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Old 05-20-2005, 08:31 AM
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Pine Tree Sap/Pitch - use solvent or buff?

I realize this question must have been asked a million times here. However I did not see it in the FAQ.

I recently acquired an '89 Cougar that is in excellent condition except it was parked near pine trees and has quite a bit of sap/pine pitch on the paint. Is it best to use a solvent approach, such as bug/tar remover or kerosene? Or better to buff off with a mild compound?

The paint is factory - whatever they were using back then. And the color is white.

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I would avoid a buff job. Try washing it with a solution of hot water and Dawn dishwashing detergent. If that doesn't work then use a wax and grease solvent base remover like PPG DX330. Buffing will be a mess as the sap will clog up the pads.

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Olive oil is great for getting tree sap off your hands, maybe it would work on the car.
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Thanks - good replies. I will try the dawn and reducer for sure. I didn't think about the sap clogging up the pad - but that makes sense. I'll let u guys know what happens.
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Plain old isophryl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) wont hurt the paint and comes right off.
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Olive oil is great for getting tree sap off your hands, maybe it would work on the car.
And a little parmesan cheese will be just right

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Paint thinner (basically bug and tar remover at a fraction of the price) is a great on tree sap (they share the same chemistry!) and is very gentle on car paint.
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I have to suggest using a clay bar. Pick up a clay bar kit and follow the instructions. You will be amazed by the results. You will have to re-wax after any of the above cleanings so pick up a good carnuba wax while you're at it...
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I have used WD-40 in the past with good results.
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Paint thinner (basically bug and tar remover at a fraction of the price) is a great on tree sap (they share the same chemistry!) and is very gentle on car paint.
Are you talking lacquer thinner, enamel thinner (mineral spirits), or some other sort of thinner?
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Use enamel thinner (mineral spirits). Lacquer thinner will take off flesh so don't uuse it!!!
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I ended up hand-rubbing the paint with Meguiars's #4. It worked great - there was a ton of crap on this paint!

Thanks again for all the input. I think next time I will try the grated cheese...!
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