How to Get Tree Sap Off of a Car

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If tree sap hardens on the surface of a car, carefully use a razor blade to chip away at the stain without penetrating the paint. Apply polish to remove sap residue from a car with help from the owner of an auto detail shop in this free video on car maintenance.

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Hi, my name is Diesel and I am the owner and operator 4U2C mobile auto detailing here in beautiful hot Atlantic Georgia. Now, I'm going to show you how to get sap off a car. You can actually go to a lot of auto parts places and buy different kinds of sap remover. Some people actually like to use Lacquer thinner. Me what I like to use is a razor. Kind of scary but you got to be very careful with it. What I usually do is I take a razor as such. I put a little bind in it. Then I actually take both fingers. I place it on the panel of the car and I chip away at the top of the sap being very careful not to hit the paint. The paint on this car is about a thirty-thousand dollar paint job being very careful not to hit the paint. Solely chip away at the top. Basically what you're doing is you're making the spot weak. You only really want to do this if the sap has been on for so long that it's like hard like concrete. If it's really soft then you can use a cleaner. You can use a polish. You can use a lot of different things to get it out but if it's hard, you want to chip away at it. Get it weak and then once you get it broken up, then you can go over it with once again a cleaner or a sap cleaner or you can go over it with what I like to use is a polish. So, once I break it up I take I get rid of the razor really don't want to keep that anywhere that's going to cut you or damage the paint of the car. Then I take a little polish. I put it on the rag and I just rub it into the spot. Don't press too hard just rub it in and it should come out because you already pretty much broke the sap up. Wipe it and presto.

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