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    Tree sap removal?

    Asking for a friend (ok, neighbour).....is Goo Gone the best option for removing tree sap from a car? Neighbour got sap on black SUV at the cottage on the weekend so I lent a bottle of Goo Gone but after one application they said they can still see a thin layer of it that is stubborn to remove. I advised using it a second time and letting it soak in a little longer. (looks like they scratched the clear coat in the first application a little - or hopefully it's just the remaining sap that's showing light scratches).

    Any other options to successfully remove stubborn tree sap?

    Thanks!

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    rubbing alcohol

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    best to remove sap when it is still wet, it is difficult when dry —hand sanitizer works too I believe
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChickenLips View Post
    rubbing alcohol
    ya beat me chicken...
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    The rubbing alcohol would be ok on the clear coat?

    Would an IPA work? ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 92redragtop View Post
    The rubbing alcohol would be ok on the clear coat?

    Would an IPA work? ;-)
    I assume the alcohol is safe for clear coat, but as with all warning labels; test on unobtrusive area.

    As for the IPA, that'd be criminal. Expect a visit from the spilled beer division of the mattress police.

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    Fuel line antifreeze works well.

    I've had to use it on several cars each year when we come back from the cottage to remove pine sap that dripped all over the cars in the heat.
    Have seen no issues with the clearcoat.

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    Start with the least aggressive method first. Sometimes warm water can do the trick.
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    I used WD - 40 & a good wash afterwards !
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    Old skool cleaning solvent (not lacquer thinners)or any n all of the above.

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