Tree sap is truly a cleaning project that gets tougher with time. As sap sits on the surface, it hardens and adheres more firmly. The fresher the sap, the easier it will be to remove. Although the technique remains the same, expect to spend more time and effort removing older sap.
You Will Need:
- Rubbing alcohol
- Soft cloths
Steps to Remove the Sap:
The first step is to soften the sap so that it can be removed. If the sap has been on the car for an extended time, prepare to repeat steps 1-5 and allow more time for the sap to soften.
- Moisten a soft cloth thoroughly with rubbing alcohol, then dab the alcohol on to the sap. Reapply as necessary to completely wet the area.
- Allow the alcohol time to soak into the sap, adding more alcohol as needed.
- Once the sap has softened, apply a generous amount of WD-40 to the area.
- Wipe the surface with a clean, soft cloth to remove as much sap as possible.
- Continue applying WD-40 and wiping with a clean portion of the cloth until the sap is removed.
- Once complete, wash the surface with detergent and water as usual to remove any residue.
- Rinse the area completely and dry with a soft cloth.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Be sure to keep the portion of cloth wiping the car clean. If bits of sap are rubbed over the surface, you run the risk of reapplying the sap to the surface and/or scratching the paint.
- If the sap will not soften, nail polish remover can also be used. Be careful, as the polish remover can damage some paints. Remove it with soap and water as soon as possible to prevent any damage.