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How to Remove Tree Sap from Car

Ashwini Kulkarni Sule
Once on your car, tree sap can be really frustrating to get rid of. It stays there for a long time and makes your car look black and dirty. Here are a few quick and effective ways of to get rid of this menace.
Come Christmas and your freshly washed car gets covered in stinky, sticky tree sap. This substance is capable of creating stubborn stains on your car, which do not respond to normal soap solution during car wash.
If you let it be there for a while, it turns black and your car looks really dirty and unwelcome. You don't have to worry, though. Here are a couple of ways in which you can remove tree sap from the car and make it look like it's old self again.
Certain effective solvents against tree sap may be readily available at your home, as well.

Nail Polish Remover

Pour a bit of nail polish remover on a towel. Rub the towel on the tree sap stain in circular movements. The chemicals in it will instantly break up the tree sap and clear it off. Remember to wipe off its traces from the area.
For this, mix 1 tsp of baking soda in 1 cup of hot water. Use this solution to clean the affected area.
Clean the entire area with a fresh towel before washing the car with a normal soap solution.

Mineral Spirits

Dip a towel in some mineral spirit and rub it on the sap stain. Press down hard while you rub it in circular motions. Clean the area with a fresh towel and then again with the mineral spirit. You'll have to repeat the process a couple of times before the stain actually vanishes. Next step is to wash the car with the normal soap solution.

Orange Based Solvent and Children's Molding Clay

Orange based solvents break down the tree sap, while the children's molding clay acts as an abrasive. Pour some orange based solvent and rub the children's molding clay against the stain. Wipe off the excess solvent and children's molding clay with a fresh towel. Clean the affected area with a soap solution.

Automotive Clay

Automotive clay is a new product, which helps to get rid of all types of stains from the surface. It instantly sticks to the surface and pulls off any kind of contamination that is stuck on the surface.
Getting away with tree sap on your car as soon as possible, becomes a must. Dillydallying the cleaning work can ruin the surface of your car and spoil the car paint permanently.