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Old 07-24-2012, 08:20 PM
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Unhappy tree sap :(

Any suggestions on getting tree sap or pitch off without ruining my paint job? Tried warm water and soap, that just smears it around. A friend of mine suggested wd-40 but I'm afraid that will ruin the paint.
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You can try WD40 and it will work, but in my detail experience the best thing to use is K1 kerosene or diesel fuel. It will break down the sap, tar, bugs, and other road debris fairly easily. Store bought tar and bug removers are just that, nothing fancy. Before doing this though, make sure your truck is in the shade or in the garage. You don't ever want to put any kind of chemical on hot paint. Make sure your paint is cool. Soak a clean rag in some kero or diesel, then lay the rag on the spot you want to clean. Let it sit for about five min, then go back and using light pressure rub in small circles. The sap will break up an come off easily. Once the spot is sap free clean it with some glass cleaner to remove any residual oil, then apply wax to to spot. The wax is important because the kero strips the paint down and removes all wax that was previously on it. The wax will also help protect the paint from future sap exposure.
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It's too late for the OP, but let me reply to this incase someone else finds this thread in the future.

I straddle the line between extreme detailing enthusiast, and detailing professional. I have detailed cars for payment, but its by no means my sole means of income.

DO NOT EVER use gasoline, diesel, or kerosene to remove contaminants from your paint. This WILL compromise your clearcoat in the process. Putting the car in the shade doesn't make it any safer.

The best way to remove tree sap from your hood would be with an aggressive polishing compound. I'd start with a clay bar just to see if that would take it off. If it won't, then try something like Meguiars Ultimate Compound. If you have access to a random orbital or dual action polisher, it will be even better. I have removed ancient, caked on tree sap with an aggressive compound like Meguiars UC and a random orbital polisher with just a few passes. You'll want to follow up with a coat of wax afterwords too.
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butter works well to get it off of skin can't imagine that would hurt paint.
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Use denatured alcohol on a soft microfiber towel then wash/wax.
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