How do you get hard tree sap off your car?

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  1. shantybeater

    shantybeater loving the whoosh

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    I've got like a dollop of tree sap thats landed on my rear quarter..usually i'm out there at least weekly giving it a good clean but i've been seriously busy lately so its been a while. Anyway when i got to it the top of the drop was still gooey & came straight off, unfortunately a small layer has dried completely onto the paintwork & i cant for the life of me get it off, i've tried soaking it....rubbing autoglym shampoo on it, i even tried a bit of t-cut :blink:

    Anyone got any ideas? its frigging annoying as its gone white
     
  2. DPJ

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    Try a bit of WD 40 as a solvent, then quickly wash off? Maybe try some hotish water first to soften it?
     
  3. Reuvers

    Reuvers I is a Dutch man!

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    i don't know if i recommend putting wd40 on your paintwork...!

    i would get a spinning polishing tool (have no idea what that is called in english but you get my point) and use that with some wax. The high revs of the machine will heat up the sap and make it liquid again...then you might be able to get it off..

    again, i wouldn't use wd40...
     
  4. DPJ

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    See other threads about using WD40 for getting rid of tar spots in the detailing section... :)
     
  5. Reuvers

    Reuvers I is a Dutch man!

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    really?

    ok would;t have figured that.

    to be honest people can use anything they want on their cars, just not sure if i would do it to mine :)
     
  6. DPJ

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    For many years I thought the same as you - then I tried it. It's the solvent that does the work. I make sure I use a paint cleaner immediately after.
     
  7. Reuvers

    Reuvers I is a Dutch man!

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    in that case, should sap ever get on my car I'll give it a try!
     
  8. sydoggkdy

    sydoggkdy Full Member

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    ive got turtle wax bug and tar remover! just spray it on it works its magic and you polish it off! and it comes off with a bit work!
    i park under a tree, and my roof goes black in about a week! lol

    si
     
  9. alx_chung

    alx_chung Dark Lord of the Torque

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    A mild claybar and Quick detailer is one of the best ways to remove tree sap and tar from your car bodywork.
    Alex
     
  10. t-1000

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    Spot on kindest to your cars paintwork too.
     
  11. DPJ

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    Of course, but I don't think you'd claybar off the dried sap shantybeater describes.
     
  12. alx_chung

    alx_chung Dark Lord of the Torque

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    You can get a more aggressive claybar that will hopefully remove the tree sap from the bodywork. Again you have to be careful and make sure that you use plenty of QD. The otheroption is to use some kind of tar remover on the area first and then wash off before claying.
    Alex
     
  13. rye#1

    rye#1 Full Member

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    clay bar is the best way to remove tree sap and last touch as a lube after a wash.if a medium grade clay dont work try a more agressive clay bar
     

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