clock October 8, 2014 comments No Comments flowchart Family & Home CareOur Blog tag Property Maintenance

Nothing is worse than parking under a tree and finding sap all over your car (okay, maybe an explosion of bird do-do is worse!) If you neglect to remove the tree sap from your car, it will turn black and be even harder to remove. Here are a few tricks you can try that won’t take the paint off your car,  but can get rid of the sap quickly!

Rubbing Alcohol
This is one of the easiest ways to remove sap from the car, especially if it’s on the windows or windshield. Pour a small amount of the alcohol on the area. Using a razor blade or even a cloth, start removing the sap a small bit at a time. You might have to pour a little more alcohol on the area until it’s clean.Capture

Nail Polish Remover
When you use this product, you need to take a few precautions. If you don’t know what nail polish is (we are talking to the males), it’s main purpose is to remove paint from a nail, so it’s possible that the paint on the car will be removed as well, at least in a small area where you clean the sap. Pour the remover on a cotton ball instead of simply pouring it onto the sap. Let the remover completely soak into the cotton, and then gently rub the area. Rinse the area with baking soda and hot water.

This is a product that has several uses, including getting sap off of a car. You don’t need to take as many precautions using this, as it’s safe on most paints. It is a solvent, so it will break down the sap, making it easy to remove. Rinse the lubricant off of the car with a mixture of vinegar and water.

Murphy’s Oil Soap
You can clean the car and get the sap off at the same time. All you need to do is pour a small amount of this soap into a bucket of water. Wash the car as you would with any other cleaner. The strength of the soap will start to break down the sap. Two washes might be necessary to remove all of the sap.tree-sap-removal

Dryer Sheet

Although we have yet to try this technique ourselves, it’s said to work wonders on sap! Take a dryer sheet (Bounce, etc.) moisten and rub…Viola! Instantly gone and doesn’t alter the paint on the vehicle.


We want to hear your suggestions! Let us know which technique (listed above or not) you use to get the sap off your car. Good luck!

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