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Old 08-01-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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Tree Sap and Leather.

I'm a convertible owner, and I had an unfortunate incident with some tree sap. I got small specs of it all over the paint and quite a few on the leather.

I searched and found a few references to using isopropyl\rubbing\IPA alcohol to get it off the paint. That worked very well, where most other things did not.

Now for the Imola Red leather. I tried the alcohol on a small inconspicuous spot. It of course removed the sap, but it mildly changed the leather. It's very hard to notice, but I can. It's almost like it changed the finish, if not the color. It's hard to explain. Needless to say, I need another way.

Anyone have experience with something like this? I've tried leather cleaner (Lexol) , but that's a joke on this sap.
Any ideas are much appreciated.
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:39 AM   #2
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DO NOT use solvents on finished leather you will not only remove pigmentation (colour) but you will also compromise the urethane

Buy an aerosol compressed air computer cleaner (alternatively use an ice cube) the refrigerant it contains will 'freeze' the resin and it can then be carefully scraped off with a plastic razor blade
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Old 08-02-2012, 06:51 AM   #3
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Thanks TPGWT. I should have a chance to try it out this weekend. I used to work in a place that had cans of refrigerant designed to get gum off of carpet. It'd freeze it and it'd chip right off. I wonder if I can find a can of that? That might work better than the compressed air, but tougher to find. I'll do one of them for sure.
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