Tree sap removal...

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Majestic

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We have a huge catalpa tree. They are beautiful, but don't ever park under one. I have tried everything to get the sap off of my car. Chemical Guys tar/sap remover, Goo-Gone, rubbing alcohol, WD-40 and on, and on. It's almost like it's baked into the clearcoat at this point. Any ideas on what to try before I break out the polishing wheel and hit it with polishing compound?
 

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I have a Sweetgum tree in front of my shop that drops sap. If you are quick, it comes off pretty easily, especially of you have a good coat of wax on the car. For the sap that has hardened, it usually come off by scraping with a fingernail. Although I did have some that required a single edge razor blade, used carefully, to remove the sap.
 

kryptto

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I saw @J persons post and thought oh yeah I have this 3M product that could be helpful. Clean soft cloth - spray to cloth and rub gently

3M Adhesive Remover, Helps Remove Tar, Attachment Tape & Bumper Sticker Adhesive, 12 oz., 1 aerosol https://a.co/d/2pTlz6V
 

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I know this sounds counter-intuitive, but it's pretty benign to try...have you tried Dawn Powerwash (NOT the dish soap)...the squirt bottle?
 

kryptto

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you can "try" and use the plastic scrub side of the sponge to gently concentrate on the sap circles.
 

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