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Old 05-01-2002, 10:56 PM   #1
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i have several spots on my car that have sap that i would like to get off. the previous owner (i bout this car 5 days ago) lived in an apartment and was forced to park it under a pine tree. before he sold it to me he took it to get detailed and now there is just a shiny coat of wax over the sap. how do i get it off? will it ever come off?

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Old 05-01-2002, 11:34 PM   #2
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SubaruLover,
Sap is typically water-soluable, although when dry effectively resists water. I think you'll find success by gently pouring very hot (near-boiling) water over the afected area. The drops of sap will soften with repeated hot-pours. I've been known to apply a hot-wet-towel to sustain the effect and really soften tenacious droplets on my previous black paint. They will polish off easier then. Then go over it with claybar to be rid of any residue. If this is likely to recur, keep the car freshly clay-barred and waxed to minimize adherence of the evil substance in the future.
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It is true for medicine as it is with automotive detailing, first doctrine is to do no harm. -K

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Old 05-02-2002, 09:14 AM   #3
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Believe it or not, but Rain-X will take it right off.
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Old 05-02-2002, 02:40 PM   #4
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WD-40 will also work amazingly well for removing sap and road tar from paint. Be sure to rewax right away afterwards though since it'll strip the wax too...
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Old 05-02-2002, 03:09 PM   #5
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thanks guys i'll give it a try this weekend
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Old 05-02-2002, 03:28 PM   #6
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How well would lightly rubbing with polishing compound work? That is all I have around the house and I just found a pretty dry spot of sap...

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