Expert gives advice on removing tree sap

There are many contaminants that can wreak havoc on a car's paint job unless treated straight away and chief among them is tree sap.

This sticky substance can become baked onto the bodywork and is extremely difficult to remove, however, there are remedies to get rid of it.

One step is to avoid parking the vehicle anywhere near trees, although this may not be possible in some cases.

So what products to use?

Denver resident Howard Kahn wrote to the Wall Street Journal columnist Jonathan Welsh asking this very question.

The expert recommended using car shampoo and water to tackle tree sap and if this does not work to move onto something stronger.

Car polishes and automotive cleaners are two other options on the table, Mr Welsh told the reader.

He went on to reveal that solvents such as nail polish remover and mineral spirits have been known to work, however, motorists who want to do the job properly may prefer to stick with tried and trusted car exterior care products to ensure they do not do any lasting damage to their paint job.

Once the tree sap has been removed, Mr Welsh stated the vehicle should be thoroughly washed once more.

"The most important step is to thoroughly wash the car afterward to get the residue off the paint and then apply wax or other coating for protection," he added.

According to the experts at Victory Detailing, using clay bars is one of the most effective ways of removing tree sap from vehicles.

The team recently employed this method and said that the clay lifted the sap off the bodywork without taking the clear coat protective layer with it.

After doing this, they applied car waxes to protect the hard work they had put in making the car look as good as it could.

Posted by Matt Casson

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