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Old 07-13-2012, 04:24 PM   #1
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Alright process for sap removal?

Alright, I got specs of tree sap all over my car and I didn't have time to wash it so its been baked on for a little over a week. I've do anything but wash, dry, dress tires and trim yada yada. Anyway I just bought a clay bar, lube, and wax from detailed image and I just wanted to make sure that my process is alright. I plan on washing, drying, clay barring, then waxing. I read about how clay bars remove wax and all and I just wanted to make sure that wax is the only thing I need to put back on my car after claying it. Thanks.

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Old 07-14-2012, 05:24 AM   #2
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Removal of Tree Resin / Sap

A lot depends upon the type of sap, which is actually an acidic resin emitted from the tree, the resin deposits can be removed by- Isopropyl alcohol (IPA), a safe solvent (Stoner’s Tarminator®) or turpentine, which is made from tree resins, in severe cases it can be used to break down the resin in tree sap, use as a last resort only and use sparingly and do not rub hard and give it some time to work and then use detailer’s clay.


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Old 07-14-2012, 06:57 AM   #3
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You can buy a bug/tar remover that I bet would work.

Also, you know, if you love your car and don't want anyone stealing it, it's actually a great idea to keep sap/tar/bird droppings all over it...that, or you could do what I did...go Fern Green...it's so ugly, no self-respecting thief would bother it.

And then, I'd just say that if you have a coat of wax on the car, it's protecting the finish, and I don't think you need to clay and wax the entire car. I'm pretty sure the rubbing alcohol removes wax though.

Oh, and Mango wanted me to tell you to replace your cooling system!
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:05 AM   #4
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[Also, you know, if you love your car and don't want anyone stealing it, it's actually a great idea to keep sap/tar/bird droppings all over it...]

Do you realize how acidic these pollutants are? Add moisture and heat (reactivity) and they will permeate the clear coat and cause it to fail.



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