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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-16-2016, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Dissolve/Remove Pine Sap?

Sunday night, a severe thunderstorm came through, packing marble-to-golf-ball-sized hail. My KL ended up with several dimples, and no, I don't think they're cute. I live in a dense forest, of which half the trees are long-leaf pines. After the storm, my KL was covered with fresh pine needles knocked off the trees by the hail. When I left for work the next day, I discovered that every needle that landed on my KL had secreted a drop of sap.

I tried cleaning the sap dots off the windshield with Turtle Wax Bug & Tar Remover, and once again, found it to be the most useless bottle of do-nothing juice I've ever bought (doesn't work on bugs or tar, either).

Can anyone recommend a product that will remove the sap without ruining the paint? Then it's off to Dent Doctor.

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-16-2016, 08:36 AM
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You can try and clay bar it. I've used this kit to get off gas stains and marks. Doing the whole car will be a bit of work.

- Non-abrasive clay bar safely, easily, and instantly removes paint overspray, fallout, environmental contaminants and more

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I've honestly just used hot water and dish soap, at least for little sap spots like you describe. Not overly friendly to a wax coat, but does not hurt the paint... Once done a quick coat of Ice works fine do bead up water again (I happen to use Ice, so easy to clean up and match rest of car w/o full on wax job for whole thing. Sorry to hear about the dents.

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I also live surrounded by White Pines and Spruce....I use Simple Green, full strength, on a cloth to dissolve the sap and wipe off, then a good strong wash with auto soap (I but what's on sale) and then sadly, you need to wax again. I've never had to resort to clay or anything stronger than the Simple Green.

Good luck, sucks about the dents too, I have had some taken out by PDR (paintless dent removal) companies and found they do a great job..
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Here's strange method but it works. Get some ice cubes out of the refrigerator. Rub them over the sap for several minutes. (It hardens the sap). Carefully peel it off with a smooth straight edge (like in a baking cake frosting spreader...). It comes off a-ok easy.
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WD-40, microfiber.
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rubbing alcohol, or hand sanitzer on a paper towel. or easier, I use the hand sanitizer towelettes from CVS

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I've never had to remove sap from a car, but if I did, I would try an old trusted friend :
Can I use Goo Gone on my car or motorcycle to remove sap, tar, sticker adhesive and dried latex?

Traditional and Automotive Goo Gone formulas are safe to use on your car’s exterior, using instructions for hard surfaces. To clean interior stains, use the instructions for carpeting and upholstery. Goo Gone may also be used on vinyl and non-tinted glass.
Source : http://googone.com/FAQs.aspx
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I'd try Simple Green first, Goo Gone next, and maybe rubbing alcohol as a last resort. But save the Scotch and the ice cubes until after you give up on the others. - Ted
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WD-40 for bugs, tar, and sap.

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