipe off easily after you get the sap off, gotta soap and water it after.
     
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    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    Is it safe for the chassis itself? The sap is on the body of the car, not the windows...

    deltatux
     

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  12. sykozis

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    On the body (painted surfaces) use either a clay bar such as the one Ronin linked to....it can in fact damage paint if used too often or too much pressure is applied. The idea is to apply as little pressure as possible. Make sure you use water!!!

    You can also try something like this Crest Acry-solv if you can find it at a local auto paint supplier. It's widely available in the US, don't know about Canada. Usually runs about $16USD per can locally (for me). Apply to a rag (not paper towel) and scrub the effected area.

    I work in a collision repair shop and tree sap is a pita when you're trying to fix someone's car....

    Gas I wouldn't advise as some formulations can actually damage paint....
     
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  14. deltatux

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    Would using dish soap be safe on a painted surface?

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  15. hallryu

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    I use the Polish chaps at the car wash. Damn fine job they do as well, I'm there nearly every week as I live on a tree lined avenue.
     

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    Yup I've been doing this for years and the paint and clear of my car are intact and shiny.
     
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    Spray it on a towel and wipe it off. Works well. The cream versions work the same way.
     
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    God help some of your lots paintwork with the stuff your using.

    Im abit of a detailing finatic so use a few things, probably best would be a nice clay with a nice slick detailer so the clay slides over well, should remove alot of paintwork contaminents.

    I reccomend Auto Fineese products.
     
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  19. sykozis

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    Dawn dish soap works wonders. Softens your hands and gets your car clean all in 1 shot. Not sure how it does on dishes though, tbh.....
     
  20. deltatux

    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    LOL, thanks, I'll try using the dish washing soap and go find a sponge (not the one I would use to wash dishes later, duh :p)

    deltatux
     

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