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Old 02-19-2009, 10:42 AM   #1
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Pine Sap Removal from Plasticoat

How can I safely remove dried on pine sap without damaging the plasticoat?

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Old 02-19-2009, 12:20 PM   #2
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I would soak a rag with something like DE-SOLV-IT, GOO GONE, Tar Remover, or some similar product and place it on the affected area and let it soften the pine sap. It should get soft enough to rub off.
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:23 PM   #3
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My first order of operation with tree sap that has not been left on for a long, long time is to get a bucket with warm water, not scalding hot, but fairly warm. I soak a very soft cloth in the warm water and slowly remove the sap. Sometimes I use what I use to wash the Airstream (Armor All Car Wash) with warm water.

Of course for really, really old sap that has been stuck to the spot for years, I have no idea, I never let it get that far.

A good coating of wax (or Walbernize) prior to a sap condition also assists in the removal process of sap as the sap never really gets to the surface.
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:24 PM   #4
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You might try diluted Simple Green and rinse well.
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Old 02-19-2009, 03:48 PM   #5
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Not sure if this has been discussed, but we use to use good old fashion rubbing alcohol on our vintage cars. It will dissolve the hard stuff. I don't have any experience using it on an AS, and have no idea what effect it would have on the clearcoat.

We used an old diaper, spot soaked with the alcohol and light pressure.

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Old 02-19-2009, 04:02 PM   #6
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This has been discussed before. Use Wesson Oil. The amino acids in the vegatable oil will dissolve to sap. Just apply and rub with a soft cloth.
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:07 PM   #7
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Turpentine is the natural solvent, but not everyone has anymore due to latex paints.
Skin so soft has been my dissolving wonder for glue leftover when removing foam double sided tape, but be careful if left too long it will dissolve some plastics.
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I'm new, so don't listen to me, but I just got a name for something fairly new somewhere on this Forum about a product named RejeX. They claim, if you use this in lieu of wax products, you won't have sap problems, anymore, as well as other stuff trying to adhere to the aluminum. Good Sam has given it's Seal of Approval, if you trust that. I'm going to buy a bottle, and try it. You can buy direct at rejex.com, or eBay Motors sells it both around $20 for 16 oz. Happy Rubbing!
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Watch out for alcohol!

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Not sure if this has been discussed, but we use to use good old fashion rubbing alcohol on our vintage cars. It will dissolve the hard stuff. I don't have any experience using it on an AS, and have no idea what effect it would have on the clearcoat.

We used an old diaper, spot soaked with the alcohol and light pressure.

Best of Luck,

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My experience with the removal of peeling Swoopy Graphics from our '96 is that both ethanol and isopropyl damage plasticoat. What worked on the Swoopy adhesive was WD-40 and elbow grease.
Good luck.
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Try putting a ice cube on it until its cold enough to pop off with your thumb nail.

an auto body man says this is his method. haven't tried it. sounds a little far fetched but worth a try. I live in florida and pine tar is a problem
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