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Tree sap on roof/hood

When I was doing a quick car wash yesterday I noticed I had three little spots of tree sap on my car.

I do not know how to get it off:

1) Bug and tar remover doesn't seem to work for me (historically)
2) Somone on here mentioned using rubbing alcohol (don't know if that will harm the paint
3) Tried using warm to hot rag (letting it soak on the spot-to no avail)

Any pointers guys, I know this has happened to someone down the line!!


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Here is a little secret that will not harm the paint and remove the tree sap,WD 40,after words wash car and detail /wax your Mustang.Try it on a small spot to see if your happy.

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Here is a little secret that will not harm the paint and remove the tree sap,WD 40,after words wash car and detail /wax your Mustang.Try it on a small spot to see if your happy.
Yup. WD 40 works great on sap. That's an old school remedy.

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WD40 works, but... It will leave oily residue that may inhibit wax / sealant from bonding

I would suggest trying alcohol to remove the sap since it will not leave anything behind. It might also help to remove the WD40 if you decide to go that route, but not sure.

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bug & tar remover should work... sometimes it just takes a little time to soften up the sap.

Goo-Gone works too. It's a little oily, but if you wash the car with water mixed with a good amount of dish soap, it'll go away.

Do NOT confuse Goo-Gone with Goof-Off - which will destroy the paint.
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Goo-gone, bug and tar remover, alcohol, wd-40 ...i'm assuming wont harm the paint? I don't care about the wax removing

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Looks like im going to have doing this. I'll be happy once I get the sap off, I can't take my eyes off of it

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Guys... this is crazy but please try some hand sanitizer! it will work better than all of the above trust me I have tried it and even keep one of those little bottles in the glove box.

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Guys... this is crazy but please try some hand sanitizer! it will work better than all of the above trust me I have tried it and even keep one of those little bottles in the glove box.

That does kind of make sense since hand sanitizer has alcohol in it, but does it harm the paint, clearcoat, etc?

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That does kind of make sense since hand sanitizer has alcohol in it, but does it harm the paint, clearcoat, etc?
Isopropyl Alcohol will not harm paint. It is commonly used in paint prep

Hand sanitizer contains alcohol, but I would wonder as a health and beauty product if some may add mild abrasives or other additives.

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Bug & Tar remover is typically Mineral Spirits (or kerosene)

Alcohol (I prefer denatured because it is 100%) and oil free works well but the absolute best for the worst case scenario is..
3M adhesive remover....

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Isopropyl Alcohol will not harm paint. It is commonly used in paint prep
This is what I use. Never had a problem. I just spot wax the area after.
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I'd first try something like Meguiar's Ultimate Polish (NOT Ultimate Compound). Goo Gone can scratch clear coat, especially on darker or fragile colors. (I don't care what they claim--I've had it happen to me.)

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I also use alcohol. The higher the percentage, the better/faster it works.
If you get sap on the glass, the alcohol may leave a foggy mark on the glass. Just treat it as you would with the paint and hit it w/ a little wax, it will come right off.


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