When tree sap gets on your car it can be tricky to remove. You'll want to remove the sap without doing damage to the wax below it. This is a guide about removing tree sap from your car.
We were "rained on" by a newly trimmed pine tree. Not much seemed to work and the sticky gunk got everywhere!
This combo worked effortlessly:
I have white car which remains parked under a mango tree. The sap off the mango branches fell on it, which is now not coming off. I have tried many rubbings and other market thinners like petrol, diesel, acetone, etc. but all in vain. Kindly suggest the proper solution.
Can anyone tell me how to safely remove tree sap from my car's finish?
By Claire from Chicago burbs
If you have tree sap the best thing to do is not touch it and use a water hose to rince it off. I have tried everything also and found if you touch it, it sticks but if you rinse it with water it comes off very easy.
Mostly this is just a caution (regardless of what you see in some of the responses here (DO NOT USE NAIL POLISH REMOVER).
It contains acetone and acetone will dissolve both enamel and acrylic auto paint, it is a terrible idea.
I parked my truck over winter under a large pine tree and got hundreds of sap spots.
I am using a spray can product called "Tarminator", but my sap is in heavy spots and very dried on it takes 5 to 10 applications of Tarminator and hevy rubbing to remove each spot. The Turtle wax product does not work at all.
I am going to try mineral spirits (paint thinner NOT lacquer thinner) because from the smell it seems like it is the main ingredient in Tarminator and mineral spirits should not hurt my trucks acrylic lacquer clear coat finish.
Rubbing alcohol.or hand sanitizer.
How do you safely remove pine sap from cars without damaging the paint?
By Amanda from TX
You take a dryer sheet and wet it some and scrub over the sap normal works for me.
We live in a pine grove in Maine - the pine tree state, so I have some experience with this... I find that Purell or a similar waterless hand cleaner works well.
How do you get sap off a car?
By Lena C.
Rubbing alcohol and a q-tip. wet the q-tip with rubbing alcohol and rub the sap until it lifts off. follow up with by waxing the car with your favorite wax.
Do not use fingernail polish. It will strip the paint.
Use Baby oil and rub it until gone. I wouldn't use any chemicals as they can strip your clear coat/wax or paint right off. You could also try some ice and chip it off very carefully with a blade. I use the baby oil myself.
How can I remove the sap that has fallen on top of my car?
By Jesse B.
There is a product at the hardware store called "goo gone". Self explanatory.
I just tried Goo Gone It doesn't work don't waste your money WD-40 works but it's a lot of scrubbing here's my take on it a lot of scrubbing with WD-40 but it does work
I have some tree sap on my car hood and would like to remove it. Any suggestions for doing so without ruining the paint?
By Rose from Malvern, PA
I googled this subject and found a video on YouTube. Appears to work pretty well. You might want to do a color test in an inconspicuous spot to make sure the hand sanitizer doesn't damage your paint. This wasn't mentioned in the video but something I wondered about.
Tea Tree oil dissolves pine sap, spruce sap. It's safe enough to use as a mouth wash and will not harm your wax or paint. Find in a drug store or a health food store (better than mayo, butter, soda, cleaners).
How do I remove tree sap from my truck box liner/ I hauled a load of wood and now there's sap/pitch all over my liner.
Turpentine or finger nail polish remover. Helped cut down a evergreen in my front yard. Gloves were sticky with sap, then was my gloves with hands still in them and it came right off. Used gardening gloves not leather ones
How do I safely remove tree sap from my car?
By argene1946 from Blenheim, ON
I use Goo Gone. (05/20/2009)
Try Scott's Liquid Gold. (05/26/2009)
Regular Coca Cola will take it right off the windshield. I have heard Coke can mess up your paint, but I have not ever seen it do that. Good luck. (05/27/2009)
Before you try anything, use hand sanitizer that works great. And it's so easy, just wipe on and wipe off. (07/25/2009)
I've tried everything to remove sap from my auto. What I found to work really well is Goo. It's a liquid that is used to remove almost anything that is sticky. I found that it works better in the sun. Goo seems to work best when the body of the car is warm. It doesn't harm your paint and it works well on glass too.
By SYBCM from Santa Ynez, CA
Is this stuff orange scented? I believe the name is Goo Gone. (09/30/2009)
If you mean Goo Gone, it didn't work to get the sap off my car. (10/01/2009)
How does one clean sap off a car?