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    Default How to remove tree sap from vehicle paint?

    Looking to remove the red poplar bud sap.

    It's like super glue.

    Any product recommendations?
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    Get yourself some plastic razor blades from Amazon to get the bulk of it off, and rub with some goo-gone bug & sap remover or isopropyl alcohol on a microfiber or bug sponge. Break the top layer of the sap with the plastic razor blade before you hit it with a chemical. It'll probably take some elbow grease. Failing that, try methyl hydrate (methanol) - it's safe, just don't let it linger on the paint for a super long time. That usually does it. Switch to a clean portion of the cloth/sponge frequently so it doesn't smear or streak the sap.

    Any residues left should go away with a clay bar or quick polish.

    Other things to try:

    - Superclean
    - full strength APC
    - Stoner Tarminator

    Don't leave anything on your paint for too long and give it a good clean when you're done before applying a protectant. A quick spray ceramic/graphene coating is a low-effort thing you can do that will make removing sap a breeze in the future.

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    Sonax Tree Sap Remover

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    Methyl hydrate takes it right off and wont damage the paint. Clay bar works too.
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    Methyl hydrate
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    Methyl hydrate is the way to go for tree sap.

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    Methyl hydrate definitely!

    Or a small can of gas line antifreeze is the same thing.

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