Spring and late summer are the prime seasons for sticky, gooey, tree sap as well as bird droppings. The stuff seems to ooze onto everything with ease, with its sticky, goo-like texture, tree sap quickly adheres to just about anything it comes into contact, from skin and hair to clothing, cars and more. Getting it off, however, can be a whole different matter. Trying to get rid of tree sap, however, can be a whole different matter, it can be difficult and annoying.
Here are some sure fire methods for removing tree sap from just about anything.
To avoid damaging the surface covered in sap, AWAYS test removal agents on an inconspicuous area first. Only when that area has been treated successfully should you proceed to a larger area. Always wear gloves and use precautions when using any type of chemical. Care should be given, when using mineral spirits, WD-40, and nail polish remover, as this can also remove paint.
Removing tree sap from a car’s finish is a bit more difficult than tar, as hardened sap can scratch your paint. DetailXPerts has tested both mineral spirits and denatured alcohol and by rubbing the spots with these items the sap was able to be removed without damaging the finish. Mineral spirits and denatured alcohol acts as a solvent to break up and dissolve the sap. Steam cleaning the cars exterior once the sap is removed will make sure no residue is left behind.
Tree sap is difficult to remove from any surface, especially once it’s hardened. Learning how to remove tree sap using common household items can make this task easy. However, if you have real tough tree sap stains, then you have to take the help of professional detailers.