How to Remove Sap From Painted Wood

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Things You'll Need

  • Goo Gone cleaner

  • Clean cloths

  • Bucket

  • Dishwashing soap

  • Water

Tree sap can be a source of frustration for homeowners when the sap stains painted wood surfaces outside. There is hope for your stained wood. Use a special product formulated to remove not only tree sap, but also a variety of other staining materials. Goo Gone is safe for many different surfaces, including painted wood, carpeting and clothing.


Step 1

Apply a small amount of Goo Gone to an inconspicuous area on the painted wood surface to test prior to using Goo Gone on the tree sap stain. Wait for about five minutes. If no undesired reactions occur on the painted surface, proceed with the tree sap removal.

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Step 2

Squeeze out enough Goo Gone to cover all stained areas on the painted wood. Ensure the tree sap is completely covered with Goo Gone.

Step 3

Wait for five minutes while the Goo Gone works at the stains.

Step 4

Wipe the area with a dry cloth to remove the Goo Gone after five minutes.

Step 5

Fill the bucket with soapy water and wash the area with soapy water after removing the Goo Gone.

Step 6

Rinse the area well with clear water and dry the area with a clean, dry cloth.


Treat the sap stains when they are fresh for best results.

Keep Goo Gone on hand for removing gum, grease, oil, stickers, candle wax, shoe polish and wet paint from many surfaces.


Wear plastic gloves when using Goo Gone if you will be using it for more than five or 10 minutes or if your skin is sensitive to chemicals.

Goo Gone may be fatal if consumed. Contact a physician immediately if it is ingested.


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