With summer here, more car owners are parking their vehicles under trees to keep them in the shade. This is a wise strategy; however, the owner often returns to find tree sap on the hood or windshield. We’ll go over the steps for removing tree sap from your car. Improper removal technique can result in paint damage.
Since tree sap is sticky, the natural tendency is to scrape off the gunk using a sharp object like your car keys. This is a mistake. We don’t recommend any scraping, not even with a blunter object like a credit card.
We do recommend washing and waxing your car once in a while. This adds a protective layer that makes it easier to remove sap while minimizing damage.
1. Wash the sap spot using hot water, carwash soap, and a soft brush. The heat from the water will soften the sap.
2. Use hand sanitizer, nail polish remover, mineral spirits, or alcohol wipes to remove the tree sap.
3. Wipe the area clean using a microfiber cloth.
4. Wash the car thoroughly as you normally would to remove all traces of residue.
Sometimes, you don’t spot the sap on your car until several days or weeks after it lands on the car’s surface. By then, the sap has hardened, and you may not be able to remove it using the above steps. In this case, bring the car to a professional vehicle detailer.
The Lynnwood area is home to many sap-producing tree species. This is why sap removal is one of our many specialties. If you spot sap anywhere on your vehicle, bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail for a full restoration. We remove tree sap from cars no matter how sticky or hardened the residue has become.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and south Snohomish County