Pine Tree Sap on Car

How do I

clean dried pine sap off my car, without damaging the paint?

Pippa Kay from Hampshire, UK


Pine Tree Sap on Car

It works. Alcohol wipe from a first aid kit worked perfectly. You


need to have one for each spot. (11/25/2006)

By Lex

Pine Tree Sap on Car

Wow. I never would have believed it. I have a brand new car that I

bought earlier this year. It had three different spots of smeared

tree sap. By now they had dried and looked white on my dark blue

car. A touch of Purell did the trick in seconds (didn't need

scrubbing). There was a bit of residue, so I tried the butter thing.

It looks like new again. Thanks. (01/07/2007)

By Carla

Pine Tree Sap on Car

I never add comments to sites, but had to this time because the

alcohol suggestion worked great. My truck was covered with little

specks of what I am guessing is sap. I tried everything for a car I

could think of, and baby oil, WD 40, nothing took this off, except

the alcohol. Doesn't seem to have affected the finish at all. I


tried the nail polish remover first, but felt safer with the

alcohol. Thanks for the help. (12/04/2007)

By K

Pine Tree Sap on Car

Windex or similar glass window cleaner. It is cheap, easy, and safe.

Just used it today on my truck. (04/25/2008)

By Common Sense

Pine Tree Sap on Car

I have not tried this on a vehicle, but plain vegetable oil

dissolves pine sap instantly. I have taken it out of hair and off

hands with this simple solution.

By Marcia

Pine Tree Sap on Car

Was very impressed with the fact that plain old OFF was able to

remove month old tree sap from my son's car with very little effort.


By Sue

Pine Tree Sap on Car

I have that problem constantly because I have to park under a pine

tree. I tried scraping it off and it didn't work well, and while

rubbing Rain-X onto the window, I noticed it was gone. I thought it


wasn't possible so I tried it on every sap spot I had and it got rid

of it. I believe the secret is the alcohol inside, so using Rain-X

or nail polish remover or anything with alcohol would work.


By Nicolette

Pine Tree Sap on Car

I tried using baking soda and a warm rag and it really worked now I

can't even find out where it was to begin with. Thanks a lot.


By Stephanie

Pine Tree Sap on Car

Fingernail polish remover is just acetone. Instead of buying

expensive polish remover, just go to your local hardware store and

pickup a can of acetone. It's usually found in the paint department.

Works great for tree sap removal.

Editor's Note: There is acetone and non acetone fingernail

polish remover. The acetone kind could harm your paint.


By Jeff

Pine Tree Sap on Car

I used rubbing alcohol as per advice from this site. I definitely

"do not" suggest it as it wrecked the clear coat on my car and left

me with streaky dull spots all over the hood and trunk of my car.


By Sarah B

Pine Tree Sap on Car

Pure rubbing alcohol without acetone is the best. Acetone

screws up the paint. Even some Absolut vodka or rum is OK.



Pine Tree Sap on Car

The best solution is to use Non-Acetone nail polish remover. It

removes all sorts of sap, you will strip the wax, give it a spray of

Son of Gun wax polish to top it off once you get the goo off.

Simple solution and works well. (08/02/2008)

By car owner

Pine Tree Sap on Car

Try a used fabric softener sheet that has been dampened with water.


ByCathy from MA

Pine Tree Sap on Car

Saw pine sap on new Hyundai Tucson, cleaned it with Grey Goose, just

a little, worked great. (09/09/2008)

By Mike

Pine Tree Sap on Car

I followed the suggestion to use a fabric softener sheet soaked in

water. It worked great. (09/22/2008)

By Andrew

Pine Tree Sap on Car

Dry Gas works great.

Editor's Note: Dry gas is an alcohol-based additive used

in automobiles to prevent any water in the fuel from freezing.


By Jorge M

Pine Tree Sap on Car

The acetone took off the paint on my Audi, very disappointing. I

will try the alcohol, but I'm leary. I could chop down that darn

tree, but it's my neighbor's and it hangs over my driveway.

Unbelievable. (11/30/2008)

By beej

Pine Tree Sap on Car

The Ultimate Answer.

I read all of the posts and tried a few. One was to use

mayonnaise, "don't do that". If you care about the finish on your

vehicle "listen carefully."

I have Pine trees all around my house so keeping up with the Pine

droppings is a full time job, to say the least. My truck is red. Red

shows everything. When I tried the mayonnaise it left a spot in the

finish for some reason. I had tried WD-40 in the past with some

success, but some spots just never came up. I saw on here that

someone suggested using rubbing alcohol so I tried that. The alcohol

worked very well, but when I washed it off it left a hazy film. I

tried a few things and "eureka" I found the solution. My solution is

outlined below. Follow each step carefully.

First a warning, or disclaimer" "Do this at your own risk. There

is no guarantee that this will work as well for you as it did for

me." You will need: rubbing alcohol, Q-tips, a rag sprayed with WD-

40, a dry rag, and a water dampened rag.

  1. Dip a Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and rub the pine tar until it is

    completely dissolved. (Do not reuse Q-Tip. Use a a new one for each


  2. After the tar is dissolved wipe spot with wet rag to remove the


  3. Rub the cleaned area with the WD-40 rag.
  4. Once again wipe cleaned area with damp rag for rinse.
  5. Wipe with dry rag.

I followed each step carefully and the result was fantastic. Hope

this helps for your vehicle. (08/12/2009)

By profile=thr932716">Dumpster Dawg

Pine Tree Sap on Car

Hi folks. These are great ideas for removing the pine sap. Here's something

else you should consider;
I live in an apartment complex, and always park in the same place,

under a pine tree, and never had a problem for about a year. All of

a sudden, I started getting the pine droppings. It was then I

realized that they were coming from the newly formed pine cones,

which were still green and just glistening with sap. So, if it's

possible for you to remove the pine cones over where you park. I

believe you'll solve most of your problems before they begin. Good



By profile=thr579088">footnote5

Pine Tree Sap on Car

"Do not" use rubbing alcohol. I used 70% rubbing alcohol on a cotton

ball to remove dried sap from my car. It removed the sap, but

ruined my paint. I rinsed, washed and waxed (with Turtle Wax paste)

my car immediately, but the rubbing alcohol has ruined the finish.

I now have foggy-looking spots all over my car. The spots are not

smooth. I tried rubbing compound and a buffer, but no luck. I have

an '04 Corolla that is in great shape. (09/05/2009)

By profile=thr424057">suebdoo93


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