Cleaning Tree Sap From Glass?

April 26, 2005

Hand squeegying cleaner from a glass window by a treeHow do you remove pine tree sap from glass?

Helen Tobey from Michigan



April 26, 20051 found this helpful
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Try acetone. Acetone is a universal solvent. In college chemistry lab we used it to clean glassware that had all kinds of funky stuff in it and it would dissolve everything and leave the glass sparkling clean. It was also used to clean equipment between experiments.

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 13, 20050 found this helpful
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The best thing to use would be pine sap's natural solvent: turpentine (which is derived from the pine tree.)

Reference: Popular Mechanics

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By Cathy (Guest Post)
June 1, 20071 found this helpful
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Goo Gone Automotive Spray Gel is the best thing for any surface and or clothing that has tree sap.

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April 27, 20161 found this helpful
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I tried all the suggestions for tree sap, WD40 to alcohol. Rubbing alcohol was decent, rest, not really. Then I tried well everything else under the sink. Here's 2 cleaners not mentioned that work really well. Fantastic dissolves it, only light rubbing required.


Ammonia really dissolves it, keep it moist and rub lightly. A spray of Fantastic added some subs, keeping it from running off or drying too quick. 20 mins later, no trace of tree sap and no damage. :)

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July 1, 20162 found this helpful
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Dab a bit of butter or soft margarine on the sap. Wait a minute or two, then rub it off with a paper towel. This tip was given to me from a auto body repair shop. So simple...and it works. I've tried it on car and boat glass, car and boat paint and even my fingers!

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November 13, 2011

We just moved into a townhouse with a large holly tree in the back yard. Our patio doors have spots that look like water spots. We have had some success with Windex, Goo-Gone, and a razor blade. However, it is a very time consuming process. Since the holly tree branches cover the whole back yard, I can only assume that it is caused by sap or something from the tree. Might there be a specific chemical that can remove these spots?

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November 15, 20110 found this helpful

There is a product in the automotive departments and stores that removes bug remains from windscreens. You might give that a try. It cuts through just about anything!

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Coca Cola, original

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