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Old 07-27-2010, 09:57 PM   #1
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got tree sap on my WRB hood and scoop. I purchased the car this way.

I used Turtle wax bug and tar remover...it did nothing.

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Old 07-27-2010, 10:35 PM   #2
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Never had much luck with bug/tar remover stuff.

Clay bar is said to work, though its a bit of work, My brother spent a good part of a day clay bar'n his Grand Prix but said its worth it. I will do the Impreza someday...then RejeX it. RejeX will make stuff stick a lot less, it was all I used on my Neon, and only tar would stick. Tar is just nasty stuff...

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Old 07-28-2010, 01:37 AM   #3
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....bug and tar remover can be effective but what I find is that many folks don't allow enough time for it to dwell on the contaminant. I typically saturate a spot on a towel and hold it on the affected area for a couple of minutes (checking periodically to check the progress). Some folks use IPA or even denatured alcohol. In either case, sometimes when sap is left for too long it can be a real bear to soften and remove.
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:54 AM   #4
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try goo gone. that stuff usually works good on stuff like that and it shouldn't be harsh to the paint job
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:58 PM   #5
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try goo gone. that stuff usually works good on stuff like that and it shouldn't be harsh to the paint job
+1. Goo gone FTW, great on anything sticky stuck your car. Perfect for bumper stickers, sap, WRX badges and such.
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:07 PM   #6
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peanut butter. not chunky.
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:40 PM   #7
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The bug and tar remover has worked for me in the past; however, I find I have better luck if it's a hot day and the tree sap is warm and sticky, vs when it's cold and the sap is hard. Gotta let the remover sit for awhile, too...2 mins, usually.
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Old 07-28-2010, 02:31 PM   #8
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Battery acid on a paper towel and rub moderately, should take it off with minimal effort.
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Old 07-28-2010, 02:34 PM   #9
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Depending on how long the sap has 'baked' onto the surface, I'd try my old standby first.

Yep! Good ole' WD-40!

Wet the area with WD, allow it to wet/soak into the sap, then begin to work the WD lightly into the sap with your finger tip. If the sap begins to soften, keep wetting/rubbing with WD. Every so often wipe the area and apply fresh WD and keep at it.

I've found this works well on fairly fresh/recent sap. It takes time, but it has worked for me.

The WD does not harm your paint. If it works and you get the sap off, wash the car and re-wax the area(s), or the whole car.

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Old 07-28-2010, 02:46 PM   #10
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Stoners Tarinator can work well or clay bar are my go to's.
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Old 07-28-2010, 02:57 PM   #11
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clay bar, an some patience.
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:02 PM   #12
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bug and tar remover has worked for me in the past. Seems the longer it sits on the car the harder it is to get off.
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:13 PM   #13
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thanks guys, what if it hard and baked in? what plan of attack do we go for..rubbing alcohol?
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:16 PM   #14
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Just go play in the mud and you won't even notice the tree sap I would try a clay bar and soapy water, has always worked for me with sap. Good luck!
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:48 PM   #15
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wash then clay bar the car, then if you have a porter cable start by using a light compound, if that doesnt work, pick up a more harsh compound. If your affraid to use a PC, call up a local detailer.
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:32 PM   #16
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just tried automotive goo gone. Let it sit and it tried to wipe it. Didn't do a damn thing.
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:34 PM   #17
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callin up a detailer....I just want this stuff gone
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:15 PM   #18
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:26 PM   #19
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...I've got rubbing alchy...tryin it tomorrow

clay bar will be my last resort
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:23 PM   #20
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rubbing and denatured alcohol work great. my parents have a habit of parking near pine trees back home (South Carolina) and get tasked with cleaning the cars up whenever i am home from college... dampen a terry or microfiber towel with the alcohol and the lightly rub the sap in question. it will start to get clear looking. at this point just keep rubbing lightly, making sure that your towel remains damp. it may take a minute or two to get through the sap, but once it is gone, wash and wax and you're done.
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:27 AM   #21
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Thanks ascott13, def going to give it a try.

this morning I walked outside and noticed the tree sap I had been testing goo and turtle where a white chalky color. I guess the products were finally doing something. Hopefully the Aclhy will finish the job nicely
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Old 07-29-2010, 06:16 PM   #22
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paint thinner/mineral spirits works every time. i've used thinner many times to take off splattered road paint, tree sap etc. without any illeffects. just do it in the shade on a cool car, and don't let it sit.

wash area first, apply thinner to a rag, wipe sap off, re-wash car. and apply wax where thinner was.. enjoy
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Old 07-29-2010, 06:36 PM   #23
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I used some isopropyl rubbing alchy....let it sit for a bit and it did nothing.

I'm wondering if the damage is done

I got frustrated and scratched it just a bit to see if it would come off ( I even knew it was a bad idea) I think I'm seeing a little bit of gray primer.

Not a big deal, I plan on geting some scratches I have on the left side touched up, its only the size of a pea.

Damn this is frustrating.
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:39 PM   #24
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paint thinner/mineral spirits works every time. i've used thinner many times to take off splattered road paint, tree sap etc. without any illeffects. just do it in the shade on a cool car, and don't let it sit.

wash area first, apply thinner to a rag, wipe sap off, re-wash car. and apply wax where thinner was.. enjoy
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