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Old 09-10-2010, 04:36 PM   #1
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Default Brown spots on my car

I've got these little brown spots all over my car, guessing it's tree sap or something? When I wash the car, if I scrub REALLY hard they come off, but they are a real pain and growing in number. Any suggestions that might make it a little easier?

They are mostly on the roof and above the pillars, but surprisingly not on the hood. I guess it's the tree I park under normally?
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:58 PM   #2
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....if they're coming off with effort during your wash, then a clay bar should make short work of them. Any of the available clay kits at your local retailer should be fine (Mothers, Meguiars, Clay Magic...). It's a relatively easy, readily available OTC solution for contaminant removal.
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Old 09-10-2010, 05:23 PM   #3
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Well if you say you are parking under a tree its most likely tree sap. Best bet is to use clay bar to get rid of it. Scrubbing real hard on the car isn't greatest idea.
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:54 PM   #4
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I had some similar looking spots on my car this summer and they came right off with bug and tar remover.

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Old 09-10-2010, 11:06 PM   #5
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I actually washed my car today and saw some brownish/red spots. Just like you stated if you rub the spot it will come off but I decided to clay my car since I could feel the imperfections with my hand.
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Old 09-11-2010, 12:10 AM   #6
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1) try not to park underneath a tree anymore!

2) easiest way to get rid of it is to use bug/tar spray and clay bar

3) remember to wax/sealant after!

im a detailer ;D
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Old 09-11-2010, 03:01 AM   #7
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try using a sap remover of some sort. if its not on the hood, and just around the A-pillars and roof, its probably just sap. spray some sap remover on the affected areas, use a CLEAN microfiber (when i say clean, i mean almost brand new) wet it with the soap and water mix you usually use to clean your car (i hope thats not dish detergent) and lightly rub it off. apply light pressure. too much and you WILL scratch your paint. (light and/or heavy)

after you do that, wash your car again, then proceed with a clay bar to remove what you can not see. afterwards use your choice of sealant and wax. =)

I detail for bmw and see things like this on a daily basis. ive used that method to remove a lot of sap, tar, and lots of other mysterious crap on cars. (including candle wax...not sure how it got there) but i usually power polish then seal and wax =p
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:54 PM   #8
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Use hand sanitizer or simple isopropyl alcohol. Use a soft cloth and work in small circles with slight pressure. Honest to God it will get rid of those brown tree sap spots.
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