A very common question for all the team across Australia from Car Care Products from our customers is “How do I remove tree sap” Whether hardened or if you’re lucky fresh and gooey there are a few steps that can help you below.
Unfortunately depending on the type of tree sap and how hard it is you may need to try a variety of products to see which works best for the job of the sap removal. Several products we could suggest such as GYEON quartz Q2 Tar Remover, Stoner Tarminator, Nextzett Active Insect & Sap Remover or even possible Isopropyl Alcohol. However we couldn’t tell you which will work better as it’s a case by case scenario for each car!
Firstly, we suggest if it is incredibly hard to remove with your finger and you’re attempting to use your nail maybe consider these Plastic Razor Blades – a much safer and easier (and less painful) way of removing those very hard stubborn sap spots on your paintwork.
You may find on depending how long the sap has been on the car for you might even possibly mar the paint removing it, if this is the case a light polish might be required with a polishing compound such as GYEON Q2M Compound or Menzerna HC400 on a suitable pad. This can also be done by hand but will take a little more effort.
Step 1) Spray the Tree Sap with the product you have purchased,
Step 2) Allow the product as instructed on the bottle to sit to soak into the sap to soften it from on the surface
Step 3) Use a Microfibre Applicator or Sponge to lightly scrub the area
Step 4) Rinse the surface thoroughly with water, follow with washing the area and re-rinsing
Step 5) Since this is more of a tar like substance, it can be quite stubborn and take some effort to remove. You may need to repeat the steps above until the tree sap has been removed.
If you are parked below trees where tree sap is common we can only suggest considering topping up protection and maintaining your paint regularly to prevent any stainage from the sap.
Note: Most tar & sap removers will not affect or damage your ceramic coating, however if you have a synthetic sealant (polymer) or carnauba wax over your car you will need to reapply your protection after you have completed these steps above.