You most likely never saw tree sap in your life before parking under a tree on a windy day. You may love trees, but when they drop a substance that sticks to your windshield or your bodywork your new car, my guess is that you can get really depressed.
That is why I decided to write this guide on how to remove car tree sap without damaging your car. Unfortunately, a simple mobile detailing or car wash is not enough to remove sap. You need specific methods and supplies. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you everything.
3 things to know about tree sap
First of all, do not try to remove tree sap from your car if you have no idea how to do so! The first thing I wanted to do when I discovered my windshield full of Tree sap was to scrub it with my keys or anything sharp. Huge mistake! Once dry, car tree sap cannot be removed as easily. Plus, doing it the wrong way could damage your paint for real.
Second of all, just know that the longer you wait to have your car tree sap removed, the most damage it can cause to your bodywork. Don’t wait too long. And If you don’t feel like doing it yourself, any good mobile detailer or mobile car washer
will be able to come at your place and do it perfectly.
Last, having your car waxed
once in a while will add a protective layer to your bodywork. That way, if you get car tree sap, it will be easier for you to remove.You can even go a step further and ask your mobile auto detailer for a Clay Bar Treatment
to add a stronger protection layer on your car exterior.
How can I remove tree sap on my car myself?
- Start by washing thoroughly the area of the car that has tree sap. To do so, use a brush with soap and hot water. The heat will soften the sap that will make it easier to remove.
- You can use household products to remove tree sap on your car like alcohol wipes or mineral spirits. You can also use hand sanitizer.
- Use a microfiber towel or a clean cloth and do circular motions to remove the sap. Don’t go too hard if the sap in on your paint.
If it does not work, what you can also do is to use commercial tree sap remover. You will find some in any automobile specialized store.
Other things to know on tree sap removal
- You can remove tree sap with a Nail Polish Remover. This method is very useful. Use a cotton ball with such product. Original for a car detailing right?
- Don’t forget to wash thoroughly the car after having removed tree sap to wipe down all residues. After it’s removed, wash away any residue with a paste of baking soda and water.
- You can also use lighter fluid, rubbing alcohol, bacon grease or even tar remover. Leaving some of these products on the sap will have a dissolving effect.
Don’t want to do it yourself? Let us do the job for you! Ask for a mobile car wash in Los Angeles, no matter your location, and take a Tree sap removal! Our mobile detailers will be more than happy to teach you more about tree sap!