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Removing Tree Sap & Gunk From Paint - Here's What Works

Discussion in 'Body / Exterior / Interior / Cosmetics' started by dacheat, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. dacheat

    dacheat ..is grounded.

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    so i don't have a garage to park in where i live right now, just an offstreet spot under a messy tree that drops all kinds of sap or sticky covered pods. i flicked off as many as i could but eventually, there were some that had stuck around on my black car in the sun for the better part of a week. 80mph for 2 hrs daily didn't budge 'em. pressure washing, scrub sponges - nothing budged these. i knew i needed something but i wasn't sure what. this stuff came highly recommended:
    [​IMG] and i give it :thumbsup: because it did a lot more than anything else i'd tried so far, but holy crap did it take some elbow grease and a long time. i used over half the bottle just to get about 8 of these sap spots off my hood - and there was still the whole car left to do. at this point i about gave up, because i'd read on the interwebs that once it chrystalizes, you have to sand it off and repaint. but last night i tried one more thing and it worked like crazy, earning :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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    yeah, a 99 cent bottle of rubbing alcohol (40%) and a bag of cotton balls did the whole car in an hour. i bet if i coulda found a more concentrated bottle it woulda gone faster too.

    you should be warned though - this may not be the best thing for your car's finish - mine was already swirled up from before i bought it so i didn't mind a few more swirls, and i waxed my car immediately afterwards. but if you want sticky tree crap off your car, this gets my vote.
     
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    Was the sap really cooked on and hard or was it still a little sticky?
     
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    I removed a sticker from my bike with a heat gun and goo gone, don't recommend though for plastic parts. The goo gone worked but took a lot of elbow grease, too
     
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    cooked on hard like cement :(. took about 30 seconds a spot, with the alcohol. took like 10 minutes of constant rubbing and lots of juice, with the turtle wax stuff.
     
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    wikedeye Well-Known Member

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    That is so cool...I have been tyring to get some off my car for two years...I was considering just getting a new paint job because I havent been able to get rid of any of it...I am going to try it and I will let you know.
     
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    hope it works for you! i'd say the sap was about a month old by the time i took the alcohol to it. i think once sap/organic matter cures/chrystalizes/gets hard it doesn't change much, so it should work for ya. i'd try to find something more concentrated than 40% if you can (i saw pics of bottles that were 90% on the web). for the bigger spots, i doused the spot pretty good and let it soak for a bit while i scrubbed on another one, then when i got back to that spot it rubbed out really quickly.

    lemme know how it goes!
    :popcorn:
     
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    You are my new favorite person!!! Everything came off except the one really big spot, but I think it will come off with a bit more work. Like I said the sap on my car has been there for 2 yrs, and it came off like it was just dirt. Thank you.
     
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    woot!! so glad it worked for you too. i thought i was seeing things when it came off so easy, and then i was just grinning like an idiot, scrubbing on my car. i'm pretty sure the neighbors had fun with that.
     
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    Claybar works well too! I usually do what I can with a power washer and scrubbing. Then clay the bugs,tar,marks etc.. off.
     
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    yeah, prior to my sap experience i had no complaints about my mother's clay bar. but it didn't budge this sap. :shrug:
     
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    Yeah it looks good. I might even wax my car now.
     
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    Im gunna have too try that tomorrow :D i gots sap spots all over my car... it makes me sad :(
    Like when you P.I.M.P. cup falls out of your hand and breaks!
     
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    i hear you on the sad; nothing says 'beater' like shit all over your car, and if you're not ready for beaterhood, it can be a sad, sad thing. :( i can't fix your pimp cup but your car will look good again :D.
     
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    I thank you. :D

    Update:
    That Shit Worked Great!!!!!
     
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