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    I very stupidly parked under a native tree the otehr day and got this hard, orange tree sap over most of the car. Now, it comes off okay, but leaves a smudgey dull mark on the paint. The guys at Magic Hands car wash reckon that a cut and polish would eliminate these marks, but I am a bit hesitant in doing this as I'm not sure what effect it would have on the duco. What are people's thoughts on this? Are there any other products out there that can get rid of these annoying little blobs??

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    steve im sorry to inform you that the only way to get these marks out is by using an angle grinder and a full respray.

    or aromatherapy.
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    Try using a clay bar system .. it lifts contaminants safely without damage (if used properly). Then a good wax and don't park their again

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    yeah second that...

    clay should be all thats needed (except if its been baking in the sun for over a week or so)...

    You should also use a sealant to help prevent further incidents in the future

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    Default Tree sap removal from cars

    Some tree sap is nearly impossible to remove, but I found that Citro Clean a domestic multi purpose spray type cleaner will remove just about anything.

    I have used it on motor vehicles, but I am always careful not to leave it too long in contact with the painted surface lest it bite into the paintwork!

    If you spray a small amount on, quickly wipe with a cloth and then a polish rag it will usually remove most tar or sap, and the polishing off seems to blend the stain spot. (Please try it on a non-conspicuous spot first

    Citro clean is also great for removing permanent marker ink stains as used by graffiti clowns. Lots of uses in and around a garage. (warning left too long on some plastics it will lift the surface!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by XTC206
    Try using a clay bar system .. it lifts contaminants safely without damage (if used properly). Then a good wax and don't park their again

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    So, does that include the ugly little stains left behind by the sap??

    I am of the opinion that it hasn't actually stained the paintwork as the duco has a clear gloss finish does it not (it's a metallic paint)??
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    this is a wild long shot, but have you considered using some fresh sap from the same tree? I'm guessing it would probably have a similar chemical composition, without the pigment.
    A bit like using clean oil to remove dirty oil, or a green mullbry to get out purple mullbry stains, etc etc.
    Just get the tree lopper to save you a branch after you have him remove it.(just kidding)
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    I hate tree sap, this link is to search results at autopia on removing tree sap, have a look through some threads and see if there some answers:
    http://autopia.org/forums/search.php...der=descending

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    Not just native trees, I parked undr a pine tree a few weeks ago
    and got several drops of clear pine resin on my car. Foolishly I tried
    to rub it off with my fingers and made it worse.

    Some of this goo also got on the side window and was so sticky
    it started to turn the window rubber inside out as the window went
    down bloody sticky stuff!

    When I got home I used a citrus (orange oil) based cleaner and
    with a clean cloth and a firm hand got it all off, but, and heres the rub...
    I've had my paint treated with a glaze by the dealer and that may
    have been why it was relatively easy for me to get it off without effecting
    the shine of the finish, despite my use of a mild solvent.

    Best of luck getting the stains out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biologist

    When I got home I used a citrus (orange oil) based cleaner and
    with a clean cloth and a firm hand got it all off, but, and heres the rub...
    I've had my paint treated with a glaze by the dealer and that may
    have been why it was relatively easy for me to get it off without effecting
    the shine of the finish, despite my use of a mild solvent.

    Best of luck getting the stains out.

    Cheers,
    Yeah, my car has been treated too!! However, I am half tempted to take it to them and say that it just has not done the job! Look at these smudge marks blahblah blah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone Free
    Yeah, my car has been treated too!! However, I am half tempted to take it to them and say that it just has not done the job! Look at these smudge marks blahblah blah.
    Used to be a product called Tree Sap remover. Have used it to remove sap form my 505 and it works well. Could work better if car was regularly waxed as the wax imparts a protective shell which protects the paint from the sap and probably even the remover!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone Free
    I very stupidly parked under a native tree the otehr day and got this hard, orange tree sap over most of the car. Now, it comes off okay, but leaves a smudgey dull mark on the paint.
    I have that problem too might give the Citro Clean a go
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    If the stain is still there after a good wash, I'd try wax or polish.

    It's worked for me on numerous occasions where it's taken the black tar stains and those little yellow dots off. I don't know where those yellow ones come from, some sort of tree I presume.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Nick
    ...those little yellow dots off. I don't know where
    those yellow ones come from, some sort of tree I presume....
    Its bird piss Dr., or piss as birds know it anyway, they eject little
    parcels of concentrated urea and nitrophilous waste with the yellow
    bits tending to seperate if ejected while they are flying.
    More useless information you never needed to know

    My paint treatment has certainly been worth it in that regard. Bird crap,
    insects, tar etc all just rub off now. Money well spent I reckon.

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    ive found that enjo marble paste is pretty good at getting rid of tree sap, just a small amount on an ordinary damp kitchen sponge and a lil firm rubbing and the sap is all gorn, doesnt leave any marks, scratches etc after use either

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    Quote Originally Posted by biologist
    Its bird piss Dr., or piss as birds know it anyway, they eject little
    parcels of concentrated urea and nitrophilous waste with the yellow
    bits tending to seperate if ejected while they are flying.
    More useless information you never needed to know

    My paint treatment has certainly been worth it in that regard. Bird crap,
    insects, tar etc all just rub off now. Money well spent I reckon.

    Cheers,
    Bird piss you say... Well all I know is that when I had a white car you'd still be able to see faint yellow dots where it was. Give it a buff with some polish and it came off.

    I'd like to know if someone tries it with tree sap... See if the ol' polish trick works on that too!

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