View Full Version : Removing Pine Sap from Car Paint

Michael Gabbay
08-04-2005, 11:43 AM
I'm sure many know this trick/method but I just discovered it this week.

We left our car parked under one of the pine trees in the driveway while on vacation. When we got back I noticed the gobs of sap on the hood and started to clean it. Well after trying 2 types of tar/bug remover and mineral spirits I tried denatured alcohol. The sap had hardened from being out in the heat and nothing would work except for the denatured alcohol. Man, it just came right off when I put it on a cotton ball! :) I found this tip on a detailing forum.

I put a coat of wax on after washing the hood. The tree will be trimed this weekend.


Bruce Volden
08-04-2005, 12:06 PM

Also heard / read where peanutbutter is excellent for this as well as removing road tar. Haven't tried it personally. I 'spose you wouldn't want to use "chunky style" for this purpose 'tho??!!

John Branam
08-04-2005, 12:26 PM
WD-40 will work to take the sap off and not hurt the paint or clear coat you wil have to wax it again though. I have used WD to get road tar and sap off my cars for a few years and never had a problem.

John Hart
08-04-2005, 12:58 PM
I found that pine sap tends to hold the rusty parts together on my car! :)

Rob Russell
08-04-2005, 1:25 PM
Sigh ...

I can tell you something that's not a good approach for removing pine sap or road tar from the rocker panels of a car. Steel wool soap pads. DAMHIKT. The "helpfulness" of youth ...


Chris Padilla
08-04-2005, 4:52 PM
Any tar remover should work...clay bar, too. And, yes, you'll need to give it a good cleaning and another coat of wax after the cleaning. The tar remover removes wax, too.

Dennis Peacock
08-04-2005, 6:24 PM
Just use mineral spirits. It works too. ;)

Don Baer
08-04-2005, 6:33 PM
I use my ROS with 80 grit. That gets it off....:D

Lee DeRaud
08-04-2005, 8:02 PM
I use my ROS with 80 grit. That gets it off....:DHey, I know you: you've got that Delorean with the machine-turned finish, right? :cool: :p