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Tree Sap really sucks, any ideas on how to get it off?

So I got lots of little dots of tree sap on my car from parking under a tree obviously, and it's making my car look horrible. I wanna wash my car, but the forecast calls for rain so should I leave it out there to wash it away? I mean I tried to like get the sap off my windshield with windex, but turns out it just spreads the crap around (stupid me).



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Whispering sweet nothings in its ear will get it off pretty quick usually.

Goo gone or Goof Off (yes those are real brands) will take it off without harming the paint. If it has hardened, scrap/chip it off with a nylon (never metal) scraper, then use the product to soften the resin so it can be removed. Be patient, it may take a few applications to get the paint clean.

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Goof Off or another solvent will safely dissolve it without doing any damage to your paint.
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Any of the Bug and Tar Remover products should take care of it or Dawn Liquid Dishwashing Detergent should work also. But if you use either of my suggestions or the Goo Gone ones you'll have to wax the area again as all of those will remove your wax.

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Thanks guys I'll try some of those solutions



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Washing won't do a thing. You need to use a cleaning product combined with scraping it off. And get a car cover!
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So I got lots of little dots of tree sap on my car from parking under a tree obviously, and it's making my car look horrible. I wanna wash my car, but the forecast calls for rain so should I leave it out there to wash it away? I mean I tried to like get the sap off my windshield with windex, but turns out it just spreads the crap around (stupid me).
Rubbing Alcohol will do the trick. Dissolves the sap but be careful to wipe it OFF, not smear it around.
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Washing won't do a thing. You need to use a cleaning product combined with scraping it off. And get a car cover!
Some of you must have some evil trees in your area. Wash the car, it helps if you had some wax on it before you parked it, but wash the car. Now if the sap has been on there three weeks and baked in the sun and been fed by parking in the same place every day, that is another story.

Wash the car, and get some wax or sealant on it.
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