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Old 08-18-2009, 10:27 PM
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Dried Tree Sap

I've looked through a couple of threads regarding this...

Anyone have ideas on how to deal with dried tree sap on the paint? I'm usually good with getting the sap drops off while still hot & gooey, but I just found two spots that I missed... It looks like they've been there for a couple of weeks, and are pretty hard. One on the roof, and one on the front bumper.

I've tried this aerosol sap remover... Didn't work at all. Would Goo-gone or the iso alcohol mix work with the hard dried sap?
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:44 PM
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I hear ya, that sucks....I park under a maple tree an its been bad this year. I love the shade otherwise I'd cut it down. Mine are tiny droplets and lots of them. I use Mequires car wash soap and it always seems to come off. Sounds like yours is a bigger spot and really baked on good. What about bug n tar remover? I use that on tar spots and it comes off pretty easy. Maybe that would work for your sap spots, might take a couple appications. I wonder if really hot water would soften the sap up?
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:47 PM
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Goo gone may not be strong enough. Goof off will likely work, but you have to be careful with it. It can potentially damage the paint if left on too long. You might want to hit up a hardware store and look for a really potent solvent that is paint safe. Water soluble, maybe.
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WD-40 will take anything off your paint. Just ensure you wash the spots really well, and then lay a coat of wax on them. I used WD-40 to remove the sticky backing on my side trim and rear emblems....
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Try some hot water on a towel, try to soften the spot ? Then some WD40.
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I used rubbing alcohol on my mom's car and it worked like a charm! It was also dried on by the time we tried to remove it. You just have to use something after because it tends to leave a white haze on the paint.
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I hate to say this but if nothing else you could try a power washer or a car wash to just blast it off. Never really dealt with tree sap so I am just guessing. Good luck
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I got amazing results from Brake Cleaner. With a little rubbing it came of the paint, plastic and the windows. Learned alot from the experience but #1 was:

Never park under a sappy tree in 95 degree weather

I was amazed because I tried all the usual stuff first then remembered how the brake cleaner works on the rotors.

I will try WD40 on the new little spot I have and make a comparison.
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I just removed some from sap on my TB from my pine tree hanging over the drive way.
I was looking for some wd40, but found the brake cleaner first. Works great. A little on a paper towel and dried stuff and wet stuff came right off.
I scraped the majority off with a knife or razor blade first and everything is clean.

Might have to go put some wax back on now.

I also purchased a 14' tree trimmer....HEHE take that pine tree.
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WD-40 will take anything off your paint. Just ensure you wash the spots really well, and then lay a coat of wax on them. I used WD-40 to remove the sticky backing on my side trim and rear emblems....
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Try some hot water on a towel, try to soften the spot ? Then some WD40.
hot soapy water then use some WD-40 then you will need to put some wax on since the WD-40 will strip the wax, there are a multitude of things you can use WD-40 on and wont hurt paint or plastics.
works real good on engine dressing and wheel well dressing
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