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Recently I've picked up a bunch of tiny, hard sap spots all over my car. When you run your fingers over the car, you can feel the spots on top of the paint. Does anyone have a recommended approach for removing them? I've tried hand washing and waxing, but the spots are still sitting there on my paint ...
 

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Re: Hard Sap Removal (RCar)

use some solvent to remove it. let it sit for about a minute and it should loosen it up a little bit. clay bar the surface afterwards and put a wax over it to protect it.
 

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Re: Hard Sap Removal (RCar)

You can either use baby oil or rubbing alcohol. Baby oil is used to soften the sap so you can wipe it off, the alcohol is a solvent. I prefer baby oil.
 

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You can use Avon's "Skin So Soft" product to remove heavy sap build up (like pine sap) and use Dawn dishwashing soap and a clay bar to remove the small (Oak) sap dots all over the finish. <p>Make sure you put a good coat of wax on the car after your done doing whatever it is your going to do. Maintain the finish by cleaning often or quick detailing with a spray and clean cotton cloth. <p>My car was a mess when I bought it, but I told the dealer leave it alone, I'll take care of it and in the end it came out great.
 

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I have a similar issue, as i park outside under a bunch of younger trees that just love sapping the crap out of my car.<p>I typically get a gardening attachment for my hose, set it to a medium pressure 'rain' type setting, and soak the car for 10-15 minutes. This seems to soften up the sap enough so that when i wash with my mit (slowly, quarter by quarter, still soaking remainder of car ever couple mins or so) - the mit + the Meguiars Gold car wash i use usually does the trick.<p>Ive also found that a good wax helps build a security layer between sap and paint, thus making it easier to wash away.
 

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Re: (AbsolutZer0)

I have found that griots garage speed shine will take sap off pretty easily, and leaves the wax intact.
 

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This is great information to know, everywhere I have spoken to about sap, thank goodness its not on my car, that it will need to be repainted because the sap cannot be removed by any other method.
 

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This will sound crazy but it works Bacon grease will take it off, then wax and shine with your favorite products.
 

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Re: (CM2RAS)

Guys, if you have a decent wax job on your car, just take it to the nearest DIY car wash. The hot soap wash with high pressure will take it right off. I guess if you let it sit and bake on for an extended period of time it might be harder than that, but any time I've had sap on mine a simple hot water/soap bath takes it right off with little/no effort. <p>Good luck.
 

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i just found another way! My car was COATED in sap from sitting while i was out of town. It stormed last night, dumped an inch or two, car looks shiny and new today <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Hard Sap Removal (Evos_R)

I baby oiled the flat surfaces of my car, let it set for 15 minutes and that took of nearly all of the hard sap spots. Minimal effort for good results.<br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>CM2RAS</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">This will sound crazy but it works Bacon grease will take it off, then wax and shine with your favorite products.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yeah, but what's gonna happen if and when you go to into the mountains, i.e. Yosemite or or Sequoia NPs? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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