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    Old tree sap tips?

    I have white raindrop size tree sap thats been on my car since the fall from the pine trees out front. usually by summer they wash away, but this year i have a good amount left but im getting ready to sell the car so obviously its time for a clean up! ive washed it a few times but we havent gotten any good rain periods yet, to early in the season here... anyone have any tips on how to get it off? took it trhough the car wash but nothin changed, used some qtips with that goo-gone citrus cleaner but that only got the globbed up parts off, it doesnt seem to do well on whats really close to the finish i guess...

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    I had something like this before,

    You might call me crazy, but it worked. Done on a black ss.

    I wased the area with dawn, with a soft 100% cotten cloth. Then i got a new 100% cotten cloth and put a little bit of lighter fluid on it. WIth that scubed the area. Then as fast as i could washed it off again with dawn.

    Clayed the area. Washed again with dawn. Used the normal car wash stuff i use. Hit the area, and surrounding area with some good old cleaner wax, and finshed off with some Paste wax. Looked good REALLY GOOD!

    Now this worked for me. I have no idea what it could do to a clear coat or paint. So dont blame me if it does something to your own car.
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    goo gone? or hair dryer and plastic scraper

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    2 things.
    1. 3M adhesive remover OR,
    2. Use a Meguiar's or Turtle wax bug remover.
    That should do the trick.

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    The lighter fluid trick works well and so does the 3M adhesive remover. I swear by that 3M stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    The lighter fluid trick works well and so does the 3M adhesive remover. I swear by that 3M stuff.
    3m is great

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    im just worried about damaging the paint... id rather sell it dirty then with blank spots in the paint aha... hows the 3m safetywise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandkodiak View Post
    im just worried about damaging the paint... id rather sell it dirty then with blank spots in the paint aha... hows the 3m safetywise?
    I used the 3M stuff to get the goo off the paint when I removed my side molding. Its safe for paint.

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    I have used dryer sheets, just stick them in the soapy water and it wipes away sap, rubber, bird crap, and just about anything else you don't want on your paint (but leaves no scratches).

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    I used WD-40 and a micro fiber to get the sticky stuff from the emblems off. The 3m sounds like it may be a little better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GULLETT17 View Post
    goo gone? or hair dryer and plastic scraper
    A plastic scraper??????????

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    Quote Originally Posted by LETHALxLS1 View Post
    A plastic scraper??????????
    yes . . . .
    http://www.scraperite.com/

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    goo gone or goop off is not safe for paint.

    WD-40 is what I use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b.lee View Post
    goo gone or goop off is not safe for paint.

    WD-40 is what I use.
    really?? ive used it on paint and never had any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b.lee View Post
    goo gone or goop off is not safe for paint.

    WD-40 is what I use.
    Technically you're not applying it to your paint. You have your clear coat, and hopefully some wax that is protecting your paint. As long as you clean and wax the area you use it on immediately, you won't do any damage.

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    you must have some hardcore sap....i live in east texas, its covered in pines, but i make sure to never park near them.

    i have a small oak that gets some sap on mine in the fall, its tiny drops so it blows in the wind, i cant seem to get away from it, all my neighbors have the same trees. But i good scrubbing during a regular wash always gets mine off

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    There are some huge pine trees at my beach house, right where I park. One time I forgot to put my car cover on, and found half-dollar sized globs of sap with pine needles stuck in it all over my hood. I grabbed a can of Axe from my glove box, gave it a good soaking, and it came off like butter, literally.

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