The trees of the pacific northwest are valuable to the ecosystem and provide shade for vehicles. However, the cost associated with the use of trees as shade, particularly during spring, can make you question whether it’s worth it.
When you place your vehicle in a tree during the season for tree syrups which lasts from mid-January through the end of April, it is at risk of having sap from the tree drip through the branches of the tree and into your car, and we can assure you that tree sap is not good for the paint on your car and windows.
The sap is not just difficult to get rid of; It can cause damage to the vehicle in a short time. If it becomes hard and sticks to the vehicle and is able to stick to the car, it can damage the window’s clarity and paint. To make the process of removing sap easy for anyone at home, we’ve created a step-by-step guideline to get sap out of your vehicle in order to prevent damage.
Why Should You Remove Tree Sap Immediately.
The sap of trees is just as harmful as bug dander or bird droppings on your car’s windows as well as paint job because it can cause paint damage and harm even the wipers on your car’s windshield. This is the reason why the head mechanic at Consumer Reports Auto Test Center, John Ibbotson, advises, “Get the sap off as soon as possible because it will eventually eat through the paint, especially as the days warm up.”
The temperature increases the rate that sap adheres to the paint on your car. This is the reason why it is recommended to eliminate tree sap promptly whenever you spot it on your vehicle. A good way to track your progress is to check regularly for any sap of trees on your car and take it off when you see it.
How To Clean Sap off Your Car.
The process of removing sap from your vehicle is simple if you don’t let it set into the paint and adhere to it. The equipment needed to remove the sap stain would be:
- Warm water
- Car soap to wash your car
- Microfiber towels
- Isopropyl alcohol to remove stubborn sap staining
- A sap removal tool that is professional to remove even more difficult sap stains
Methods to get rid of sap staining are as the following:
- The first step is to wash your vehicle thoroughly.
- Then, gently but thoroughly apply the stain using warm soap, water, and a microfiber towel.
- Then, you can make use of a sap remover to take the sap off your car (go from a chemical that is the least to the most aggressive)
- After that, you can give your car a more thorough clean.
- Re-seal your paint by applying polish or wax to strengthen the coat of clearness.
1. Give Your Car A Thorough Wash
This should be done prior to focusing on the stain. Cleansing your car using water and soap will eliminate those sap stains that are stubborn and make them visible to the uninitiated eye. It also helps prepare your car for a successful sap cleaning.
If you’re washing your vehicle by yourself, you should make sure to wet the car prior to applying soap to prevent getting dirt, grime, and sap into the paint rather than getting rid of it. This can help you keep from causing scratches as you wash the car.
2. Apply Elbow Grease To Sap Spots
After washing your car, it should allow you easily spot sap spots. The ones that are tough or sticky, or stained require a little more effort to eliminate the spots.
You’ll need to be quick into the next step to ensure that the sap doesn’t dry out and then get further into the paint. For each spot of sap, gently but gently rub the sap with warm soap, water, or an absorbent microfiber cloth.
In the event that sap remains still fresh and hasn’t melted to the surface of the paint, then warm soap and water will be enough to get rid of it. If the stain is difficult to eliminate, try applying a small amount of isopropyl alcohol to it. Allow it to sit for at least 30 seconds, and then wipe it away by using a clean microfiber cloth. Repeat this process until the stain is gone.
If the stain seems impossible to get rid of, apply a sap and the tar remover. It will require elbow grease and a bit of extra scrubbing; however, not too much. You don’t want to harm the paint. If you find that scrubbing doesn’t perform, you’ll need to repeat the process with stronger chemicals such as those we will discuss in the next section.
3. Getting Tree Sap Off Your Windshield
If tree sap has accumulated present on your car’s windshield (or any other window), it is still have to wash every area. After thoroughly washing with water and soap, you can apply ruby alcohol. Let the alcohol rest for approximately 30 minutes. Clean the area with a microfiber cloth and repeat the procedure until all sap stains are gone.
When sap appears to be stuck onto the window, that signifies that it’s spent weeks on it. It’s likely to be necessary to use a detailed razor blade to scrape the hard-to-remove sap. We suggest making use of the 2-in-1 Scraper Tool as it comes with an aluminum blade, as well as an extra-safe plastic blade that is safe from scratching paint or windows. Remember to be kind and be patient! Razor blades could be hazardous for you and also your vehicle if they are used in a manner that is unsafe.
After you have removed the sap from the windshield, clean it with a premium auto glass cleaner so that there aren’t any residues. Here’s our list of 12 glass cleaners we love from which you can pick from.
What If The Sap Is Still Not Coming Off?
If you live in a place with lots of trees, then you are aware that certain trees, mostly evergreen and maple trees, are particularly sticky sap, which makes it more difficult to remove. If you have extra sticky sap from a tree, follow the steps below:
If you’re planning to use an DIY solution, begin by purchasing a nail polish remover that is acetone-based, put the ball in cotton, then rub it onto the sap with an upward motion. Repeat this process until the sap is removed. Other sap spots on trees could require rubbing alcohol or baking soda. Both are great for releasing sticky substances. Then, you’ll be able to clean the car to get rid of the sap.
If you’d like to utilize the services of a professional sap cleaner, then simply apply the sap cleaner to the area affected and then wipe it off with the help of a microfiber towel. Then, clean the car using soap and water to ensure that the chemicals are not remaining on the vehicle longer than it is needed.
