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Old 08-07-2017, 09:36 AM   #1
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Pine tar/pitch

Maybe this is old hat for those who live in piney territory, but I got a liberal dose of pine pitch dripped on the TV and AS while in upstate NY. After trying a variety of chemicals in my arsenal, I found Sparkle Glass cleaner was the best solution. While still a bit of a job, it was gentle on all paints/clear coats, glass ans Plexiglas. Let it soak a bit and rub with a very wet, Sparkle soaked cotton rag.
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Simple Solution

We're deep in New England with loads of pine around including our yard. It's never a pretty sight when you discover that dropping on the beautiful clean finish of your TV or AS.

What we've used is a simple ingredient from the fridge. Never thought of it... in fact totally unexpected.

Mayonnaise

That's right, just dab some mayo on the offending drop, let it sit for a little bit and wipe it off. With heavier pine drips apply it again until it's fully removed. It even works on your skin. Amazing stuff...

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We're deep in New England with loads of pine around including our yard. It's never a pretty sight when you discover that dropping on the beautiful clean finish of your TV or AS.

What we've used is a simple ingredient from the fridge. Never thought of it... in fact totally unexpected.

Mayonnaise

That's right, just dab some mayo on the offending drop, let it sit for a little bit and wipe it off. With heavier pine drips apply it again until it's fully removed. It even works on your skin. Amazing stuff...

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I'll try that. Although I have cleaned the TV and most of the AS, I am sure I will be finding new spots for some time. I assume it has to be mayo, not miracle whip?
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WD-40 will remove almost all tar, pine, glue, etc., and is actually a GREAT cleaner for washing the car also! I buy it in gallon cans, pouring a cup or two into a 5-gal bucket, add water from the garden hose to turn it into a milky-emulsion.... rinse the car/airplane/etc off with a hose, use the emulsion instead of soapy water.... rinse again and dry with old towels.

It lubricates all the weatherseals, door/window hinges, leaves a just-waxed appearance and water beads-up if it rains as if it's been waxed. Straight WD 40 will remove road tar, wax, spilt paint, etc etc. (The mayonnaise has OIL in it as it's major ingredient and is why it will dissolve tar.)
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WD-40 in the car wash bucket is similar to the old timers trick of a cup of kerosene.

I usually grab the WD if I only have a spot or two of pine sap to clean off of a vehicle. If it is a large amount, I use mineral spirits.
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I'll try that. Although I have cleaned the TV and most of the AS, I am sure I will be finding new spots for some time. I assume it has to be mayo, not miracle whip?
Yep just plain old mayo...

Interesting about the WD-40, learn something new everyday. I've always used it for the SS parts (rock guards, etc...), have to give it a go as an emulsion for a general wash.

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WD-40 in the car wash bucket is similar to the old timers trick of a cup of kerosene.

I usually grab the WD if I only have a spot or two of pine sap to clean off of a vehicle. If it is a large amount, I use mineral spirits.
It says in my owners manual for my 67 to pour kerosene down the drains for winterizing. Another use for the stuff if you can get past the stink of it.
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How does that do on plexiglass?
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How does that do on plexiglass?
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WD-40 / Kerosene, mayo, ketchup, turpentine, and Windex all should be fine on Plexiglass. Since most Airstream's have Lexan on them that may not be the answer to the question you really wanted to ask . They are all ok on Lexan as well.

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WD-40 / Kerosene, mayo, ketchup, turpentine, and Windex all should be fine on Plexiglass. Since most Airstream's have Lexan on them that may not be the answer to the question you really wanted to ask . They are all ok on Lexan as well.

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No they're not. Never use Windex on lexan. Been there done that. Instant fogging and dulling.
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NEVER use Windex with Ammonia...on plastic. It's the Ammonia that kills Plexiglas/Lexan/etc. It also is why so many autos have crazed headlamp lenses. RTV (silicone adhesives) also smell like ammonia because that's how they cure. Using RTV near plastic can ruin some plastics. GE makes a type silicone adhesive specially for plastic/lexan/plexi... and it can be found in big box stores next to their selections of plastic window supplies.
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The "cup of kero in a bucket" and "kero stinks" commentary brings me to explain a bit more about the WD-40 use...

My Dad bought a '57 Chrysler and Mom showed him her copy of "Hints from Heloise"... which recommended a cup of kero in a bucket of warm water for washing the car. Dad tried it and it works wonderful.

When I acquired a highly-polished aluminum airplane (a restored 1953 Cessna 170) I wanted to avoid re-polishing ...but I hated the smell of kerosene... so I used WD-40 as an experiment. It's now been 18 years of ownership of a 65-year-old airplane and I've never had to re-polish the airplane, and nary a smidgen of corrosion anywhere either.
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Nice plane and thanks for the tip on WD-40. I had a 182 that was painted in the ugly 76 yellow and brown scheme. Wife called it a new breed of bird, "yellow belly money sucker"
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Nice plane and thanks for the tip on WD-40. I had a 182 that was painted in the ugly 76 yellow and brown scheme. Wife called it a new breed of bird, "yellow belly money sucker"
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Here we were over Lake Okanagan, British Columbia, headed out to Nanaimo, Vancouver Island a couple years ago...
We've had it all over North America:
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