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Old 04-19-2018, 10:19 PM   #1
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Hello, I bought a 2010 Impreza the other day. When I purchased the car I noticed there were some spots on the hood. At first I thought it was chips in the paint, I took my nail to one and realized it was sap because it was easy to scratch. When I took the car home I tried to take the sap off. I saw that most people used Alcohol to remove sap, it didn't work at all. I went to the store and bought a few products, turtle bug and tar remover, goo gone, turpentine and lacquer thinner. I decided I would try to start with the easiest going product and work up to the harsher ones.

None of the products removed the sap (as far as I can tell) its almost like it is baked on / embedded into the paint. When the sun shines onto the spots you can actually see the paint flake sparkling under it. Before using the products I washed my car, parked it under the shade and wiped every product dry. When I was done attempting trying to remove the sap I gave the car another wash.

When the water dried I realized that the hood now had discoloration in the areas some of the chemicals were and lots of ugly streak marks that were hard to remove. I had to buy a clay bar and run it over the hood to undo some of the damage I've done.

At this point I'm at a loss, I feel like I'm going to end up destroying my hood in attempt to remove the sap. I've thought about replacing the hood but it seems impossible to find a used one in my color for my generation. Do you guys have any other alternatives or suggestions? Someone mentioned it was cheap to paint a hood, is this accurate? Much appreciated.
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Old 04-19-2018, 11:47 PM   #2
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Have you tried https://googone.com/ i have used the Original "Goo & Adhesive remover" on lots of stuff including sap on car paint. i see that they now have an automotive formula. Maybe try that.

But I would apply heat 100* to 150* from a heat gun then claybar a spot. If that still dose not do it. Put the Goo Gone on, heat it to 100* to 120* wait 5-10 minutes and claybar it some more.
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Old 04-20-2018, 08:26 AM   #3
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tree sap eats through the clearcoat. Being that old of a car, I would think the damage went all the way through.

Last resort, heavy polish or wet sand it. If you dont know how to do this, Id suggest save up for a Maco paint job.
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Old 04-20-2018, 12:37 PM   #4
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its impossible to give sound advice without uploading a picture or seeing the car. Everything else is just a guess!!!!

WD-40 works well for removing tar and sap.

You never mentioned the color of the car. Some colors are more prone to delaminating and other colors are more prone to showing oxidation and marring. Since you bought the car the other day (didn't say if it was personal party sale or dealer sale), it is a good chance that if it was a dealer sale that there could be buffer trails in the paint which can look like holograms and streaks. IF that is true, then a compound/polish is needed.

Hope this helps, but upload a pic so we can help you in better detail
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Old 04-28-2018, 05:00 PM   #5
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https://drive.google.com/open?id=1gv...QDYNlvXfAth_i6

There's some pictures of closeups of the damage and some far away shots of the hood.
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Old 04-28-2018, 05:36 PM   #6
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I ve seen this dozens of times as we have lots of pine tree sap and people for some reason park under them. From what I can see in the pic, scratch the hard top layer off with your finger nail, then put alcohol on a small soft cloth and rub in a small circular motion and then keep using a clean spot(with alcohol) on the cloth again and again. After a few passes the sap will be gone. I would re wax the area after. It should take about 10 mins to do that entire area if done right. I don t see damage in the pics just the white that looks like dried sap.
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Old 05-01-2018, 11:56 AM   #7
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Looks like etched paint for sure. Best bet is to touch it up. Degreaser with good lubrication on a cool panel does wonders on horrible paint.
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Old 05-14-2018, 02:52 PM   #8
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Have you tried https://googone.com/ i have used the Original "Goo & Adhesive remover" on lots of stuff including sap on car paint. i see that they now have an automotive formula. Maybe try that.

But I would apply heat 100* to 150* from a heat gun then claybar a spot. If that still dose not do it. Put the Goo Gone on, heat it to 100* to 120* wait 5-10 minutes and claybar it some more.
the blind leading the blind... smh.

rubbing alcohol will take it out SAFELY.
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