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March 08, 2023 3 min read

How To Safely and Effectively Remove Tree Sap from Your Car/Vehicle or Other Surfaces

Tree sap is undoubtedly a major inconvenience and can be a “sticky” situation if you ever try to remove tree sap from your car using the wrong product or method. Moreover, tree sap can actually damage your car’s paint and finish if it is not cleaned off properly in time.

Tree sap is a light liquid that often leaks down from many types of trees, or can be carried with the wind, finding its way onto your car. When tree sap is left to bake in the hot sun or sit for a long period of time it turns into a thick, tar-like substance and eventually into a solid that is bonded to your vehicle’s paint or other surfaces.

Removal of tree sap is usually an involved process where a simple wash may not do the trick. You probably know from experience that soap and water often do not completely remove tree sap and it turns into a sticky mess that may end up scratching or etching your paint or vehicle’s clear coat. Not to mention, if tree sap ever dries on your vehicle, you will have a hard time removing it without the proper product or end up spending hundreds to thousands of dollars to fix the damage that it causes by repainting because the sap was never properly cleaned off.

 

Avoid Home Remedies or Commercial Cleaners and Go with The Properly Formulated Product To Safely Remove Tree Sap

There are many home remedies or “methods” that claim to remove tree sap. While some of those remedies, such as using rubbing alcohol, mineral spirits, WD-40, baking soda, or even a razor blade, may appear to work, some of these products and methods are harsh and abrasive and may end up causing more harm than good. Moreover, using commercial cleaners is a cautionary measure as some cleaners have aggressive formulations that may also damage your clear coat because they are extremely abrasive, contain many VOCs (volatile organic compounds), or other harmful chemicals that may be more suited for industrial needs.

 

TopCoat® SapErase™ is the Safe and Effective Solution to the Removal of Tree Sap from Your Car/Vehicle

Being in the business of creating some of the best sealants and detailing products on the market for over two decades, TopCoat® has formulated a SapErase™ product that is effective for safely removing tree sap from vehicles without ruining the vehicle’s finish.

TopCoat® SapErase™ is a safe formula for all exterior surfaces, not just your clearcoat paint. SapErase™ can be applied to any exterior surface without fear of damaging your vehicle’s finish.

 

How To Remove Sap from Your Car using TopCoat® SapErase™

Using SapErase™ is among the easiest, safest, and most effective ways of eliminating tree sap, or even tar, gum, or glue, from your vehicle’s exterior surfaces. Use of TopCoat® SapErase™ may also remove any leftover residues from unwanted substances and will require reapplying a sealant like TopCoat® F11® or TopCoat® F11PRO® to protect your surface after it is cleaned of tree sap. 

Simply pour SapErase™ into a TopCoat® MycroPad applicator pad, apply SapErase™ directly to the sap, wait a moment to let it soak in, and then gently wipe it with the applicator pad. You may follow up gently with a clean microfiber towel to remove any leftover product. After complete removal of the tree sap using SapErase™, we recommend that you protect the cleaned area with TopCoat® F11® or TopCoat® F11PRO® to ensure that tree sap or other unwanted elements do not have a chance to stick to the surface making them easier to remove.

Pro Tip: TopCoat® SapErase™ can also be used on fabrics and convertible tops! Use SapErase™ to remove sap safely and effectively from your car’s fabric convertible top without the risk of causing damage or discoloration. After removing the sap from your car’s convertible top, use TopCoat® F11 or TopCoat® F11PRO® to protect your convertible top and help repel water, dirt, grime, and dust from the hydrophobic properties of TopCoat® F11/F11PRO® and its advanced protective technologies.



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