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Old 07-04-2011, 05:41 PM   #1
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Unhappy I park under a tree

So, my wife parks her black Jetta on our driveway, which happens to be under a very large (long needle) pine tree.
There's no globs of sap on the car but the tree does weep considerably.
We've been parking the car under the tree for 2 years now, you can feel the residue on the paint.

Any suggestions to get the clean up the paint?
Would it be a good idea to use a paint thinner to get the sap/wax off the car?
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:47 PM   #2
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My family uses tar-off or rain-x actually works pretty well on the body, Just if you use rain-x wax it after because it leaves a small mark
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:50 PM   #3
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The whole car is covered with a light layer of sap. You can feel it if you run your fingers on the paint. Otherwise it just looks a bit dirty.
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:55 PM   #4
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Simple.... use a clay bar git. Meguiars is my fav, you just apply a quick detailing spray, run the bar of clay over the surface back and forth and it will pick up the sap. It takes time but really works wonders.

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Old 07-04-2011, 07:03 PM   #5
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Simple.... use a clay bar git. Meguiars is my fav, you just apply a quick detailing spray, run the bar of clay over the surface back and forth and it will pick up the sap. It takes time but really works wonders.

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+1 try this out
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:20 PM   #6
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I feel you pain - we have three cars, all parked under a 40ft maple. Add to that my neighbor has about 15 bird feeders on his property......

My black Subie is the worst, a clean car wash lasts about 10 minutes at best

I have yet to clay bar anything - but that is my next adventure

Good luck
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:14 PM   #7
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When I bought my 02 it had sap all over it. Tried clay bar and it didn't do anything. what I found that worked awesome was hand sanitizer. The bottles of purell. I little blob and a rag took everything right off.
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:30 AM   #8
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clay is useless against tar and sap. you need a solvent based cleaner like this http://www.detailersdomain.com/3M-Ge...983_p_272.html or this
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i use the honda polish and its amazing! takes off nearly anything you throw at it.
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:58 PM   #9
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I just use denatured alcohol on a rag to get rid of small spots. Hand sanitizer works very well, gets it off quick and easy but that would only work well for small spots. If your whole car is covered though maybe denatured alcohol on a rag would do the trick. You have to work it though, takes time. It really depends on how thick the sap is.
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:09 PM   #10
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if you don't get it fast enough it will actually eat the clear on the paint...as the previous owner of the car how I know.
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:44 PM   #11
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Kill the tree.
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Old 07-05-2011, 04:42 PM   #12
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never had this problem(knock on wood), but i use wd-40 on for tar removal...it may(or may not) work...the alcohol sounds good too...whatever you do....wax it afterwards...
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:23 AM   #13
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Well, at least when you do get it cleaned up you are now the wiser and know to stay away from trees, especially during summer when they drop the most sap. Not only that but the chances of bird droppings increases by 100% lol.

No more trees and you'll be happy =]
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Old 07-10-2011, 03:10 AM   #14
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cut down the tree?
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Old 07-10-2011, 03:26 AM   #15
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had the same exact problem. i just bought a car cover and just got used to putting it every night or every time i get home from work or play.
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Old 07-10-2011, 01:55 PM   #16
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I use fast reducer from a body shop store to take sap off. Yes it might make the clear a little soft and scratch some in the process but its fast and works good. Plus I figure if your car is covered in that much sap, then scratches are the least of your worries.
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Old 07-10-2011, 02:44 PM   #17
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My drive way has the neighbor's tree right above it, and any time it rains, i can just hear the wax getting stripped off my car
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Old 07-10-2011, 03:12 PM   #18
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Clay bar it or use other cleaners waxes etc to get the sap sn **** off. Make it all shiny then buy a goddammed car cover and your prob should be solved as sap bird poop etc will be on the cover not the car.
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Old 07-10-2011, 04:18 PM   #19
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use bug and tar remover, should clean up great
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Old 07-10-2011, 05:21 PM   #20
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I say solve the problem. Cut the tree down.
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:47 AM   #21
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Hopefully if you cut down the tree you don't have your car parked anywhere near it.
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