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Ask DI: How to Remove Sap from Car

Ask DI - How To Remove Sap From Car
How to remove sap on your car? Tree sap can be some nasty stuff if you touch it or it falls on your car. Tree sap is like the blood of trees and if you park under a tree you may need to watch out. When it falls on your car paint you want to remove it as soon as possible so it doesn’t damage your paint.

Sap was never a problem until I recently moved. I started noticing that sap was on my car but by this time it had already hardened. In the one picture, you can visibly see the pine needle embedded in the sap on the window. After inspection I could also see a nice scratch on the paint that would need to be addressed another day. To remove the sap I decided to use some Stoner Tarminator Tar and Sap Remover and Gyeon Tar to tackle this job. After finding the right product for the job, these are both spray on and let dwell according to the directions, and wash off products to remove the sap. Keep reading for my detailed process.

Sap on car paint and window

How to Remove Sap - Stoner Tarminator and Gyeon Tar

First things first I rinsed the car off and gave it a quick wash with 3D Pink Car Soap to remove loose debris.

Washing sap on car window and paint

After drying it I sprayed the window with Stoner Tarminator and that sap spot on the paint with Gyeon Tar. Tarminator instructions were to let it dwell no more than 1 minute and Gyeon Tar was 1-2 mins before removing.

Removing sap with Stoner Tarminator and Gyeon Tar spray

The bulk of the sap did come off but I had to repeat those steps one more time to get the remaining sap off. After rinsing again I took my wash mitt and shampoo to wash it one more time and the sap is gone.

After photo of sap removed from car paint and window

Follow the instructions, remove the sap, and your car will thank you. Both products are very straightforward, easy to use, and got the job done!

9 comments on Ask DI: How to Remove Sap from Car

  1. Anthony Smith says:

    What product do you have for heavy oxidation on boats and RVs thank you very much

  2. Ron Ayotte says:

    I have had good luck using hand sanitizer gel and steam to remove sap from paint finishes.

  3. Phill pinkney says:

    But it the sap is dried on what do you do then?

    • Ron Ayotte says:

      The same thing… apply the gel, let it dwell for 20-30 minutes, 5hn hi5 it with steam, wipe off the residue with a microfiber towel.

  4. Bob says:

    90% rubbing alcohol has always worked well for me.

  5. 99.9 % ipa saturated on a cotton swap over the sap area. It will pull the sap off the paint into the cotton swab and require minimal if no rubbing! Then take a new microfiber towel, dampen with more IPA and remove the residue. Polish the area, panel wipe then apply protection!

  6. Mark Millon says:

    Thanks for the sap removal article, I’ve had limited success with other products that claim they work! My next purchase will be the Stoner & Gyeon!!!

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