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Old 10-24-2014, 02:12 PM   #1
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Sap Removal Question

I'm looking for suggestions on what product is best to remove pine tree sap on the trailer?

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Old 10-24-2014, 03:17 PM   #2
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I have used denatured alcohol on clear-coated cars with good results. Quick removal and doesn't attack the clear-coat.



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Old 10-24-2014, 03:46 PM   #3
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Modern Airstreams are all clear-coated just like autos. Any bug & tar remover for auto will be safe to use on your Airstream.

There are lots of home grown solutions such as denatured alcohol, WD-40, etc...
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Old 10-24-2014, 04:07 PM   #4
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As suggested by AnnArborBob, here's a home-grown solution. I've used Eucalyptus Oil to remove tree sap from my vehicles and it works great. You can find it in small bottles in health food stores. It removes the sap and does not harm the vehicle's finish. It's a 100% natural product and smells good too.
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sap removal

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Old 10-24-2014, 06:57 PM   #6
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Walbernize works and shines too!

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Old 10-24-2014, 11:47 PM   #7
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Hand sanitizer.
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Old 10-25-2014, 05:45 AM   #8
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Bluto, be careful to attack the sap only. A big rag full of solvent may not work as expected. The natural oils and alcohol sous useful. Also I have used wd40 but I put in a small container like the cap off the wd40 can and dipped with q tip. This way you can apply directly and let the solvent "work" without a lot of rubbing the surrounding Area.
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Old 10-25-2014, 07:03 AM   #9
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Really HOT water & a melts the sap off.

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Old 10-25-2014, 08:00 AM   #10
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Alcohol works easiest for me.
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Old 10-25-2014, 08:23 AM   #11
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I start with the mildest approach, soap and water, and, if not successful, work my way way up through the stronger solutions. Have found soap and water followed by polish/wax removes the sap most of the time.
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Old 10-25-2014, 08:52 AM   #12
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Margarine also can work well on tree sap for those who might be concerned about harsh solvents. Takes a little mild rubbing. Seems hard to believe I know but it works.
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Old 10-25-2014, 11:40 AM   #13
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Wow, lots of great suggestions, most I wouldn't have ever thought of. I'm going to start on this mess later this coming week. Just finished up a month of travels and the trailer is covered with sap and dead bugs.
My approach will be to wash it completely then try some of the products suggested. Then wash again and wax. I know I won't get it all done in one day, this may take me a week or so. It's no fun getting old.
Thanks everyone!
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Coca Cola works great! It's the phosphoric acid! Works great on bug guys that get cooked on too!

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