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Old 08-20-2017
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Default tree sap - just back from road trip

I just got back from a road trip - about 1000 miles driven in a week, Boston > Maryland > a short trip to W. Virginia > NYC area > upstate NY > back to Boston.

I just detailed the black beauty known as Lucille (my ride)...complete wash, detailing spray, and interior detail with protectant, leather cleaner & conditioner, etc. Gave her a good vacuum too. While in Maryland, I even found a self service wash bay to give her a good high pressure rinse. I hit a lot of flies while driving all those highway miles

As I was washing her today I found a couple small spots of tree sap near the front of the vehicle. It's too hard to get off with a microfibre towel...any suggestions? I used to love those bug, bird, and tar wipes, but those have been discontinued for some time; even the spray isn't available.

Also, generally speaking, when back from a long trip like that and, for example, you see extra grit and grime that washing just doesn't take off - like on the headlamp covers (tried ReVision already), and the front bumper cover - what's the best product to use to get rid of this nastiness?
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Default Re: tree sap - just back from road trip

I like Goo-Gone.
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thanks! chased with wax, I imagine it must strip the paint of its wax, at a minimum.
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WD-40 also works good on tree sap.

Yes, indeed, wax afterwards.
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thank you. regarding other stubborn stains not nearly as sticky as tree sap, I want to avoid treating large areas of the car or even lots of different spots with either goo gone or WD-40. Should I just use the clay bar on the headlamps and front bumper cover that took most of the abuse on the trip, I imagine that's probably the easiest way to quickly remove stubborn grime, then just chase with wax?
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WD-40 also works good on tree sap.

Yes, indeed, wax afterwards.
I forgot to take photos, but I believe it's not tree sap but rather a paint chip repair job that wasn't done that well. I will post photos here tonight or tomorrow. I tried WD-40 and the stuff didn't move, waxed after of course. The texture isn't sticky like I thought it was, but the cloth catches a little on it when I apply some pressure. I may try goo gone just to be sure.
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