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Old 04-22-2001, 03:52 PM   #1
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Angry vent: tree sap

well this is my first spring in the RS and my first spring in this apt. So lastnight i take my normal parking spot(as close to my front door). To my supprise i got the second spot in. Well not thinking its right under a willow kinda tree. We had a light rain and i got p this morning, went outside to do my normal sunday thing to notice a million little seed pods ALL over my car. So when i see this i drive to the local DIY car wash to shoot these little things off with high powered water spray. To notice EACH one left a little sap spot!!! So after seeing that i couldnt wash the crap off i ran to the local auto stor to grab some tar/sap remover. Well after 30minutes @ the car was, 1.5 cans of sap remover, 5 hours i got almost all of it off!!!!! if i try to get the rest off i may rub the damn paint away.

SO...... I HATE TREES AND TREE SAP!!!!!!!

PS. any suggestion on the really hard to get stuff that wont kill the paint?
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Old 04-22-2001, 07:31 PM   #2
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Park somewhere else j/k

maybe a little Goo Gone will do it. I don't think it's bad for the paint.
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Old 04-22-2001, 07:35 PM   #3
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Hi, I used to park my metallic black car under a sappy tree.
I found using lots of really Hot Water helpful- straight out of the jug.
Total eradication needed a polish at the end of the season.
Birds, bugs and trees are the nemesis of a fine finish.
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Old 04-22-2001, 07:51 PM   #4
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Try parking under a pine tree.

Especially when it gets struck by lightning.

I had couldn't even chisel that crap off. Nothing would dissolve it either. It was insane... Tried hammer&chisel, acetone, bleach, drain cleaner, bug&tar remover, wax, EVERYTHING. Nothing would get those lumps of sap off. Did interesting things to the paint though.

Thank god that was only my old 87 sable wagon and not my subaru

-Marc
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Old 04-22-2001, 07:52 PM   #5
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I used an extremely small ammount of rubbing alcohol. but put it on the rag and then wipe. Sap was DESTROYED. It probably ate the wax on the finish along with the sap... so it couldn't hurt to wax afterwards..I waxed my car this weekend. uuuuu.... shiiiinyyy.
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Old 04-22-2001, 07:59 PM   #6
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Yeah, tree sap sucks!

I mean, drips!!!
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Old 04-22-2001, 10:38 PM   #7
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On the sable it had been sitting under the pine tree for four years before anybody drove it. It was the 'cargo' car and the 'breakdown' car. Then when I started driving it I ended up parking in the same spot.

This sap was not coming off.

So... the sap stayed on.

Donated the car to goodwill... made us more money than if we had sold it. The used resale value fluctuated depending on the amount of gas in the tank. I think the max was around $100 from kelly's blue book.

What a beater! But oh... what fun. If you tie down some cinder blocks in the back of the car it stays really level in the air!

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Old 04-23-2001, 05:11 AM   #8
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3M Adhesive Cleaner - availible at most smaller (non-chain_ autoparts stores. Should do it, and won't harm the paint. Very good stuff. Good luck!
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Old 04-23-2001, 07:20 AM   #9
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I think we should just cut down all trees, and get rid of the sun also! damn sun always blazing in ur eyes, can't see crap! I vote to get rid of it!
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Old 04-23-2001, 08:57 AM   #10
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3M Bug/Tar/Sap remover - its in a spray can -
really good stuff - but it will remove all the wax as well

my parking lot is surrounded by pines - i just got a huge spot of sap on my windshield

need to clean that today
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Old 04-23-2001, 04:33 PM   #11
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Ha.. I don't need no Sap remover... I just used my nails... yeah that's right.. scratched all 100 saplings off my car using just my nails..... ouch, and they still hurt
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Old 04-23-2001, 04:36 PM   #12
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My car stays garaged and I NEVER park under trees.

There's not much else you can do.
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