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Old 12-24-2004, 05:23 PM   #1
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Default Best way to get tree sap off the paint?

We just moved and now i have to park under a damn tree that is constentley ****ting tree sap all over my car, and i was wondering what the most effectrive way to get it off. Ive tried picking at it with my finger but its to damn hard. The only way i can get it off is with a knife but i dont want to mess up the paint any ideas?
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Old 12-24-2004, 05:27 PM   #2
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oh dammmn, ya, no knifey

goto the car crap dept of most any store and get "bug & tar" remover or something similar... youll need a lotta elbowing power.... sap is a major pain, try to get it off sooner, or else itll be more of a b*tch to deal with, as I found out when the last owner of my car just let it sit... :-o
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Old 12-24-2004, 05:30 PM   #3
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i detail cars for a living, you want to use lacquer thinner, you can get it a t lowes or home depot in the paint dept, youll want to use a good soft towel nothing to thin, and keep the rag wet with the thinner, dont rub to hard or you wills cratch the car, the wax over the area, good luck
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Old 12-24-2004, 09:12 PM   #4
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Thanks for the repleys, will try monday. The reason i became so pissed at that tree, is i left my car sitting under it for one week after I broke my leg and (i didn't want to move that much, much less try to use my right foot for the clutch), then i finaley get out there and there was a giant almost puddle of sap on my roof probley 5-6inch diamter . I do not get how that much sap can come from the same area of one tree.

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Old 12-24-2004, 09:17 PM   #5
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Old 12-24-2004, 11:01 PM   #6
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I use Turtle Wax bug and tar remover, works like a charm.
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Old 12-24-2004, 11:40 PM   #7
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can u cover the car? I'm a detailing freak and you seriously do NOT want to let that stuff sit on ur car.
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Old 12-24-2004, 11:43 PM   #8
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might not be a bad idea, stick a kingsized bed sheet or something on it, (you know the really thin type you pull over the mattress??) or a car cover? ahaha.. what am I smoking tonight.
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Old 12-24-2004, 11:47 PM   #9
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if you are careful you can use a razor blade. keep it as parallel to the surface as possible and every so slightly shave off the junk. you dont have to get it all off that way but it will give you a big head start and the stuff underneath wont be as hardened so you can remove it with a conventional cleaning product without so much scrubbing and scratching the finish. best way to do it imo.
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Old 12-25-2004, 12:32 AM   #10
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Try really warm water. That worked for some of the easier stuff. Also: get a clay bar. Those things do wonders.
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i detail cars for a living, you want to use lacquer thinner, you can get it a t lowes or home depot in the paint dept, youll want to use a good soft towel nothing to thin, and keep the rag wet with the thinner, dont rub to hard or you wills cratch the car, the wax over the area, good luck
Honestly, I have detailed cars for a long time too and this is a big secret many people don't know about.

It only takes a little bit and it will rub right off. AFAIK it does no harm to the paint that I have ever been able to see. You just put it on a soft cloth and rub it off lightly.

I have been able to use this to remove the worst sap stains in seconds. I also have removed literally a panel that was FULL of tar with it.

It HAS to be lacquor thinner not paint thinner or anything else.

Give it a whirl, I have never seen negative effects from it because it barely touches the paint and evaporates quickly.
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Old 12-25-2004, 05:42 PM   #12
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Thanks alot will try the lacquor thinner when the stores open up so i can buy it.

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Old 12-25-2004, 10:09 PM   #13
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Thanks alot will try the lacquor thinner when the sores open up so i can buy it.

be careful and watch those sores they will be gone in a week or two..
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Old 12-25-2004, 11:02 PM   #14
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If the trees are evergreens the sap will come off pretty easily with turpentine from the hardware store. As long as the sap hasn't been baked onto the paint for a long time like several months it should come right off with a little turp and a rag.
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Old 12-26-2004, 04:50 AM   #15
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be careful and watch those sores they will be gone in a week or two..
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I would say, use bug tar, that's what I used on my 4Runner and the sap came right off
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