The cleaning by applying a layer of wax to your car and then re-enforcing the clear coat and putting on a new protective layer. If the paint gets damaged, you can apply it over the location with touch-up paint.
How To Protect Car Paint After Using Harsh Chemicals.
After you have applied the chemicals to eliminate the sap, you’ll have ruined the clear coat, making the car’s paint susceptible to scratches and general damage. Here are two commonly used methods to strengthen the clear coat and safeguard your paint.
Polishing can help you get rid of any imperfections in the paintwork of your car that are due to the strong chemical that you used to remove the sap. Polishing your car can enhance its beauty by covering scratches and restoring faded areas. These are steps you can take to polish your vehicle:
When you polish by hand
- Buy a premium automobile polish (some of the top ones are Meguiar’s Ultra-Finishing Polish, Meguiar’s Ultimate Polish as well as The Turtle Wax Acrylic Black Polish).
- Rinse and wash the car in the shade of a place.
- Apply the car polish on an elastomer pad and apply it to the vehicle.
- Apply the treatment to a small area after another in circular motions.
- After covering the entire surface and then buffing off the polish using a dry, clean microfiber.
When you’re polishing with a machine buffer
- Make a small amount of polish onto the pad of application on the machine’s buffer.
- Attach the buffer to paint and apply polish prior to switching off.
- Slowly and steadily move the buffer in an overlaid motion, i.e., left to right, and up and down.
- Begin by starting with a slow speed before gradually increasing speed. Limit speed to lower ranges to avoid damage to the paint on cars.
- When the polish starts to dry, you can use a microfiber towel to get rid of any excess polish.
Car wax can assist in getting rid of swirl marks that appear light and also create a clear coat for the paint of your car (which will now be exposed to the chemicals used to remove sap) and preventing scratches in the future.
If you’re applying wax by hand
- Buy a premium car wax that is of the highest quality (some of the best include Car Guys Hybrid Wax, Meguiar’s Gold Class Carnauba as well as Meguiar’s Liquid Wax).
- Wash your car thoroughly and ensure that it’s dry prior to placing the wax.
- Apply some wax to the pad of the applicator.
- Apply the wax in small pieces, one at a moment using small circular movements.
- Make use of a microfiber cloth and apply moderate pressure to smooth away the wax.
In the event that you’re using a buffer for your machine
- Wash your car thoroughly and make sure that it’s dry before using the wax.
- Apply a small amount of wax on the buffing pad, and then dab the wax on the panel of your car that you’re working on before switching off the buffer.
- Switch on the buffer and slowly move it across the back of the vehicle that is being worked on.
- Clean any wax that has accumulated using a microfiber towel.
If you’re interested in diving further into whether it is better to polish or wax your vehicle, as well as how to wax or polish your vehicle, look up our wax and. Polish article. It goes into greater detail about the two types of paint.
Products To Remove The Sap From Your Car.
There are a variety of options for eliminating sap from your car according to your budget and personal preferences. Store-bought cleaners are easy to use and offer the best results, but time is essential in order to ensure that the sap doesn’t harm the paint. If you don’t own a professional sap removal product in your arsenal, it is likely you have home-made DIY products that could provide a speedier solution.
Store Bought Sap Removal Products
This is a strong car soap that gets rid of bugs as well as sap and tar from your car. It’s effective in getting rid of sap when the sap is not heavy and has not been sat upon the surface of your paint for a long time. However, it’s likely to fail to eliminate that most “troublesome” sap that has been sitting on your windows or paint for a long time.
It is a safe and effective vehicle sap remover for moderate amounts of sap. It will dissolve the stains of sap layer-by-layer until it reaches the paint of your car. When you apply it to the area and gently rub the spot with a the dry towel. Repeat this process until the sap is gone.
This is a powerful tar remover, which is suitable for sap stains that are stubborn. It can remove staining caused by bugs, tar, or sap from trees. Spray it on those areas affected, let it for about a minute, then wipe it off using a dry cloth. You don’t need to exert too much effort when you use this sap remover, as it’s a more powerful substance.
DIY Sap Removal Products
Nail polish remover contains Acetone, a powerful solvent that dissolves its sap and makes it simple to wash. It will not harm the car’s paint so long as it doesn’t remain for a long period of time (less than 15 mins) within it. Also, make use of microfiber for applying the nail polish remover onto the sap stain and adhere to the instructions in the previous paragraph to eliminate the sap.
Rubbing alcohol can be used to dissolve sap and get it removed from cars. Apply it on the spot with sap, and observe it dissolves. After that, simply wipe it away using a clean microfiber towel. After removing the stain clean, rinse your car with soap to wash off the alcohol, or else it could harm the paint on your car.
Adding baking soda to hot water can help quickly get rid of a sap spot on your vehicle. It is also possible to add the an acetone-based nail polish remover in order to make the solution more effective! Mix the paste before applying it to the sap stain. Then remove the stain with the damp towel.
Hiring A Professional
Sometimes, all your efforts to get rid of the stain are futile. Sometimes, you may not have the right materials or the time to complete the steps mentioned above. To stop the sap from being left on your vehicle for too long before being baked into the paint, think about hiring professionals.
If you decide to go this path, we’ll be waiting to help you! At Big’s, there’s no need to need to think about taking your car to a repair shop, and we will be at your home or workplace and will remove any naughty substance that’s not removing the paint of your vehicle.