If you own a car then it’s inevitable that, at some point, you’re going to suffer the dreaded tree sap issue. This sticky substance will soon dry if not removed. The longer it’s there—and the more the sun bakes it—the harder it is to remove.
The following discusses all the do’s and don’ts when it comes to how to remove sap from a car.
Tree sap is hugely damaging to a car’s paintwork. It’s also extremely difficult to remove if you don’t know how. Any quick Google search as to how to remove sap from a car brings up a plethora of methods. Some work, some don’t. Others not only fail to remove the sticky stuff but risk causing plenty of damage to your paintwork along the way.
Let’s first look at the ones you certainly shouldn’t do:
Nail polish: Most nail polishes contain acetone and are designed to melt away paint-like products. While your car’s paint is protected by a thin coating, if there’s any break in its integrity then you run a very real risk of removing the paint from the metal of the car.
Hand sanitizer: No doubt you have plenty of this hanging around. However, while it may well lift the sap from the surface of the car, most contain alcohol—and alcohol is not kind to car paintwork. The same applies to rubbing alcohol. While either product may work, why would you risk your gleaming paintwork when there are far less risky methods of removing sap.
Lighter fluid: Once again, this has paint-melting potential so—no matter what that dodgy online article suggests—this shouldn’t be attempted if you have any love at all for your vehicle’s good looks.
Baking soda: It’s abrasive, so why on earth would you want to rub it onto your car? Enough said about this one…
So, now we’ve hopefully dispelled some of the myths returned from that ‘remove tree sap from car’ search, let’s concentrate on how to safely get rid of the sticky stuff.
While it might not be the easiest task in the world, the following steps will help ensure the safe removal of tree sap.
If this hasn’t worked, then it’s time to move onto step 3:
Protecting your paintwork from tree sap is easily done with a professionally applied PPF. While you’ll still need to remove sap from the surface, there’s no worry that it’s going to damage the paintwork beneath. You can also be a little more vigorous in your attempts to remove it, thanks to the self-healing properties of PPF.
Tree sap, bird strikes, insect splats—not to mention the damage caused by UV rays, stone chips, and other environmental aspects—are all reasons to protect your car from the elements. Whether you want outstanding paint protection from PPF, a complete vehicle makeover with a car wrap, ceramic coating, or even window tinting, then there’s no better Florida provider Auto SuperShield.
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