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How to Remove Tree Sap from Car

Unless you are always in places without trees, it is very likely that you will find a sap in your car. No matter what tree it is, all types of sap have similar properties and there are several safe ways to remove this substance from the car.

Remove Tree Sap from Car

Step 1

Wash the car with a solution of water and detergent and then rinse. The reason for this wash before starting any sap removal method is to wash as much sap as possible, in addition to removing any dirt that might scratch the paint as the removal technique of choice is applied.

Step 2

Dilute no more than 50% of the isopropyl alcohol with hot water. Soak a cotton swab or cotton ball in this solution and wipe where the sap is stuck. Alcohol softens the sap and makes it easier to remove. Rinse the area where the sap was in warm or hot water.

Step 3

Soak a cotton ball in the alcohol solution and leave it in the sap for a few minutes before rubbing, if the sap has been in the vehicle for a long time or exposed to intense heat. Check the progress and humidity of the cotton ball frequently, adding more alcohol if necessary. Rinse the spot when the sap is removed.

Step 4

Applying disinfectant gel to the sap points with a clean cloth or cotton ball is another removal method. Proceed with rinsing with hot water to completely remove the sap. A round wax applicator can be used to pass the disinfectant if there is a larger area to be removed. Rub in a circular motion, as if you were waxing the car. Rinse thoroughly once all sap has been removed.

Step 5

Use nail polish remover without acetone, with a clean cloth or cotton ball, in places with sap. After the sap is removed, make a paste of water and baking soda to wash the affected area, then rinse with hot water. Test this method first in a more hidden location to make sure the paint is not damaged.

Step 6

After removing the encrusted sap, apply wax to clean any marks that may have been created during the removal method. Any affected areas also need to be waxed again, as the method and solvent used usually remove the underlying wax.